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How we offer places

 

All community, voluntary aided schools and academies in Gateshead operate an ‘equal preference’ system. This means that all first, second and third preferences received for a particular school/academy will be looked at together and the oversubscription criteria for each school/academy will be applied to each application. All local authorities use an equal preference system.

You should make sure you understand the impact of each school admission policy and how it will be applied to your application before you submit your preferences. Voluntary aided schools, community schools and academies have different admission criteria that must be applied to each application to determine if your child can be offered a place.

  • Where your child is eligible for a place at only one of the schools/academies ranked on your application form, a place at that school/academy will be offered to your child.
  • Where your child is eligible for a place at more than one school ranked on your application form, your child will be offered a place at whichever school/academy was ranked the highest on your form and any lower ranked offers will be disregarded.
  • Where none of your preferences can be met, your child will be offered a place at your community catchment school/academy or nearest school/academy (measured as the crow flies), depending upon the availability of places.

In most cases children will be offered a place at one of their preferred schools but there are circumstances where this may not be possible, as this will depend on the admission criteria for the school and the number of applications received.

No Application Received

If we are aware that you live in Gateshead and do not submit an application form, a place will still be offered to your child on 1 March 2018, at your community catchment school/academy or next nearest community school/academy (measured as the crow flies), depending upon the availability of places after all applications have been considered.