This section is aimed at parents and carers of Newcastle children whose children will start in a reception class in September 2015.

Starting school can be an important step for your child and we realise it can be a difficult and stressful time for you both.  Newcastle City Council co-ordinates admissions to all Newcastle state schools and academies and we aim to make the system as simple as possible. For latest news about the process, please see the news feed below.

Students will be notified of their school place on national offer day on 16 April 2015. For more detail on when and how you find out, go to Offer day and beyond.

If you applied online, you can accept or reject your place from 16 April by logging into School Admissions Online.  For latest information about available places after offer day and other updates, see the news section.

Read the following guidance carefully before making an application for a reception school place. Click here to apply for a reception school place

The closing date for applications for children due to start school in a reception class in the school year starting in September 2015 was midday (12 noon) 15 January 2015. You can still apply now but your application will be treated as late and processed after all those submitted on time.

Starting school in September 2015

Other information 

Have you also considered free school meals, home to school transport and school uniforms? Take a look at the other information relating to school admissions

Help and advice

If you would like further information and advice before, during or after the offers process, this website will always contain the most up to date information. You can also contact the Admissions and Information service on 0191 278 7878 (ask for school admissions) or email 

For latest news about the process, please see the news feed below.

Some of the words or terms used may be unfamiliar to you, like “admission authority” or “state school”.  Our glossary of terms will explain what most of these terms mean.

Download a full version of the admissions guidance

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Page last updated: 16 April, 2015