Applying for Transfer places

National Offer Day: 01 March 2021 - Completed

First waiting list: 17 March 2021 - Completed

Second waiting list: 12 April 2021 - Completed

The main stages of the Transfer application process have now been completed. New late applications submitted will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis.

Apply here:

First to Middle applications 

Starting: Year 5 in September 2021

Date of birth: 01 September 2011 - 31 August 2012

  • Put the schools in the order you want them. Preference 1 is the school you want most
  • Newcastle has 4 middle schools, we advise that you apply for all 4 of them
  • You can't apply for primary schools in this process

Now that the Transfer deadline has passed you are unable to apply online and can only make a paper application.

Primary to Secondary applications

Starting: Year 7 in September 2021

Date of birth: 01 September 2009 - 31 August 2010

  • Use all 4 preferences
  • Put the schools in the order you want them. Preference 1 is the school you want most
  • You can't apply for middle schools in this process

Now that the Transfer deadline has passed you are unable to apply online and can only make a paper application.

Middle to High applications

Starting: Year 9 in September 2021

Date of birth: 01 September 2007 - 31 August 2008

  • Put the schools in the order you want them. Preference 1 is the school you want most
  • Newcastle only has one high school
  • You can't apply for secondary schools in this process

Now that the Transfer deadline has passed you are unable to apply online and can only make a paper application.

Read:

  1. Important information about Transfer 2021
  2. Legal information - School Admissions

Making the right choice

Find and compare schools

Use this search tool to find schools. This search tool allows you to :

  • search for schools by postcode
  • check school Ofsted ratings
  • filter schools by religion

Find and compare schools

Visit the school

Visiting a school helps you decide whether it's right for your child. You'll be able to speak to teacher and ask questions.

Schools may have open days or you contact them to arrange a time to view the school.

Are you likely to be offered a place?

Each school has their own set of rules that they use to decide which children to offer a place to. This is called the oversubscription criteria and can be found in the school's admissions policy.

You can see how places were offered in previous years in the below link: 

All applications are ranked using these rules. School preference order is only used if we can offer a place in more than one school, at which point we will offer the school which is your highest preference.

Oversubscription criteria example
  • Read the oversubscription criteria for each school.
  • Check which category your child comes under (see individual school's website)

Example

Ahmed applied to North East Secondary as their first preference. Ahmed's child is not offered a place there, even though they live close to the school.

There were more applications than places so the school used their oversubscription criteria to decide who to give places to. One hundred places were available:

  • one place went to a child who had been adopted (category 1)
  • sixty places went to children who attended a feeder school (category 2)
  • twenty places went to children with a brother or sister at the school (category 3) 
  • one place went to a child with an exceptional medical need meaning they could only go to that school (category 4)
  • the remaining eighteen places went to children who lived closer to the school than Ahmed and his child (category 5)

Instead, Ahmed was offer a place at their second preference of North Academy which also had one hundred places available:

  • seventy places went to children who attended a feeder school (category 2)
  • ten places went to children who had a brother or sister at the school (category 3)
  • twenty places when to children who lived near the school, including Ahmed's child (category 4)

National Offer Day Advice 

National Offer Day advice
  • Log onto the Citizens Portal to find out your School Offer. You don't need to wait for your offer email to find which school you have been offered.

https://www.newcastlelea.org/CitizenPortal_LIVE/en

  • If you haven't been offered your first preference school you will have automatically been added to your higher preference school/s waiting list.
  • Don't refuse the school you have been offered. You have time to think about the school offer and to get advice from the school admissions team. School places are very limited, if you refuse your school place you may not be offered anything closer.
  • If you have been offered a school place in your second preference or below and are happy with your school offer, you must contact the school admissions team in writing/email if you no longer want to be considered for your higher preference schools. If you don't and you are offered a higher preference school during the waiting list process, we will automatically remove your current school offer and offer the higher preference; even if you have accepted the school place.
Waiting list process

If you have been added to the waiting list for a school there are several opportunities to be offered a place in the school through the waiting list process.

  • If you have applied for a non-Newcastle school and have not been offered a school place, check with the local authority that school is based in about how their waiting list process works.

Newcastle schools

  • The first waiting list process, for on-time applications, will happen on 17 March 2021
  • If places have become available in a school, we will offer these places to the students at the top of the schools waiting list. We will automatically remove your current school offer, even if you have accepted it, and offer your higher preference. If you do not want this to happen you must tell us in writing/email that you no longer want to be on the waiting list for your higher preferences.
  • The second waiting list, which will include late applications, will happen on 12 April 2021
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