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 the admission arrangements for all maintained schools and academies (except special schools and nursery schools) within their area.
It is a statutory requirement that the Scheme is consulted up and the consultation for the 2019/20 scheme is now open. Comments should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 31 January 2018.
Admission arrangements for individual schools
All admission authorities are required by law to agree and publish an admission policy by 28 February 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 finalised, 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 responsible for determining the admission policy for these schools: Byker Primary School, Moorside Community Primary School and Walbottle Campus. To view the admission policies for Newcastle community schools, click on the links below.
Admission policy for Walbottle Campus 2019/20 (pdf, 171 kb)
The admission authority for a Foundation Trust school, faith school or academy is the Governing Body (or Academy Trust) of that school. The admission policies for own admission authority schools are published on the individual schools' websites. You can find links to these schools in the schools section of our website.
Once a policy has been determined by the relevant admission authority it is still possible to raise an objection to the policy by writing to the Schools Adjudicator (OSA). See the Schools Adjudicator website for more information on how to do this. Objections against the admissions arrangements for 2019/20 must be submitted by 15 May 2018.