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Primary school admissions September 2024

Please read the admissions information booklet before you apply to help you understand the admissions process and make an informed choice. 

View the information on our website

View the booklet as a PDF (PDF) [770KB] (opens new window)

Applications

The primary school application system closed on 15 January 2024.

If you need to apply for a primary school place for September 2024 and your child's date of birth is between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020, please submit a late application form.

Submit a late application

Primary school national offer day, 16 April 2024

If you live in Gateshead and applied online for your child's primary school place, you will receive an email on Tuesday 16 April 2024 to confirm the school your child has been offered.

All applicants who live in Gateshead will also receive a letter confirming their offer. We will post the letters first class on Monday, 15 April 2024.

We cannot guarantee the day you will receive your letter as this depends on your areas postal service.

Acceptance of a place

We automatically assume that you want to accept the school place offered.  The school you have been offered a place at will write to you in the coming weeks about your child's transition arrangements for September 2024.

Please only contact us if you want to refuse the school place your child has been offered. 

We strongly advise you to keep hold of this place, even if it is not your ideal option. 

This will not affect your chances of being offered a place at a higher-ranked school if a place becomes available from the waiting list, nor will it affect any appeal you may choose to submit.

What next if you have been refused a place at your chosen school(s)

If your child is refused a place at one or more of the schools you requested, they will be automatically placed on the waiting list for these schools. 

We will contact you if a place becomes available for your child from the waiting list. 

The letter you receive will also explain the next steps and how you can appeal against the decision to refuse your child a place. 

Please await your letter for further information.

Additional information

We cannot confirm offers over the phone, do not contact us for this reason, wait for your letter / email.

Reception and junior admissions timeline

8 September 2023Online system opens for parents to apply 
15 January 2024Closing date for submitting applications
16 April 2024Offer letters and emails sent to parents
3 May 2024Any places that become available will be offered from the schools waiting list
June/July 2024Appeals heard

For common issues and questions about admissions see the information section of our admissions guide.

Ofsted inspections

Ofsted are changing the way they inspect and report on schools. Find out about the Education Inspection Framework (opens new window) and how the changes might effect you as a parent/guardian.

Contact us

Education Support Service
School Admissions Team
Floor 2
Civic Centre
Gateshead
NE8 1HH

0191 433 3909 / 0191 433 2757

schooladmissions@gateshead.gov.uk