School admissions, places & appeals

If after reading this page you require assistance with an application, please contact the school admissions team. See below for details.

Here you will find all the information you need with regard to your child getting a place at their next school.

Primary and first school places

Parents whose children are starting first or primary school in September 2018, who have applied on time, will be advised of their child’s school place on the 16 April 2018.

Please note, if you applied using a paper form you will be notified by post.

If you applied online, you will be informed by email and you can accept your place online.  The online portal for first and primary will re-open on the 16 April 2018 to allow parents who applied online to view their allocated school (by entering the email address and password created for your application).

You can access the portal by selecting the link below:

School Admissions Portal (First and Primary)

You should be aware that if you do not select to receive a reply when completing the online form, you will not receive an email on "offers day".

Accepting the offer of a school place.

Middle, high and secondary school places 

Parents whose children are starting middle, high or secondary school in September 2018, who have applied on time, will be advised of their child's school place on 1 March 2018.

Please note, if you applied using a paper form you will be notified by post.

If you applied online, you will be informed by email and you can accept your place online.  The online portal for middle, high and secondary will re-open on the 1 March 2018 to allow parents who applied online to view their allocated school (by entering the email address and password created for your application).
 
You should be aware that if you do not select to receive a reply when completing the online form, you will not receive an email on "offers day".

 

 


 

 Due to an increase in house-building and a general increase in population in some areas, a number of community schools within Northumberland are experiencing pressure on school places.  Therefore, the Council is proposing to increase the number of places at these schools initially on a temporary basis from September 2018.  The relevant schools and the details of the increase in places are:

School Current Published Admission Number for 2018/19 Proposed Admission Number for 2018/19
Horton Grange Primary School 60 90
New Delaval County Primary School 30 45
New Hartley First School 26 30
Newsham Primary School 60 90
Whytrig Middle School 54 90

 
Furthermore, due to a pressure on places within the middle schools in the Morpeth Partnership, the Governing Body of the Three Rivers Multi-Academy Trust will be increasing places at Chantry Middle School from September 2018; details of this will be published on the Trust’s website. 

In all of the schools where these temporary increases will take place, accommodation can be found from within the schools or through use of temporary accommodation which the Council will fund to enable the additional places to be created.
 
 The 2018-19 primary admissions handbook can be accesssed by selecting the link below:

admissions handbook first and primary 2018-2019 

Advice on the admission of summer born babies  (Department for Education)
 

The 2018-19 secondary admissions handbook can be accesssed by following the link below:

admissions handbook - middle, high and secondary 2018-2019

We value your opinion and we would like you to tell us what you think about the admissions handbooks. To help us to improve this service, could you please complete the school admissions quality survey form and email it to:

schooladmissions@northumberland.gov.uk or print and return the form either with your application form or separately to:

School Admissions Team
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF
 
Community and voluntary controlled schools in Northumberland follow the admissions policy for Northumberland County Council.

This can be found in the relevant admissions handbooks, which can be found below. If the school you are applying for is voluntary-aided, foundation, trust school or academy, they have their own admissions policy. This is detailed in section five of the handbook.

You must read the admissions handbook and check the relevant admissions policy for each school you are applying for, prior to completing your application.

If you feel there are special circumstances regarding your child’s application, or have evidence of exceptional medical or social needs, evidence must be supported in a written statement by a third party, such as a doctor or social worker.  Please note the deadlines by which this information must be supplied.

Supporting evidence should set out why the school being applied for is the only school that can meet the child's needs. You will not be allocated a place due to special circumstances unless you send a written statement from a professional third party at the time of application.  It is the parent’s responsibility to submit any third party evidence as we cannot access this information on your behalf.

Admission Arrangements and the Co-ordination Scheme for 2019/20 can be viewed by selecting the button below.
 

All schools and academies in Northumberland must formally agree their admission arrangements for the 2019/20 academic year.  Northumberland County Council's admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools and the co-ordinated admision scheme that applies to all schools and academies in Northumberland can be viewed here:

Related documents

For details of admission arrangements for a faith school or academy you should contact the school directly or you can contact us.


How to make an objection

Any person or body has a right to object to admission arrangements. 
You can only object if a school's number of places available has been reduced. 
However, governing bodies of community or voluntary controlled schools can also make an objection if the number of places for their school has not changed, or has increased.
Objections should be sent to:

Office of the Schools Adjudicator
Mowden Hall
Staindrop Road
Darlington
DL3 9BG
You must provide your name and address and submit your objection by no later than 15 May 2017 for it to be considered.
 

School admissions applications

Online Admissions Portal (for first and primary school places) 

The Online Portal for Admissions to reception in first and primary school places is now closed.
 
Online Admissions Portal (for middle, high and secondary school places) 

The Online Portal for Admissions to middle, high and secondary schools is now closed.

Applications received after the relevant closing date will be treated as late applications (further details can be found in the admissions handbook). 

Parents can request a paper form from the admissions team on 0345 600 6400 or print off a copy of the form under the useful documents tab below,

Please note: parents applying for a campus in The Northumberland Church of England Academy, should select 'The Northumberland Church of England Academy' from the list. The academy will then allocate the individual campus and inform parents on offers day.

 Due to an increase in house-building and a general increase in population in some areas, a number of community schools within Northumberland are experiencing pressure on school places.  Therefore, the Council is proposing to increase the number of places at these schools initially on a temporary basis from September 2018.  The relevant schools and the details of the increase in places are:

School Current Published Admission Number for 2018/19 Proposed Admission Number for 2018/19
Horton Grange Primary School 60 90
New Delaval County Primary School 30 45
New Hartley First School 26 30
Newsham Primary School 60 90
Whytrig Middle School 54 90

 
Furthermore, due to a pressure on places within the middle schools in the Morpeth Partnership, the Governing Body of the Three Rivers Multi-Academy Trust will be increasing places at Chantry Middle School from September 2018; details of this will be published on the Trust’s website. 

In all of the schools where these temporary increases will take place, accommodation can be found from within the schools or through use of temporary accommodation which the Council will fund to enable the additional places to be created.
 
 The 2018-19 primary admissions handbook can be accesssed by selecting the link below:

admissions handbook first and primary 2018-2019 

Advice on the admission of summer born babies  (Department for Education)
 

The 2018-19 secondary admissions handbook can be accesssed by following the link below:

admissions handbook - middle, high and secondary 2018-2019

We value your opinion and we would like you to tell us what you think about the admissions handbooks. To help us to improve this service, could you please complete the school admissions quality survey form and email it to:

schooladmissions@northumberland.gov.uk or print and return the form either with your application form or separately to:

School Admissions Team
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF
 
Northumberland County Council has an online system to identify catchment schools. To use the digital map system, you enter your postcode and select the appropriate school options.

Please click here to access the digital maps

If there are any problems when using this system, please contact us on 0345 600 6400.

Swarland Primary School Catchment Area 

The Swarland Primary School catchment area has now been extended to cover the Longframlington area in Years 5 and 6, which had previously been allocated to the Dr Thomlinson's CE Midde School only.  This area now has a dual catchment, both for Swarland Primary School and The Duchess High School pathway, and for the Dr Thomlinson's CE Middle School and King Edward VI High School pathway.  You can access the online digital maps system by using this link.
Waiting Lists for Transfer Groups and In Year Admissions

Waiting Lists are held for Transfer Year groups until the end of the Academic Year.  Waiting Lists can change frequently, therefore the Admissions Team are unable to disclose where your child is placed on the waiting list.  You will be informed if a place becomes available to offer your child. 
 
We hold a waiting list for in year admissions until the end of the academic year for Northumberland County Council schools.  (Please note waiting lists may be held differently for Academies and Trust Schools.)  In order to be placed on the waiting list you must return the waiting list form within 10 working days.  You will receive this with your refusal letter.
 
Online and paper applications.

Parents who applied online, will be able to accept their offer online.  

Parents who applied using a paper application.  The offer letters have an acceptance slip that all parents who applied on paper forms need to complete advising whether or not they wish to accept the place offered.

The slip should be returned to the school shown on the letter. Please allow time for the letter to be delivered before contacting the admissions team.

Please note, the admissions team are unable to give information over the telephone regarding school places. 

Parents have until 15 March 2018 to accept their places for middle, high and secondary school places, and until 2 May 2018 for primary and first school places. Failure to formally accept the place could mean it will be withdrawn.

How to appeal against a refusal of a school placement for your child.

School Admission Appeals Timeline
The responsibility for appeal arrangements rests with Northumberland County Council. If you would like to appeal, you can access the school appeal form here or contact the admissions team for a paper form. Please note, an appeal form should only be completed if your child has been refused a place at a school. Please read the school appeals guidance before completing the form.

 
The responsibility for admission appeals arrangements rests with the individual school and parents or carers must contact them directly for details.

 
The responsibility for appeal arrangements rests with the relevant academy trust, however, sometimes the academy has a service level agreement with the local authority to undertake this task on its behalf.  If you would like to appeal you can access the school appeal form here or contact the admissions team for a paper form.  Please note, an appeal form should only be completed if your child has been refused a place at school.  Please read the school appeals guidance before completing the form.

 
Parents of children who attend maintained nurseries and pre-schools who are due to start school in September 2018.

You must complete an application for a place in a Reception class even if your child attends the school nursery or pre-school setting.  You can complete the form using your child’s date of birth.

When choosing your child’s school, you will be given the option of searching all schools, but if you are choosing a school in Northumberland, we recommend you select ‘Northumberland’ from the list to enable a faster search.

Please remember to submit your application when you have completed the form and you will receive an email acknowledging receipt. If you wish to change your application, you have up to the closing date to do this. Your acknowledgement receipt is proof of your application and you should keep this in a safe place.

You should be aware that if you do not select to receive a reply when completing the form, you will not receive an email on "offers day".

Please note: parents applying for a campus in the Northumberland Church of England Academy, should select ‘Northumberland Church of England Academy’ from the list. The academy will then allocate the individual campus and inform parents on offers day.
 

In year admissions are those that take place other than at the normal time of entry to the school in September.

The admissions team co-ordinates the transfer process on behalf of schools in Northumberland, including academies, voluntary aided and trust schools.
 
To transfer schools you must complete an 'In Year' application form.  If you are unable to complete this form a paper copy is available by contacting the school admissions team:
 
School Admissions
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel:  0345 600 6400
 
Or by email:   schooladmissions@northumberland.gov.uk
 
Northumberland County Council has an online system to identify catchment schools. To use the digital map system, you enter your postcode and select the appropriate school options.

Please click here to access the digital maps. If there are any problems when using this system, please contact us on 0345 600 6400.