School admission arrangements

Admission policies for individual schools and academies

The admission authority for all types of school in Newcastle, except for 2 community schools, is the Governing Body. The oversubscription criteria (rules they use to decide how to allocate places) and number of places available (published admission number) must be agreed by 28 February every year, even if they haven't changed.

If a Governing Body wants to change their school's admission arrangements, they must carry out a public consultation in the Autumn term before they agree the policy.

You can read the admission policies for primary and secondary schools on our school pages.

Community schools

Newcastle City Council is the admission authority for community schools and directly responsible for deciding their admission arrangements each year. There are currently only 2 community schools in the city:

Byker Community Primary School

Walbottle Campus

Objecting to admission arrangements

You can object to the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) if you are unhappy about the policy that an admission authority has agreed. Objections must be made by 15 May for admission policies agreed by 28 February.

Co-ordinated scheme for Newcastle upon Tyne

All councils must publish an annual scheme describing how they will co-ordinate the reception and transfer admission arrangements for all maintained schools and academies within their area. The scheme is agreed by 28 February each year.

Annual admissions report

The council is required to publish an annual report describing how well admission arrangements in Newcastle worked in the previous year. A copy is also sent to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator.



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