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Secondary school admissions

Secondary school admissions 2023

You can apply online for your child's secondary school place between Friday 9 September and Monday 31 October 2022.

Apply online

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

View the booklet (PDF) [561KB] (opens new window)

Make sure you look at the Admission to Secondary School booklet (PDF) [561KB]  before you apply.  It contains essential information that will help you decide which school's to apply to, including:

  • admission policies
  • the criteria used if a school is oversubscribed
  • information on how places are offered
  • the number of applications received for previous years
  • the number of places offered for previous years
  • details of the last distance offered


  • 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
  • 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 they 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 any of your preferences is for a school outside Gateshead, you must look at their admission policy before you apply
  • you must apply  by 31 October 2022

Admission age ranges September 2022

If your child was born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012. Your child is due to start year 7 at secondary school in September 2023.

Secondary admissions timeline

9 September 2022Online system opens for parents to apply 
31 October 2022Closing date for submitting applications
1 March 2023Offer letters and emails sent to parents
3 April 2023Any places that become available will be offered from the schools waiting list
June 2023Appeals heard

For more information, view our questions about the secondary 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

Education Support Service
The School Admissions Team
Floor 2
Civic Centre

0191 433 2757 / 0191 433 2756