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

Thursday 12 September 2019 Online Admissions Portal  for midde, high and secondary schools is Open to view.
(All parents need to register on the portal as a new user)
(for late applications see below)
leaflet on how to apply  and portal user guidance to help you with your application
Thursday 31 October 2019  Closing date for all applications to be received by the Local Authority
Monday 2 March 2020 
National Offer Day.  E-mails will be 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
Monday 16 March 2020 Deadline for parents to refuse the school place.
Monday 23 March 2020 Any places that become available are allocated in criteria order (on time applicants)
Friday 17 April 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 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.

If you return your application after 31 October 2019 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 2019 must give a reason why their application was late.

If the application is submitted before 22 November 2019, 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 2 March 2020.  You will not be notified of the outcome of your late application until after 20 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

Monday 2 March 2020 is the national offer day for September 2020 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 2 March 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 2 March 2020 by second class post.

If you are refused a place at your preferred school(s) you will receive a refusal letter. This will be posted to you (by second class post) on 2 March 2020. 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.