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Primary school admissions

Primary and Junior School Offers - 16 April 2021

If you live in Gateshead and applied online for your child's primary/junior school place, you will receive an email on 16 April 2021 confirming what school your child has been offered.

All applicants that live in Gateshead will also receive a letter confirming their offer.  Letters will be posted first class on Thursday 15 April 2021.  We cannot guarantee what day you will receive your letter as that will depend on the postal service in your area.

How to accept the place offered

If you applied on a paper application form, you must complete and return the form attached to your letter by 30 April 2021 to confirm if you wish to accept this place.

If you applied online, you must log onto the parent portal to accept the place offered. You can do this by clicking on the link contained in the email that you will receive on 16 April 2021, or the link above.

If you are refused

If your child is refused a place at one or more of the schools requested, your child will automatically be placed on the waiting list for these schools.  The letter you receive will also explain what the next steps are and how you can appeal against the decision. 

Additional information

The School Admissions Team are unable to confirm offers verbally over the telephone, please do not contact them for this reason, you must wait for your letter/email.

Primary admissions

Make sure you look at the Icon for pdf Admission to primary school booklet [548.44KB] before you apply. You may want to arrange a visit to the schools you are interested in applying to before submitting your application.


  • we recommend you apply to three schools. Applying for only one school does not improve your chance of being offered a place at the school
  • your child's attendance at a nursery does not guarantee or improve your chances of being offered  a place at your chosen school
  • check all the details you enter on your form are correct, including the details of any older siblings your child may have, already attending the school you apply to.
  • you must complete the 'Faith details' section of the form if you apply to a Catholic school
  • we cannot guarantee your child a place at any school you apply to, even if you live in the catchment area or have a sibling already at the school, as this will depend upon the number of applications the school receives
  • if your child is summer born (born between 1 April 2018 and 31 August 2018) and you want to request that their admission to school is deferred, please contact the school admissions team on the numbers below for further information on how to apply.
  • If any of your preferences is for a school outside Gateshead, please ensure you read their admission policy and arrangements before you apply
  • you must submit your application by 15 January 2021

Admission age ranges for September 2021 

If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017Your child is due to start reception class in September 2021. You can apply online for a school place from 11 September 2020 until 15 January 2021.
If your child was born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014If your child attends an infant school, they are due to start junior school in September 2021. You can apply online for a junior school place from 11 September 2020 until 15 January 2021.

Reception and junior admissions timeline

11 September 2020Online system opens for parents to apply 
15 January 2021Closing date for submitting applications
16 April 2021Offer letters and emails sent to parents
30 April 2021Parents must accept places by this date
21 May 2021Any places that become available will be offered from the schools waiting list
June/July 2021Appeals heard

For more information, view our questions about the primary school admissions process.

Ofsted inspections

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

Contact us

The School Admissions Team
Dryden Centre
Evistones Road
Low Fell

0191 433 2756 / 0191 433 2757

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