Yr 5 (Middle), Yr 7 (Secondary), Yr 9 (High) entry applications

Yr 5 (Middle), Yr 7 (Secondary), Yr 9 (High) entry applications

School admissions information for parents of children going into Yr 5 (Middle), Yr 7 (Secondary), Yr 9 (High).

Timetable for middle, high and secondary schools


Sunday 12 September 2021 Online Admissions Portal for middle, high and secondary schools is now closed. Please see below for late applications.

(You need to register as a new user if you haven't used the Portal before.  If you've forgotten your password, click on forgotten password link) (for late applications see below)
leaflet on how to apply  and portal user guidance to help you with your application
Sunday 31 October 2021 Closing date for all applications to be received by the Local Authority
Tuesday 1 March 2022
National Offer Day - Parents notified online of the outcome of their applications for school places
Tuesday 15 March 2022 Deadline for parents to refuse the school place.
Tuesday 22 March 2022 Any places that become available are allocated in criteria order (on time applicants)
Sunday 17 April 2022 All remaining places allocated on a first come first serve basis 
Saturday 31 December 2022 No waiting lists held by the Local Authority after this date.

Frequently Asked Questions

PLEASE NOTE: 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.

Click here to read the admissions handbook for middle, high and secondary 2022 - 2023

All schools and academies in Northumberland must formally agree their admission arrangements for the 2022/23 academic year. Copies of which can be found here under related documents.
If you return your application after 31 October 2021 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 31 October 2021 must give a reason why their application was late.

If the application is submitted before 22 November 2021, 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 1 March 2022.  You will not be notified of the outcome of your late application until after 20 April 2022.

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

Tuesday 1 March 2022 is the national offer day for September 2022 middle, high and secondary 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. 


If you have applied online, you can log on to the Portal on 1 March and find out the school your child has been offered, you will also receive an email confirming the offer.

Link to Portal 1 March 2022

If you are refused a place at your preferred school(s) you will receive a refusal letter. This will be sent to you on 1 March 2022. This will contain important information about why you were refused and what the next steps are. The letter will also inform you of the appeal process, and 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.