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Secondary 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 (PDF) [612KB] (opens new window)

Secondary school applications

If you live in Gateshead and your child is currently in year 6 and you have not yet applied for them to start a secondary in September 2024 (going into year 7), you need to submit a late application.

Only submit this form if your child's date of birth is between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013.

Submit a late application

Secondary school national offer day, 1 March 2024

If you live in Gateshead and applied online for your child's secondary school place, you will receive an email on Friday 1 March 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 Thursday, 29 February 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.

Secondary admissions timeline

8 September 2023Online system opens for parents to apply 
31 October 2023Closing date for submitting applications
1 March 2024Offer letters and emails sent to parents
2 April 2024Any places that become available will be offered from the schools waiting list
June 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
The School Admissions Team
Floor 2
Civic Centre
Gateshead
NE8 1HH

0191 433 2756 / 3909 / 8589 / 2109 / 8591

schooladmissions@gateshead.gov.uk