Starting school can be an important step for your child and we realise it can be a difficult and stressful time for you both.  Newcastle City Council co-ordinates reception class admissions to all Newcastle state schools and academies and we aim to make the system as simple as possible.

This guidance is aimed at parents and carers of Newcastle children whose children will start in a reception class in September 2016

If your enquiry is about an existing or new application for reception or other year group for academic year 2015/16, you should read our guidance about applying as an In Year applicant.

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Our guidance for reception places 2016 is split into three easy to follow sections

We will also publish news and updates during the year in our news section.

Please note the online application system will open from 1 September 2015. The closing date for applications is midday (12 noon) 15 January 2016.

Key dates for September 2016

1 September 2015 Apply online from today
15 January 2016 Deadline for applications is midday
18 April 2016 National offer day. Login online to see your offer. Alternatively we will post letters second class today to paper applicants.
2 May 2016 Deadline to accept offer. If you do not respond we may remove the place and reallocate it to another child.
9 May 2016 First waiting list round to reallocate places that have become available.
12 May 2016 Deadline to submit late changes and late applications to be considered in the second waiting list run.
22 May 2016 Deadline to submit an appeal to ensure it is heard before the end of term.
6 June 2016 Second waiting list run to reallocate places that have become available.  Late applicants will be made offers today.

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Page last updated: 17 September, 2015