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.
Our guidance for reception places 2016 is split into three easy to follow sections
- Information and advice on making an application for a reception class place for September 2016
- Offer day and beyond
- Frequently asked questions
We will also publish news and updates during the year in our news section.
The closing date for on time applications is midday (12 noon) 15 January 2016. If parents miss this deadline, your child's application will be classed as late and will be processed after the applications received on time. To apply as a late applicant, you can either apply online or download and complete a paper copy of the late reception application form (pdf, 98KB). For more information on late changes or applications read the guidance in the Frequently asked questions section.
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.|