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Secondary school admissions

Secondary school admissions 2022

You can apply online for your child's secondary school place between Friday 10 September and Sunday 31 October 2021.

Apply online

Make sure you look at the Icon for pdf Admission to secondary school booklet [556.18KB] before you apply.  You may want to arrange a visit to the school 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
  • 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 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 31 October 2021

Secondary School open evenings

If you wish to attend an open evening for one of the below schools you are advised to confirm the date and time on the school's website.

  • Cardinal Hume Catholic School - Wednesday 29 September 2021
  • Grace College
  • Heworth Grange School
  • Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy
  • St Thomas More Catholic School
  • Thorp Academy
  • Whickham School School and Sports College
  • XP Gateshead (find out more XP Gateshead how to apply for a place)

Kingsmeadow Community Comprehensive School open evening will take place on Tuesday 21 September 2021 at 5.30pm. However you are advised to check with the school before your visit to ensure the date and time has not changed.

Admission age ranges September 2022

If your child was born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011. Your child is due to start year 7 at secondary school in September 2022. 

You can apply online for a secondary school place from 10 September 2021 to 31 October 2021.

Secondary admissions timeline

10 September 2021Online system opens for parents to apply 
31 October 2021Closing date for submitting applications
1 March 2022Offer letters and emails sent to parents
14 March 2022Parents must accept places by this date
1 April 2022Any places that become available will be offered from the schools waiting list
May/June 2022Appeals 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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