All community, voluntary aided schools and academies in Gateshead operate an equal preference system when offering places.
This means that all applications received will be considered together against the school’s admission criteria with no regard to the preference ranking the school was given on the application form. Therefore, the priority your child is placed in under the school’s admission criteria is the most important factor when deciding whether a place is available at a school when applications are considered.
However, the council must look at the preference ranking a school has been given on the application form when we determine the single offer of a school place for each child. If your child is eligible for an offer at more than one school, your child will be offered a place at the highest ranked preference and any lower ranked offer will be disregarded.
Sometimes there are not enough places at one school to offer every parent that applies for a place, this is what is meant when a school is “oversubscribed”. We cannot guarantee that you will gain a place for your child at any of your preferred schools as this will depend on the admission criteria for the school and the number of applications that are received for each school.
If you live in Gateshead and we cannot offer your child a place at any of your preferred schools, then we will offer your child a place at your community catchment school or academy if it still has places available. If there are no places available at this school, we will then offer the next nearest community school or academy in Gateshead with places available, measured as the crow flies from the main entrance of the school to your home address.
The equal preference system does not mean that you stand a better chance of gaining a place at a school simply by naming it as a preference nor does it mean that all of your preferred schools will stand an equal chance of success. Voluntary aided schools, community schools and academies have different admission criteria that must be applied to each application to determine the priority for admission and decide if they can offer your child a place at the school.
No Application Received
If you live in Gateshead and you do not submit an application form, a place will still be offered to your child on 18 April 2017 at your community catchment school or academy, or if places are not available at this school after all other applications have been considered, your child will be offered a place at the next nearest community school or academy in Gateshead with places available, measured as the crow flies from the main entrance of the school to your home address.