Gateshead Council  Primary Schools Admission Policy 2020/21

Fellside Community Primary School has an admission limit of 30 pupils in Reception.

 We allocate places at Community Primary, Infant and Junior Schools using the policy below and co-ordinate admissions to Gateshead schools using the co-ordinated admission scheme.

The policy is as follows:

Your child will start school at the beginning of the academic year in which they will reach the age of five. (An academic year lasts from 1 September in one year to 31 August the following year). Children are entitled to a full time place as soon as they start school, however in most schools, the first term will include an induction period, (a period for your child to get used to school life gradually, generally lasting from September to October). Although, you may request that your child attends school part-time until later in the school year, but not beyond the point that your child reaches compulsory school age.

In addition you may request that your child be admitted to school later in the school year following September 2020, but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age and not beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year (i.e. April 2021).

We will accept pupils up to the schools agreed Planned Admission Number for the year group unless we feel there are lawful grounds not to do so.

Admission of children outside their normal age group

Parents may request a place for their child outside their normal age group, for example gifted and talented children, children that have suffered ill health or parents of summer born children (children born from 1 April 2016 to 31 August 2016).

All cases of admission of children outside their normal age group must be discussed with the LA prior to the application being made.

Such requests must be made on the Common Application Form which is available from 9 September 2019. You must detail the circumstances of your case and include any supporting information from relevant professionals. The LA will consider each case individually and you will be notified of the outcome of your request before 16 April 2020. (Please refer to the ‘Admission to Primary School
booklet for further information regarding deferred entry and admission of children outside their normal age group)

Over-subscription Criteria

We will consider applications from parents who have named the school as any ranked preference on their application form; this is called the equal preference system. If there are more applications than number of places available at the school we will than allocate places by using the following

Order of priority:

Criteria 1
Children in Public Care (and as deemed under Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) including a child who was previously “looked after” but immediately after being “looked after” became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order (see definition*).
Criteria 2
Children who appear to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.
Criteria 3
Children who live in the school’s catchment area and who will have a brother or sister at the school, or at the feeder junior school during the coming academic year. (see definition*).
Criteria 4
Other children who live in the school’s catchment area.
Criteria 5
Other children who will have a brother or sister at the school or at the feeder junior school during the coming academic year (see definition*).
Criteria 6
Other children who have exceptional medical or social grounds see point 1 below.
Criteria 7
All other children.

(*see definitions of our criteria in priority 1, 3 and 5 above in our parent’s information booklet and at

Point 1
We can consider exceptional individual applications, particularly in cases involving medical or social needs. If you wish to apply on medical or social grounds you must provide written evidence from relevant registered health professionals i.e. a doctor or social worker. The evidence must demonstrate why the chosen school is more appropriate and what difficulties would be caused if they were to travel to and attend alternative schools. We will not consider such applications if the relevant professional evidence is not provided. The evidence will be presented to the Primary Fair Access Panel for consideration. No assumption should be made that submission of the relevant evidence will be, in itself, sufficient to allocate a place.


For the purposes of deciding whether a child lives in the catchment area of a school we will use the parent or legal guardian’s address or the address of a relevant adult who has parental responsibility, as defined under the 1989 Children’s Act, for the child.

Tie breaker

If, within any of the above criteria, there are more applicants than places available priority will be given to those children based on the distance they live from the school, measured ‘as the crow flies’ i.e. in a straight line from the centre of the home residence to the school’s main entrance. Children living nearest to the school will have priority. We measure the distance using a geographical information system (GIS). Where two or more applicants share the exact same distance, a random allocation process will be used to determine the ranked order of the applications in question.

Waiting list

If places become available, we will consider all relevant applications based on a waiting list. The waiting list will be maintained by the council from the start of the academic year and be kept for the rest of the academic year. All applicants on the waiting list are placed according to the admission criteria and priorities set out above. However, children who are the subject of a direction to admit by the LA or who have been referred for admission and have been allocated a place through the Fair Access Protocol will take precedence over any child on the waiting list.

Application Dates

From 9 September 2019 Gateshead residents can apply online at: On-line applications must be submitted by 15 January 2020. Alternatively, parents can request a paper application from The School Admissions Team on 0191 433 2757. Paper
applications must be returned to The School Admissions Team, Dryden Centre, Evistones Road, Gateshead, NE9 5UR
by 15 January 2020.

If you live outside Gateshead and want to apply to a Gateshead school, you must obtain an application form from your home Council and return it to them by their closing date, even if the schools you want to apply to are in Gateshead. However, you must still consider the
information in Gateshead Council’s ‘Admission to Secondary School’ booklet so that you know what the admission arrangements are to Gateshead schools. This information is available at . Your own Council will send us notification of your application and they will let you know the final allocation of a school place for your child.

Offer Date

A letter will be sent to parent’s resident in Gateshead on or around 16 April 2020 informing them of the school they have been offered for their child. Gateshead residents who apply on-line are also informed by e-mail on 16 April 2020.

General Information and definitions

For information on our admission arrangements and definitions of the terms used in this policy please refer to our “Admission to Primary School” booklet for 2020 available at Gateshead’s co-ordinated admission scheme and catchment areas referred to in this policy can also be viewed online or at The Dryden Centre.

Please use the links/downloads provided for full information.

We will be holding informal information events and school tours for parents interested in a Reception class place for heir child from September 2020 on he following dates; Tuesday 1 October at  9.30am; Monday 7 October at 1.30pm; and Thursday 7 November a 9.30am.  Please contact the school office on 0191 4887486 if you would like to attend.


Further Information

Gateshead Council school admissions pages and online application service

Gateshead Council Information Booklet for Parents on Admission to Primary School (2020)


Read our School Prospectus

Prospectus 2020 2021





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