Gateshead Council School Admissions
Gateshead Council school admissions information and online application system
Primary School Admissions
We allocate places at our Community Primary, Infant and Junior Schools using our policy below and co-ordinate admissions to our schools using our co-ordinated admission scheme.
The policy is as follows:
Your child will start school at the beginning of the academic year in which they will reach the age of five. (An academic year lasts from 1 September in one year to 31 August in the following year). However In many schools the first year will include an induction period, (a period for your child to get used to school life).
This period may last from September until no later than the end of the October half term holiday. Parents who wish to defer their child’s entry beyond this period must make this request in writing at the time of application for admission to school. Deferred entry must not extend beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s 5th birthday, or beyond the academic year for which the application was accepted. Deferred entry will be considered by us the local authority (LA) in consultation with the Head Teacher and governors of the school.
The closing date for the return of applications is 15 January 2018.
From Monday 8 September 2017 you can apply for a place in a reception or Junior class for admission in September 2018 by applying on-line at www.gateshead.gov.uk you must submit your application by no later than Friday 15 January 2018.
Alternatively parents requiring a paper application form must ensure that they request it in sufficient time for them to complete and return it by no later than Friday 15 January 2018 to The School Admissions Team Gateshead Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH.
If you live outside of Gateshead and want to apply to a Gateshead school you must obtain an application form from your own Council and return it to them by their closing date or apply through their on-line application system. However you must still consider the information in Gateshead Council’s “Admission to Primary school” booklet so that you know what the admission arrangements are to Gateshead schools. This information is available at www.gateshead.gov.uk . Your own Council will send us notification of your application and they will let you know the final allocation of a school place for your child.
The offer day is 16 April 2018 a letter will be sent to parents who are Gateshead residents by 2nd class post informing them of the school they have been offered for their child. Gateshead residents who apply on-line are informed by email on 16 April 2018.
General information and definitions
For information on our admission arrangements and definitions of the terms used in this policy please refer to our “Admission to Primary school” booklet available at www.gateshead.gov.uk The co-ordinated admission scheme and Catchment areas referred to in this policy can also be viewed at Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH and on the website above.
All children are entitled to 15 hours of free provision provided over 38 weeks (universal entitlement). From September 2017 some children have been entitled to an additional 15 hours (extended entitlement).
In this school nursery class we offer the following patterns of provision :
Universal Entitlement –
Five morning sessions – 8.30am – 11.30am
Five afternoons – 12.30pm – 3.30pm.
Extended Entitlement – 30 hours:
9.00am until 3.00pm 5 days per week
Actual provision will be determined by the applications made for the academic year. Where possible we will endeavour to offer parents/carers their first choice of provision, but an alternative may be proposed in order to maintain a cohesive nursery education for all of our children.
All children, subject to the availability of places, will normally be admitted to the nursery class no earlier than the start of term after their third birthday i.e. at the start of term in September, following the autumn half term, January, following the spring half term, after the Easter break or after the summer half term break.
However, we may need to delay your child’s start beyond the relevant term in circumstances where the school has induction procedures to follow to enable your child to be successfully integrated with others and get used to school life. This is decided in consultation with the head teacher. Your child may not receive their full free entitlement in these circumstances.
If there are not enough places available for all applicants we will apply the following criteria which are ranked in priority order below
- Children who will become four years of age during the 2017/18 academic year and would only have the opportunity to benefit from three terms of nursery education.
The allocation of places within this group of children will then be based on priorities 1 to 7 listed below.
If there are not enough applicants within this older group of children to fill all available places, then we will consider those younger children who will reach the age of three during the academic year 2018/2019.
Priority will then be given to those children who become three during the autumn term, then the spring term and then the summer term.
Within each term the allocation of places is based on priorities 1 to 7 listed below.
Places can only be offered to these younger children if we can confirm that a place is not needed for a child who will become four years of age during the 2018/19 academic year.
We will give priority in the following order:
1. Looked After Childrenr- Children in public care and as deemed under Section 22 of the Children Act 1989.
2. Children who will access either their full universal entitlement or full extended entitlement within this nursery.
3. Children who live in the school’s catchment area.
4. Children who live in Gateshead and who will have a brother or sister at the school, or at the feeder junior school during the coming academic year.
5. Children who have exceptional medical or social grounds (see Point a below).
6. Other children who live in Gateshead.
7. Children who love outside Gateshead, but only if places are otherwise likely to remain available during the academic year.
Where parents/carers are wanting to pay for a place e.g. where a child is only eligible for universal entitlement, but parent/carer wants 30 hour place this will only be possible if there are places available.
We can consider exceptional individual applications, particularly in cases involving medical or social needs. If you wish to apply on medical or social grounds you must provide written evidence from relevant registered health professionals i.e. doctor or social worker. The evidence must demonstrate why the chosen school is more appropriate and what difficulties would be caused if you child were to travel to and attend alternative schools. We will not consider such applications if the relevant professional evidence is not provided. This evidence will be assessed by a panel of governors and the headteacher. No assumption should be made that submission of the relevant evidence will, in itself, be sufficient to allocate a place.
If within any of the above priorities there are more applicants than places available then priority will be given to those children based on the distance they live from the school measured as the crow flies i.e. in a straight line from the centre of the home residence to the main entrance of the school. Children living nearest the school will have priority.
For the purposes of deciding whether a child lives in the catchment area of a school we will use the parent or legal guardian’s address or the address of a relevant adult who has parental responsibility (as defined under the 1989 Children Act) for the child.
If places then become available we will consider all the applications on a waiting list. The waiting list will be maintained by the head teacher from the start of the academic year and be kept for the rest of the academic year. All applicants on the waiting list will be placed according to the admission criteria and priorities set out above. The length of time a child has been on the waiting list cannot be taken into account if places become available. If you apply late, you child’s name may be added to the list by using the priority order described above.
To apply for a place in our nursery class for September 2015 or subsequent terms in the 2015/16 academic year, you must complete and return your application form to the head teacher of your chosen first preference school by Friday 11 December 2015.
Allocation of places will be made on the basis of information received by the closing date – you will be issued with a receipt when your application is received by the school.
If you feel that the admissions criteria stated above have not been fairly applied to your child then you may register a complaint with the governing body through the school office.
This policy will be reviewed annually by the governing body.