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Before you apply


Read the information in the Admission to Primary School 2018 (956Kb) booklet before submitting an application form.

  • Do not assume that you live in a particular schools catchment area as some streets are split. You can check your catchment school by contacting the school admission team on 0191 433 2757 or 0191 433 2756. School catchment maps are also available on this website. 
  • Sometimes living near to a school or having a sibling already at the school you apply to is not enough to guarantee admission.
  • It is possible that your child will not be offered a place at any of your preferred schools especially if you apply for very popular schools and don’t have a high priority under the over subscription criteria.
  • Academies and Voluntary Aided Schools have different admission policies to community schools in Gateshead. You must read the admissions policy for each school you apply to in order to asses which school you have the best chance of being offered a place for your child.
  • Look at the statistics for previous years in Section 3 of the Primary Admissions booklet (956 Kb). This will show you which schools were over subscribed and the number of appeals that were heard. However you must be aware that these figures can change significantly from year to year.
  • Use all three preferences on your application form – doing so does not reduce your chance of gaining a place at your first preference school.
  • Do not repeat the name of a school more than once on your application, as this does not increase your chance of being offered a place.
  • If your child is eligible for an offer at more than one school, your highest ranked preference will be offered and any lower ranked offers will be disregarded.
  • Your child’s attendance at a school nursery does not guarantee your child a place in the reception class of this school. Your application form will be considered against the schools admissions criteria with no regard to the nursery your child attends.
  • Your child will not automatically be given a place at your catchment school, it is essential that you apply.
  • You must inform the School Admissions Team immediately if you change your address after the submission of your application.
  • Remember it is your responsibility to ensure your application is submitted by the closing date.

Contact us

The School Admissions Team
Dryden Centre
Evistones Road
Low Fell

Phone: 0191 433 2757 / 0191 433 2109 / 0191 433 2756