All local authorities are required by the School Admissions (Co-ordination of Admissions Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012 to have a scheme in place each year for coordinating admission arrangements for all maintained schools and academies (except special schools and nursery schools) within their area.
Admission arrangements for individual schools
All admission authorities are required by law to agree and publish an admission policy by 1 May each year to explain how school places will be allocated in the following academic year. The policy should set out the rules that the admission authority will follow when more parents apply for school places than there are places available. Once the policy is agreed, the admission authority must follow the rules they have set or they will be breaking the law.
Newcastle City Council is the admission authority for community schools in the city and is therefore responsible for determining the admission policy for the following schools: Byker Primary School, Knoplaw Primary School, Moorside Community Primary School, Westgate Hill Primary School and Walbottle Campus. The admission authority for a Foundation Trust school, faith school or academy is the governing body of that school.
To view the admission policies for Newcastle community and voluntary controlled schools, click on the links below. Please note there are no changes to previous years' arrangements.
- Admission policy for community and voluntary controlled primary schools 2016 (pdf, 67kb)
- Admission policy for Walbottle Campus 2016 (pdf, 75kb)
The admission policies for own admission authority schools (including Academies, Foundation Trusts and Faith schools) are published on the individual schools' websites. You can find the list of schools in the schools section of our website.
Any person who considers that any maintained school or academy's arrangements are unlawful, or not in compliance with the School Admissions Code or relevant law relating to admissions, can make an objection to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator. The following types of objections can not be brought:
- objections about own authority admission's decision to increase or keep the same PAN,
- objections about a decision by the admission authority of a community school to increase or keep the same PAN, unless the objection is brought by the school's governing body,
- objections in respect of an agreed variation from the Code in relation to admission arrangements for an academy,
- objections to arrangements which raise the same or substantially the same matters as the adjudicator has decided on for that school in the last 2 years,
- anonymous objections.
Objections to admission arrangements for entry in September 2016 must be referred to the Schools Adjudicator by 30 June 2015.