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Secondary school admissions

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Secondary School Offers on 2 March 2020

If you live in Gateshead and applied online for your child's secondary school place, you will receive an email on 2 March 2020 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 second class on Friday 28 February 2020.  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 13 March 2020 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 2 March 2020.

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.


Admission age range September 2020

If your child was born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009. Your child is due to start year 7 at secondary school in September 2020. 

You can apply online for a secondary school place from 9 September 2019 to 31 October 2019.

Secondary admissions timeline

9 September 2019Online system opens for parents to apply 
31 October 2019Closing date for submitting applications
2 March 2020Offer letters and emails sent to parents
13 March 2020Parents must accept places by this date
23 March 2020Any places that become available will be offered from the schools waiting list
May/June 2020Appeals 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

The School Admissions Team
Dryden Centre
Evistones Road
Low Fell

0191 433 2757 / 0191 433 2756

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