Admission Arrangements

All requests for admissions into Reception are dealt with by the Schools Admissions Department at the Civic Centre.

Admissions are made on line via the .

E-mail –   Telephone: 0191 5611399

Deadlines for admissions vary from year to year and prospective parents need to check the closing date. Children are usually admitted to school in the September of the academic year in which their fifth birthday falls.  Below is  the statement about how places are allocated.

All other places higher up the school or in year transfers are dealt with by application to the school directly.


Initially places are allocated using the following criteria:

‘Looked-after’ child –  a child that is ‘looked-after’ by a Local Authority in accordance with Section 22(1) of the Children’s Act 1989 and a child who was looked after, but ceased to be so, because of adoption (or has become subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).

A sibling link – an older brother/sister or older child (including adoptive, foster or step-children) who shares the same parent/carer and lives at the same address, who will still be attending the preferred school, or the junior school for which the preferred school is the feeder infant school, at the time of   admission.

Exceptional medical or psychological reasons – (you must include a medical/psychological report, prepared by a professional, to confirm information that you include in this section. This report should explain why only this school can meet your child’s medical or psychological needs. Common childhood medical  conditions such as asthma or giving a child’s nervousness at starting new school as a psychological reason for choosing a particular school are unlikely to be accepted as exceptional). If you intend to use this criterion when expressing a preference, please contact the School Admissions Team before completing the application form. (Eligibility under this category will be considered by a meeting of Senior LA Officers).

Pupils for whom preferences are expressed on grounds other than those outlined above.

Within each of the above, places will be offered on the basis of distance from the centre of the home address to the main entrance of the school with priority being given to those living closest to the school. Distance is measured by the shortest/safest walking distance, using a geographical information system (GIS).

At the first stage of allocations there will be no distinction between 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. preference applications. All applications will be considered equally against the admission criteria. If a pupil then qualifies for a place at more than one school, the parent’s highest ranked preference will be offered and any lower ranking offers will be disregarded.  In determining allocations, priority will be given to those applications where the parental preference is received by the published deadline date.

Where a pupil has a statement of special education need naming a school, a place will be offered at that school (subject to confirmation by the SEN Unit).

Parents who are awarded a place for their child may request that the date their child is admitted to school is deferred until later in the year or subsequent year, for example, until the start of the term when the child reaches compulsory school age. Parents can also request that their child takes up the place part time, if it is in the interest of the child, until the child is of compulsory school age. In this instance, parents must discuss this with the Headteacher. Compulsory school age is determined as the term after the child’s fifth birthday.

Where it is not possible to offer a place at a school, the child will be placed on a waiting list. The waiting list is sorted using the admission criteria and will be held until the end of the Autumn term, after the children start school in September.  Parents who are refused a place have a statutory right of appeal. Further details of the appeals process will be included with the notification letter but are also available from the School Admissions Team.