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 2017.
If your enquiry is about an existing or new application for reception or other year group for academic year 2016/17, you should read our guidance about applying as an In Year applicant.
Our guidance for reception places 2017 is split into three easy to follow sections
- Making an application for a reception class place for September 2017 (includes link to online form)
- 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 2017. If parents miss this deadline, your child's application will be classed as late and will be processed after the applications received on time.
Key dates for September 2017
|1 September 2016||Apply online from this date|
|15 January 2017||Closing date for all application forms to be received. Deadline for applications is midday (12 noon)|
|3 February 2017||Last date for you to tell us about exceptional circumstances, such as a house move or loss of sibling link, for it to be considered in the process for 18 April.|
|18 April 2017||National offer day. Login online to see your offer. Alternatively we will post letters second class today to paper applicants.|
|2 May 2017||Deadline to accept offer. If you do not respond we may remove the place and reallocate it to another child.|
|8 May 2017||First waiting list round to reallocate places that have become available.|
|15 May 2017||Deadline to submit late changes and late applications to be considered in the second waiting list run.|
|22 May 2017||Deadline to submit an appeal to ensure it is heard in the first round of appeals.|
|5 June 2017||Second waiting list run to reallocate places that have become available. Late applicants and late changes will be made offers today.|