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


12 September 2023
Online Admissions Portal for middle, high and secondary schools will be open on the 12th of September 2023. 

(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
31 October 2023
Closing date for all applications to be received by the Local Authority
1 March 2024

National Offer Day - Parents notified online of the outcome of their applications for school places
15 March 2024
Deadline for parents to refuse the school place.
22 March 2024
Any places that become available are allocated in criteria order (on time applicants)
17 April 2024
All remaining places allocated on a first come first serve basis 
31 December 2024
No waiting lists held by the Local Authority after this date.

Frequently Asked Questions

All schools and academies in Northumberland must formally agree their admission arrangements for the 2024/25 academic year. Copies of which can be found here under related documents.
If you return your application after 31 October 2023 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 2023 must give a reason why their application was late.

If the application is submitted before 22 November 2023, 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 2024.  You will not be notified of the outcome of your late application until after 17 April 2024.

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

Friday 1 March 2024 is the national offer day for September 2024 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 2024

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 2024. 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.