Primary School Admissions

(Gateshead Council Primary School Admission Policy 2020/21) 

We allocate places at Gateshead Primary, Infant and Junior Schools using this policy and co-ordinate admissions to
Gateshead schools using the coordinated admission scheme. This policy is also used for allocating places at Kibblesworth
Academy and Riverside Primary Academy.The policy is as follows:
• Children 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 the following year). Children are entitled to a full-time place as soon as
they start school, however in most schools, the first term will include an induction period, (a period for children to get
used to school life gradually, generally from September to October). Although, you may request that your child attends
school part-time until later in the school year, but not beyond the point that your child reaches compulsory school age.
In addition, parents may request that their child is admitted to school later in the school year following September 2020,
but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age, and not beyond the beginning of the final term
of the school year.
• We will accept pupils up to the schools agreed Planned Admission Number for the year group unless we feel there are
lawful grounds not to do so.

Important Dates

The closing date for the return of applications is 15 January 2020.

From Monday 9 September 2019 you can apply for a place in a reception or Junior class for admission in September 2020 by applying on-line at you must submit your application by no later than 15 January 2020.  

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 .  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.

Offer Date

The offer day is 16 April 2020 a letter or email will be sent to parents.

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  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.



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