Reception entry applications

Reception entry applications

Information about your child starting reception

Timetable for first and primary schools 

Friday 1 November 2019

Online Applications Portal Open
(All parents need to register on the portal as a new user) (for late applications see below).  You must complete an application for a place in a Reception class even if your child attends the school nursery or pre-school setting. 

Please be aware there are two school in Ponteland with similar names and addresses.  Ponteland Primary (Pele Trust) and Ponteland Community Primary (previously Ponteland Middle School).  Make sure you are careful about which school you select.

leaflet on how to apply  and portal user guidance to help you with your application

Wednesday 15 January 2020 

Closing date for all applications to be received by the Local Authority

Thursday 16 April 2020 

National Offer Day.  E-mails sent to those parents who applied online and who requested to be informed by email.
Parents who applied on a paper form will have a letter sent out to them today

Friday 1 May 2020

Deadline for parents to refuse the school place.

Friday 8 May 2020

Any places that become available are allocated in criteria order (on time applicants)

Friday 29 May 2020

All remaining places allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Thursday 31 December 2020

No waiting lists held by the Local Authority after this date.


 Frequently asked Questions

Please be aware that if you are applying for a school that has transport implications, the Council works within the Home to School Travel and Transport Policy.  For further information, you can visit the School Transport Webpage.

If you return your application after 15 January 2020 your application will be considered as late unless exceptional circumstances exist. You should be aware that this will reduce your chance of being allocated a place at your preferred school. 

Parents returning their application after 15 January 2020 must give a reason why their application was late.

If the application is submitted before 14 February 2020, the Admission Authority will consider your reasons and - if they are exceptional - they will consider your application along with those received on time (please ensure you provide supplementary evidence).

Applications which are not deemed to be exceptional will not be processed until after 16 April 2020.  

If you are applying late, the portal will be closed and you will need to complete the form below:

Link to online Schools Application Form

 
Thursday 16 April 2020 is the national offer day for September 2020 first and primary school places.

Due to the high number of offers, school admissions will be unable to accept all phone calls.
Calls will be managed mainly by the Northumberland Council contact centre staff. 


PLEASE SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW. 

If you applied online you can log on to the Portal on the 16 April and find out the school your child has been offered, you will also receive an email confirming the offer.

If you applied on a paper form you will be informed by letter which will be posted to you on the 16 April 2020 by second class post.

If you are refused a place at your preferred school(s), you will receive a refusal letter posted to you (by second class post) on 16 April 2020. This will contain important information about why you were refused, what the next steps are and how to appeal. It should also tell you where you have been offered a place.

Please do not phone School Admissions.

We will not be able to give you any information over the phone. 


If you have any further queries you can email School Admissions at schooladmissions@northumberland.gov.uk.

Due to the high volume of emails we receive during this time, it may take up to 10 working days to respond to your email.