Secondary school places Newcastle 2022: when can I find out where my child has an offer – and how to appeal

Newcastle parents will find out in March which schools their children will be attending for the 2022/23 school year

Schools in the Newcastle City Council area are expected to make their decisions on their 2022 applications on March 1, 2022.

When do Newcastle parents know if their children have received an offer?

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Parents and pupils in Newcastle can expect to receive a decision on whether they have been accepted into a secondary school from midnight on March 1, 2022.

However, applications submitted after the October 2021 deadline are less likely to be offered a place at one of their preferred schools.

The deadline to accept your offer is March 15, 2022.

The first cycle of the waitlist will begin on March 17, 2022, and the second cycle for late applications will be April 11, 2022.

To accept your child’s place, log into your Citizen Portal on the Newcastle City Council website.

There you should find an acceptance form along with an admission letter.

Complete the acceptance form and return it to the appropriate address.

How do Newcastle schools decide which children receive offers?

Each school has different admission criteria when deciding which children get places, and these are usually set by the local council or school.

  • Children who live near the school
  • Children with siblings already enrolled in school
  • Children of aligned religion (for denominational schools)
  • Children who pass the entrance exams (this is for selective schools such as high schools)
  • Children who have attended the school’s feeder school (a connected primary school)
  • Children eligible for the pupil bonus or the pupil service bonus
  • Children whose parents have worked at the school for at least two years.

If you are appealing more than one decision, you must appeal each rejection separately.

The admissions authority must legally give you at least 20 days from the date of the decision letter to appeal their decision.

The admissions authority will also set a deadline for submitting any evidence you may have to support your appeal. If you exceed this deadline, the proof may not be taken into account.

You must receive at least 10 school days notice of an appeal hearing and the hearing must take place within 40 days of the deadline to appeal.

Hearings are usually held before a panel of three or more people.

The panel will be independent and follow the school admissions call code.

The hearings begin with the explanation of the refusal of the admission authority, to which you can give your reasons for the admission of your child.

The panel will then determine whether the school’s admission criteria were followed according to the code.

After your hearing, you will receive a decision within five school days.

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