Admission to primary school

Schools

Children can start school in the September following their fourth birthday.

Parents are able to delay admission until the term following their child's fifth birthday and the place will be held.  

Entry cannot be delayed beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, or beyond the school year for which the application was made.

Before deciding whether to defer your child’s entry to school, you should contact your preferred school(s) to clarify how they cater for the youngest children in Reception and how the needs of these children are met as they move up through the school.

Reception applications for September 2019

If your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 you can apply for a September 2019 reception school place between 5 November 2018 and 14 January 2019.

Decisions will be issued 16 April 2019.

You should contact voluntary aided (faith) schools directly for an application form.

Download the school admissions policy 2019/2020 (pdf)

Please note: the online admission system is unavailable Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 December 2018 to allow for essential maintenance, apologies for any inconvenience

Children currently in a Newport community nursery school should have received a letter explaining the application process.

A UID number is not needed to apply online, simply selelct 'no UID' when prompted.

Applying online will ensure that your application is received by the closing date and that you can view your decision on the offer date.

Free internet access is available at Newport Libraries if you don't have access at home.

Alternatively, download a September 2019 reception application form (pdf)

Welsh-medium schools

When you make your application you are asked to elect preferences for schools - have you considered a preference for Welsh-medium education in Newport?

In-year applications

Read about and make an in-year application outside the normal admissions round.

Oversubscription criteria for admission to primary school

Where there are more applications for a particular school than there are places available, the following oversubscription criteria will be applied to decide which children should be admitted. 

Where a school is named in a statement of Special Educational Needs, we have a duty to admit the child to the named setting before the over-subscription criteria is applied against applications received.

This will reduce the number of places available to other applicants.

If the total number of preferences for admission to a school exceeds the number of places, the following order of priority will be applied to allocate the available places:

  1. Looked-after children (children in public care) and previously looked-after children
  2. Pupils living within the catchment area and making an application on medical grounds or placed on the Child Protection Register and recommended by social services
  3. Pupils living within the catchment area but with relevant siblings
  4. Pupils living within the catchment area
  5. Pupils living outside the catchment area and making an application on medical grounds or placed on the Child Protection Register and recommended by social services
  6. Pupils living outside the catchment area but with relevant siblings
  7. Pupils living outside the catchment area.

After considering the above categories, or if the number of applications in any one of the above categories exceeds the published admission number, priority will be based on those living closest to the preferred school. 

Contact

Email school.admissions@newport.gov.uk or telephone (01633) 656656

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