But it needn't matter as if they have a place in the year group you can have it IYSWIM. If the year group is full then it does matter as you'd need to be in catchment.
Historically both Basseleg and Caerleon were the best performing schools in Newport. No mystery as they have the better catchment areas. Caerleon had the same head for many years but recently there has been a bit of chopping and changing but I know everyone is pleased about the new head and I imagine now would be a good time to join the school as there is sure to be a positive vibe.
Both schools have pretty old buildings as the council rebuilding programme seems to have started on the most challenged schools and left these 2 until last. Caerleon has relatively few kids on free school meals so their funding is lower and and think it does struggle with that.
It is quite an aspirational area and the school has had a grammar atmosphere. Sixth form is competitive to get into so if you are not a 3 or 4 A level student you have to go to college.