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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS2009This Handbook contains all the information you need to make asuccessful application for your child, if he or she is startingschool or transferring to the next stage of education inSeptember 2009 or during the school year.Please contact the Admissions and Transfers Team if youwould like further information or advice.Telephone 0191 2777428email admissions.education@newcastle.gov.ukIf you would like this information in large print oraudio please contactThe School Admissions and Transfers TeamTelephone 0191 2777428Email admissions.education@newcastle.gov.uk1


The information in this document relates tothe school year beginning September 2009and was correct at the date of publication in July 2008Document reference IFP 2009.PDF2


Admissions and Transfers Timetable 2008 - 2009Admission to Reception ClassesTransfer to Middle, High and Secondary SchoolsMonth Reception applications Transfer applicationsSeptember2008Preference forms are distributedthrough nurseries and earlyeducation settings, primary, firstand nursery schools at thebeginning of Autumn termPreference forms are distributedthrough primary, first and middleschools at the beginning of AutumntermIf you do not return your application by the closing date it may affect your chanceof obtaining a place in your preferred school because late applications areprocessed after those received on time.October2008Friday 24 October 2008 is theclosing date for applications forreception class placesFriday 24 October 2008 is theclosing date for applications fortransfer to middle, high or secondaryschoolsNovember2008Applications are processedDecember2009February2009Allocation process beginsAllocation process beginsAllocations finalisedMarch 2009Monday 2nd March – notification of offers delivered to parentsFriday 13th March – deadline for parents to accept offersApril 2009May 2009June 2009Appeals for reception classplacesAppeals for reception classplacesAppeals for reception classplacesAppeals for transfer placesAppeals for transfer placesAppeals for transfer placesJuly 2009Friday 17 July 2009 - last day of school year5


COMMUNITY SCHOOL TERMS ANDHOLIDAYS 2009 – 2010SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBERM T W T F S S M T W T F S S M T W T F S S1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 17 8 9 10 11 12 13 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 2 3 4 5 6 7 814 15 16 17 18 19 20 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 9 10 11 12 13 14 1521 22 23 24 25 26 27 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 16 17 18 19 20 21 2228 29 30 26 27 28 29 30 31 23 24 25 26 27 28 2930DECEMBER JANUARY FEBRUARYM T W T F S S M T W T F S S M T W T F S S1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 77 8 9 10 11 12 13 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8 9 10 11 12 13 1414 15 16 17 18 19 20 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 15 16 17 18 19 20 2121 22 23 24 25 26 27 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 22 23 24 25 26 27 2828 29 30 31 25 26 27 28 29 30 31MARCH APRIL MAYM T W T F S S M T W T F S S M T W T F S S1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 1 28 9 10 11 12 13 14 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 3 4 5 6 7 8 915 16 17 18 19 20 21 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 10 11 12 13 14 15 1622 23 24 25 26 27 28 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 17 18 19 20 21 22 2329 30 31 26 27 28 29 30 24 25 26 27 28 29 3031JUNE JULY AUGUSTM T W T F S S M T W T F S S M T W T F S S1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 17 8 9 10 11 12 13 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 2 3 4 5 6 7 814 15 16 17 18 19 20 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 9 10 11 12 13 14 1521 22 23 24 25 26 27 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 16 17 18 19 20 21 2228 29 30 26 27 28 29 30 31 23 24 25 26 27 28 2930 31Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term School Holidays Bank HolidaysSTAFF DEVELOPMENT DAYSFive days are to be identified for the purposes of staff development within the school academic year.Please contact individual schools for information about their staff development.Schools re-open on Monday, 6 September 2010.6


SECTION 1INTRODUCTIONSERVICES INCLUDING BSL/ENGLISH INTERPRETATIONTRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION SERVICESCONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBERSAND WEBSITE ADDRESSES7


We can arrange for a BSL/English language interpreter to come to anymeetings you have with your child's school or the Local Authority.We can also arrange a deaf/blind interpreter, lipspeaker, notetaker orspeech to text reporter.Please contact the Communication Support ServiceTelephone 0191 211 5094Fax: 0191 211 4888Minicom: 0191 211 5197Email: communication.support.service@newcastle.gov.ukIf you would like a translation of any of our documents andcorrespondence about applying for a school place, or an interpreter toaccompany you to meetings at school or with the Local Authorityplease contactThe School Admissions and Transfers TeamTelephone 0191 2777428Email mailto:admissions.education@newcastle.gov.uk8


IntroductionNewcastle City CouncilLocal Education Authority (LA)Responsibility for ensuring attendance at school rests with you, the child’s parent or carer.Your child's education is one of the most important aspects of their life. It affects their formative years,their future and even their relationship with you. Parents and carers have a key role to play in theirchild’s education and schools will work in close partnership with you to ensure that your child’seducational progress, general development and behaviour enables them to fulfil their full potential.This handbook tells you what you need to know and what you need to do to get a place for your child inschool. If you want any further help or advice about your child’s education, contact theChildren’s Services Directorate, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8PULocal dialling code 0191Appeals for school places 2777428Education at home by parents 2674447Education Psychologists 2774577Education Welfare Service 2774500Ethnic Minority, Traveller, Asylum Seeker andRefugee Pupil Achievement ServiceFamilies Information Service (early years andchild care)Parent Partnership – for parents of children withSpecial Educational Needs277455527741332840480extension 219School Admissions & Transfers 2777428School Meals 2115323School Transport 2115323Special Educational Needs 2774650More detailed information about these services can be found in this handbook in Section 2 and Section6 and on the Newcastle Education website which includes recent OfSTED inspection reports andprimary and secondary school performance tables and where you can apply for a place on-line atwww.newcastle.gov.uk/education/admissionsIndividual school websites can be accessed fromwww.newcastle.gov.uk/education.You can also get a more detailed brochure from any school you are interested in by contacting theschool direct. For a list of schools and their contact details, please see Section 5.10


OTHER LOCAL AUTHORITIES CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBERSGateshead 0191 4332775North Tyneside 0191 2005020Northumberland 01670 534162South Tyneside 0191 4247746ROMAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLSIN THE DIOCESE OF HEXHAM AND NEWCASTLEDiocese of Hexham and NewcastleSchools' CommissionSt. Vincent's Diocesan OfficesSt Cuthbert’s HouseWest RoadNewcastle upon TyneNE15 7PYTelephone:Fax:Email:Website:0191 243 33100191 243 3309schools@edurcdhn.org.ukwww.schools@st-vincents.comCHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOLSIN THE DIOCESE OF NEWCASTLEDiocesan Education BoardChurch HouseSt John’s TerraceNorth ShieldsTyne & WearNE29 6HSTelephone:Fax:Email:Website:0191 270 41000191 270 4101mailto:www.newcastle.anglican.orgOTHER USEFUL CONTACTSDepartment for Children, Schoolsand Families (DCSF):Office for Standards in Education(Ofsted)Sure Start:Independent Schools Council:Telephone:Website:Telephone:Website:Telephone:Website:Telephone:Website:0870 0002288www.dcfs.gov.uk08456 404045www.ofsted.gov.uk0870 000 2288www.surestart.gov.uk.020 7766 7070www.isc.co.ukChild Care information: Website: www.childcarelink.gov.ukPublic services information: Website: www.direct.gov.uk11


General InformationAdmission to Schools in Newcastle upon Tyne Local Authority AreaNewcastle Local Education Authority (LA) is responsible for determining the admissionarrangements for Community Schools in Newcastle. Community Schools are required to act inaccordance with these arrangements.You will find the admission arrangements for starting school in Nursery, First and Primaryschools in Section 3 and transferring to Middle and Secondary Schools, Excelsior Academy,High School and 6 th Forms in Section 4 of this handbook.Individual governing bodies are responsible for determining admissions to Roman Catholic andChurch of England schools. More information about their admission policies may be found inSection 7.The School Admissions CodeThe Department for Children, Schools and Families (previously the Department for Educationand Skills) publishes a code of practice for admission to schools and a new code came intoforce on 28 February 2007.The current School Admissions Code can be found on the DCSF web sitewww.dcfs.gov.uk/sacode14


General InformationAdmission to Schools in Newcastle upon Tyne Local Authority AreaNurseriesThere are 4 Local Authority nursery schools, two Early Years centres and 53 Nursery Unitsattached to First and Primary Schools generally for children aged from 3 to 4.There are 4 Community Day Nurseries providing care and early education for children frombirth to four years. Nurseries plan a wide range of activities to help children enjoy learningthrough play.In addition, Day Nurseries offer full-time and part-time places and are open weekdays, manyfrom 8am to 6 pm.Section 3 describes how to apply for a nursery place.16


General InformationAdmission to Schools in Newcastle upon Tyne Local Authority AreaStatutory education for children aged 4 – 16 yearsNewcastle has two school systems.• A two-tier system consisting of:Primary schools for children aged from 4 to 11Secondary schools and an Academy for pupils aged from 11 to 16There are 63 primary schools:42 Community schools18 Roman Catholic schools3 Church of England schoolsThere are 10 schools for secondary age pupils:5 Community schools3 Roman Catholic schools1 Church of England school1 Academy• A three-tier system in the Gosforth area of Newcastle consisting of:First schools for children aged from 4 to 9Middle schools for pupils aged from 9 to 13High school for pupils aged from 13 to 168 Community First Schools (Including Brunton, due to open in September 2009)1 Church of England First School3 Community Middle Schools1 Community High SchoolFeeder School SystemNewcastle Community Schools do not have catchment areas. Newcastle LA operates a ‘feederschool’ system for schools for which it is the Admissions Authority. This means that eachCommunity First School is linked to (“feeds into”) a designated Middle School and each MiddleSchool is linked to a designated High School. Each Community Primary School is linked to adesignated Secondary School or The Excelsior Academy.The Church of England First and Primary Schools feed into designated Community Schools orinto The Excelsior Academy.The Roman Catholic schools in Newcastle also operate a feeder school system. However, theRoman Catholic Primary schools feed into designated Roman Catholic Secondary Schools andnot into Community Secondary Schools.You can find out the links between First, Primary and Middle schools and their High orSecondary schools, and Excelsior Academy in Section 5 of this handbook.Please note: Pupils in feeder schools are not guaranteed a place in the receiving school, ifthe receiving school is oversubscribed.17


General InformationAdmission to Schools in Newcastle upon Tyne Local Authority AreaApplying for a school place• Admission to Reception Classes• Transfer to Middle and Secondary Schools, the Excelsior Academy and High Schools.The process of applying for a school place in Reception Class and for normal age transfer tothe next stage of education begins a year in advance of the date the child will start his or hernew school.The important dates in the process for admission in September 2009 are set out in thetimetable on page 5 at the beginning of this book.Parental PreferenceAs parents or carers you have the right to express a preference for a place in the school youwould like your child to attend. If you live outside the City, you may apply to send your child toa school in Newcastle. If you live in Newcastle, you have the right to apply for a place in aschool outside Newcastle.The admissions authority for the school considers applications in accordance with its publishedarrangements for processing admissions and transfers and the criteria for allocating places.We try to meet parental preferences as far as possible.Please consider your preferences carefully as it will not be possible to make changes, unlessthere is a genuine reason for doing so.Voluntary Aided Schools in Newcastle have different arrangements which are described inSection 7 of this handbook.Offer of a place for your childIf there are more places available than applicants, all applicants will be accepted and you willbe offered a place.If you are not offered a place at one of your preferred schools because it is over-subscribed youwill be advised of your right to appeal against the decision.If we are unable to offer you a place in any of your preferred schools you will be offered a placeat the nearest available school to your home address. You will also be advised of alternativeschools that have places available.Waiting ListsIf a place is not available for your child his or her name will be held on a waiting list. Waitinglists take into account the criteria for admission. Being held on a waiting list does notguarantee a place.19


General InformationAdmission to Schools in Newcastle upon Tyne Local Authority AreaAdmission to a Year Group outside the normal age rangeEarly entry or deferred entry to Primary or First SchoolThe Authority considers that it is in the best interests of your child to enter formal education asearly as possible and in the appropriate year group.Most children will be admitted to a school within their own age group but it is possible for you torequest a place outside your child’s normal age group in exceptional circumstances.If you think that your child should be in a lower age group or a higher one then please contactyour child’s school in the first place. If your child is not in school please contact the school towhich you would like your child admitted.A decision will be made in consultation with appropriate professionals, such as an educationpsychologist, a welfare officer and the Headteacher.Early or deferred entry must be agreed with the Headteacher. If entry is deferred then anappropriate date for admission will be set, no later than the start of the term following the child’s5 th birthday and in any event within the academic year in which entry is sought.If your application for a place outside the normal age group is refused, you have a right ofappeal against the decision.6 th FormIn Newcastle every Secondary, High school and The Excelsior Academy have a 6 th Form.Details of admission criteria, 6 th Form admission numbers and the curriculum offered can befound on each school’s website or by contacting the school. Contact details are given inSection 5 of this handbook.Educating a child at homeParents and carers have a duty to ensure that a child is educated. The LA is responsible foradvising and approving education of a child in their home.If you wish to discuss educating your child at home please contact:Jeff LoughHead of LinhopeLinhope RoadNewcastle upon Tyne NE5 2LWTelephone 0191 267 4447Email jeff.lough@pru.newcastle.sch.uk20


General InformationAdmission to Schools in Newcastle upon Tyne Local Authority AreaIndependent and boarding schoolsWith the exception of children with special educational needs, we do not make anyarrangements for the provision of education at schools not maintained by the Local Authority(LA).Information on independent schools is available from the Independent Schools Council.Telephone 020 7766 7070 www.isc.co.ukEducation for pupils with disabilitiesSchools are under a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that pupils with disabilitiesare not placed at a substantial disadvantage, although you should note that this does not applyto the provision of auxiliary aids and services or to physical adaptations to buildings.Education for children who have special needsIf you have concerns about your child's needs or educational progress you should contactthe school in the first instance.All schools are required to have a clear policy for special educational needs and should provideyou with a copy on request.The needs of most children can be met in mainstream schools and all schools in the city canprovide for pupils with special educational needs. Additional information about support forchildren with special needs can be found in Section 6.A number of mainstream schools have additionally resourced centres (ARC) that provide arange of specialist staff and facilities for children with special educational needs. These arelisted in the tables of information on every school in Newcastle which can be found in section 5.For children whose special educational needs cannot be met in a mainstream school there are5 Special Schools.For a minority of children, neither a special school, an ARC placement nor mainstream schoolis appropriate. In these cases the LA pays for placements in independent and non-maintainedspecial schools.If your child has special needs but not a statement, your application for a school place will beconsidered on the basis of the school’s published admission criteria.Children with statements of special educational need that name a school are required to beadmitted to the school that is named. The admission authority (even when it is the governingbody) does not have the right to refuse admission. Children with statements naming schoolscount toward the admission number and have a priority in admission arrangements.21


General InformationAdmission to Schools in Newcastle upon Tyne Local Authority AreaEducation if children have special needs - continuedIf your child has a Statement of Special Educational Need, this should be taken into account atannual review meetings a year before he or she is due to transfer. This will give you time to visitthe new school and to consider all the options within the same timescales as other parents andcarers. As parent or carer you have the right to state a preference for the school you wish yourchild to attend.Your child’s statement must be amended by 15 February 2009.Your views, and the recommendations of the annual review, will be considered. The LocalAuthority will consult with the school concerned and their view will also be taken into account.If there are no places available at your preferred school or the Local Authority does not feelable to support your preference, you have the right of appeal to the Special Educational NeedsTribunal but not to a local admission appeal panel.You can obtain further advice and information about special educational needs from thefollowing contacts:• Special Educational Needs Development and Administration TeamThe Newcastle Springfield CentreOff Blakelaw RoadBlakelawNewcastle upon TyneNE5 3HUTelephone 0191 2774650Fax 0191 2774647• Parent PartnershipThe Parent Partnership ServiceThe Dene CentreCastles Farm RoadGosforthNewcastle upon TyneNE3 1PHTelephone 0191 2840480 ext 219websitewww.newcastle-parentpartnership.co.ukThe Parent Partnership offers impartial support to parents or carers of children with specialeducational needs. They are well informed about the range of difficulties children and theircarers can face, as well as having a detailed knowledge of schools in the area.The partnership will assist anyone who is concerned about their child’s progress at schoolor who needs help or advice regarding the statutory assessment process.22


General InformationAdmission to Schools in Newcastle upon Tyne Local Authority AreaExceptions to the Duty to Offer a School PlaceIf there are more places available than applicants, the admission authority must accept all theapplications except in the circumstances described below.1. Twice Excluded PupilsIf a child has been permanently excluded from two or more schools a parent may stillexpress a preference for a school place but the requirement for the Admission Authorityto comply with the parent’s request is removed for a period of 2 years from the date onwhich the latest exclusion took place.2. Pupils with Challenging BehaviourAn Admission Authority must not refuse to admit a child on the basis of their behaviourelsewhere (unless the child has been excluded twice). If a pupil, once admitted, is foundto be seriously disruptive, then the school may consider disciplinary action, includingexclusion procedures.Exceptionally, outside the normal year of entry, an Admission Authority for certainschools may decide to refuse to admit a child with challenging behaviour where thereare places available, on the grounds that admission would prejudice the provision ofefficient education or the efficient use of resources. This will normally only be where aschool has a particularly high concentration of pupils with challenging behaviour orpreviously excluded children and in either case the school:• requires special measures or has recently come out of them (within the last 2 years)or• has been given ‘notice to improve’ by Ofsted or• is subject to a formal warning notice, or• is a Fresh Start school or Academy open for less than 2 years, or• is a Secondary school where less than 30% of children are achieving 5 or moreGCSEs at grades A* - C or• a Primary school where fewer than 65% of pupils achieve Level 4 at Key Stage 2 inboth English and Mathematics for four or more consecutive yearsIn Newcastle the only secondary school that would qualify under this regulation is theExcelsior Academy.6 primary schools had Key Stage 2 results below 65% from 2003 - 2007:-Atkinson RoadBykerHawthornSt John’sSt Anthony’s2 primary schools are in special measures:-Throckley PrimaryWestgate Hill Primary24


General InformationAdmission to Schools in Newcastle upon Tyne Local Authority AreaIn-year or Casual AdmissionsIn-year or casual admissions are those that occur other than at the normal admission time forreception class and the transfer stages of education (e.g. because a child is moving to a newaddress).It is usually in the best interests of a child for him or her to transfer between schools atthe appropriate age and at the beginning of the school year.Children are more likely to thrive if they have a stable school life and are less likely to reachtheir potential if they move from school to school.Children who have a history of poor attendance are unlikely to change their attendance habitjust by moving to another school.Unresolved issues at a child’s current school are not always resolved effectively by changingschools.Transferring during Key Stages is not advisable. In particular, having decided on options forYears 10 and 11 and completed course work for continuous assessment, students who wish totransfer during this phase are likely to find it difficult to match their current courses at anotherschool and extremely difficult to start and complete an alternative course satisfactorily. Someschools may not be able to offer their full range of options to students admitted during theschool year or out of the normal transfer phase.The Admissions Authority recognises that there may be overriding reasons for an inyeartransfer and applications will be considered carefully and quickly. A decision willbe made in the best interests of the child.Applications will be considered according to the School Admissions Code 2007 andNewcastle’s own Fair Access Policy.• If a place is offered, your child will start at their new school at the earliest opportunity.• If it is not possible to offer a place, you will be given the reasons for the decision and youhave the right of appeal to an independent panel.Contact the School Admissions and Transfers Team initially. The Team will be able to giveyou information about the possible availability of places and will provide an application form. Ifa move is necessary, they will also be able to advise you on the next step.Telephone 0191 277 7428Fax 0191 277 7474Email admissions.education@newcastle.gov.uk25


General InformationAdmission to Schools in Newcastle upon Tyne Local Authority AreaAppeals, Complaints and MediationHow to appeal if you have not been offered a place at your preferred schoolWhen the Local Education Authority (LA) or governors of a Roman Catholic or Church ofEngland school are not able to offer a place at your preferred school, you may exercise yourright of appeal.For further advice on school admission appeals, contact the School Admissions and TransfersTeam. Telephone 0191 277 7428 or email admissions.education@newcastle.gov.uk.You will be sent written guidance and a Notice of Appeal form, which you must complete andreturn to the School Admission & Transfer Team, Room 308, Civic Centre, Newcastle uponTyne NE1 8PU.Please note that if your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs, differentarrangements apply. Please contact the Special Educational Needs Section.Telephone 0191 277 4650 for further information.You will be given notice in writing of the place and time of the meeting of the Appeals Panel atwhich the appeal will be heard. If you have good reasons for asking for a different time, youshould write or telephone immediately to the clerk arranging the hearing. Unless you agreeotherwise, you will be given at least 14 days notice of the appeal date.You will be given the opportunity to appear before the Appeals Panel to present your case.You may be accompanied by a friend or be legally represented (as may also the LA orgovernors). However, it is not essential you attend and you can choose to allow the appeal tobe considered on the basis of the statement on your form (Notice of Appeal). If you choose notto attend, the appeal will be decided upon the information available. All meetings of theAppeals Panel will be in private.At least seven days before the hearing by the Appeals Panel you will be sent a writtenstatement summarising how the admissions policy applies to the case in question, and thereasons for the decision not to offer your child a place.The conduct of the actual hearing is at the discretion of the Panel but it could be as follows:• Case for the Admissions Authority and the school• Questioning by the parents or carer(s) and the Appeal Panel• Case for the parents or carer(s)• Questioning by the Admissions Authority and Panel• Reply and summing up by the Admissions Authority (or governors)• Summing up by the parent(s) or (carers)27


General InformationAdmission to Schools in Newcastle upon Tyne Local Authority AreaHow to appeal - continuedThe Clerk to the Panel will write to you and the Admissions Authority, about the decision of theAppeals Panel, and the grounds on which it is made. The decision of an Appeals Panel isbinding on the Admissions Authority.• If the Appeals Panel upholds your appeal, a place will be made available at the school.• If your appeal is unsuccessful, a second appeal for the same school in the same schoolyear will only be allowed if there is a significant change in circumstances.• If you are dissatisfied with the way in which the appeal was conducted, or the compositionof the Appeals Panel, you may complain to the Local Government Ombudsman.Anne SeexLocal Government OmbudsmanBeverley House17 Shipton RoadYorkYO30 5FZTelephone 01904 380200Fax 01904 380269emailenquiries.york@lgo.org.ukwebsite www.lgo.org.uk28


General InformationAdmission to Schools in Newcastle upon Tyne General Local Authority AreaAppeals, Complaints and MediationComplaints about schoolsIf you are unhappy with what is happening at your child’s school please arrange to discuss yourconcerns with staff at the school in the first instance. It is important to give the school anopportunity to resolve your concerns informally. If you cannot resolve your concerns informally,then you may feel that it is necessary to make a formal complaint.Every school must publish a complaints procedure (Education Act 2002). Please contact theschool and obtain a copy before making your complaint.Staff and Governors of schools take complaints very seriously and will listen and respond tocomplaints and concerns raised by pupils and adults.Anyone making a complaint to a school has the right to be accompanied by a person of theirchoice, during discussions. Parents or another adult may accompany pupils.Complaints about the curriculum and collective worshipComplaints about the curriculum and collective worship are dealt with slightly differently.Please contact your school or Children’s Services for advice.Children’s ServicesCivic CentreNewcastle upon TyneNE1 8PUTelephone 0191 2115395Facilitating Agreement in the North East (FANE)FANE is an additional mediation service for the parents and carers of children with specialeducational needs. Contact FANE if you feel you need further support after you have alreadytried to resolve any difficulty or disagreement through• a meeting with the headteacher or special educational needs coordinator• talking to a Local Authority officer• contacting the Parent Partnership Service.You can contact FANE on telephone 01325 25454829


Starting SchoolEarly Years• Your child can start their education in pre-school playgroups from 2 years old and in daynurseries and childcare settings from birth, throughout Newcastle.• Your child can start their education in a Nursery School or a nursery unit in a primary or firstschool, when they are three years old.• You are required by law to send your child to school no later than the beginning of theschool term after their fifth birthday. However, it is recommended that your child starts atthe beginning of the school year during which they will be five, in September, so that theyare not disadvantaged by a later start than other children in their Year Group.Applying for a place before your child is 3 years oldRegistration forms can be obtained from the childcare organisation or community nursery and aparent or carer wishing to book a place should complete and return the form. It is advisable tocontact the nursery as soon as possible so your child’s name can be added to a waiting list andyou can obtain their admission policy which explains how they allocate places.Community nurseries (Local Authority nurseries) offer some places funded by ‘Children inNeed’ and some fee paying places. Funded places are usually available between the hours of9am and 3pm.Nursery Units in first and primary schools do not usually offer places to children younger than 3years old.Applying for a place for your 3 or 4 year oldIn the term after your child is three years old you can get a free part-time early education place.This is for five two-and-a-half hour sessions each week during term time at a playgroup or daynursery. This may change from September 2009. Please contact the Family InformationService for details, before you apply for a place for your child. Telephone 0191 2774133, emailfis@newcastle.gov.uk.Playgroups and Private NurseriesContact the Families Information Service for details of registered playgroups and privatenurseries and information about how to apply for a place.Visit the Childcare Enquiry Desk, Booth 27 in the Customer Service Centre in the Civic Centre.Telephone 0191 277 4133Email fis@newcastle.gov.ukWebsite http://newcastle.cyp-directory.org.uk32


Starting SchoolAdmission to Community Nursery Schools and Nursery UnitsWhen and where should I apply for a place?You should apply directly to the school of your choice before the end of the spring term beforeadmission (3rd April 2009). Offers of places will be made as soon as possible after this dateand no later than 1 May 2009. The Roman Catholic and Church of England nurseries mayhave a different timetable so please check with the individual school for the dates when youshould apply.Will my child be able to attend my preferred school?Where there are fewer applicants than there are places available in a school then all applicantswill be offered a place. If there are more applicants than places available, places will beallocated in accordance with the admission policy for the school. The admission policy forcommunity nursery schools and classes is on page 35 of this handbook. You can find outabout the admissions policy for Nursery classes in our Voluntary Aided schools (RomanCatholic and Church of England schools) by contacting the individual school. Contact detailsare in Section 5 of this handbook.Will my child be offered a full-time or part-time nursery place?To be flexible enough to meet local needs, the allocation of full-time and part-time places ineach school or class is determined by individual schools. All schools will publish their criteria fordetermining admission and give details of the number of full and part-time places available.Your child may be offered either a full-time or part-time place.Will my child’s name be kept on a waiting list for my preferred school if a place is notoffered?If your preferred school has to refuse you a place because there were more applications thanplaces available, it will keep your child’s name on a waiting list. If a place becomes available,it will be offered to the applicant on the waiting list who ranks highest in accordance with thepublished admissions criteria listed on page 35 of this handbook.What happens if I submit a late application?Late applications will be considered after those received on time and, where places are stillavailable, an offer of a place will be made.If the school is full, the school will place your child’s name on the waiting list in the position oftheir ranking according to the published criteria.What can I do if I do not get a place in my preferred nursery unit or school?You cannot appeal against a decision not to allocate your child a place in a nursery unit orschool. If you are not satisfied with the way your application has been handled, then youshould discuss your concerns with the school Governing Body. If your concerns are stillunresolved, you may write to the Executive Director of Children’s Services, Civic Centre,Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8PU.33


Starting SchoolSEPTEMBER 2009Admission Arrangements for Community Nursery SchoolsandNursery Classes in Community First and Primary SchoolsChildren who have reached their third birthday on or before 31 August of the year they are tobe admitted are entitled to apply for place at a nursery school or nursery class.To be flexible enough to meet local needs, the allocation of full-time and part-time places innursery schools or nursery classes is determined by individual schools. Minimum part-timeprovision is 12.5 hours per week per child.Applications for places in nursery schools or nursery classes in September 2009 should bemade directly to the school before the end of the spring term preceding admission (3 April2009). Offers of a place will be made by the school as soon as possible after this date and nolater than the end of the second week of Summer Term - 1 May 2009.If there are fewer applications than places available, then all applicants will be offered a place.Schools that have had to refuse a parent’s application because there are more applicationsthan places available will keep a waiting list of the names of applicants. If a place becomesavailable it will be offered to the applicant on the waiting list who ranks highest in accordancewith the published admission criteria.There is no appeal procedure for parents refused a place in a nursery class or nurseryschool.Please note: attendance at a nursery class or a nursery school does not guarantee a place ina reception class at the same school or at the associated primary or first school.Detailed information about nursery schools and nursery classes in first and primary schools,including numbers of places, are included in section 5 of the Information for ParentsHandbook.34


Starting SchoolAdmission Policy for Nursery Schools and Nursery ClassesChildren with statements of special educational needs where the statement names a specificschool will be offered a place.If there are fewer applications than places available then every child will be offered a place.Nursery Schools and Nursery Classes in Community Primary and First Schools: OversubscriptioncriteriaIf there are more applications than places available, then the following over-subscriptioncriteria are applied and places are offered to children who are ranked highest.1. Children in public care are given priorityThe following criteria are not in priority order. Governing Bodies are free to exercise discretionin the light of individual circumstances.2. Children with a sibling in the nursery class or nursery school or in the primary or first schoolassociated with the nursery, in September.3. Distance from home address to nursery4. Special reasons such asa. Family breakdownb. Three or more children under 5 years old in one householdc. Children who are at an educational disadvantage because their use of the Englishlanguage is minimal or non-existentd. Home accommodation unsuitable for young childrene. Failure to thrive socially, medically or psychologicallyf. Physical, sensory or learning difficultiesIf special reasons are to be considered, detailed information about the child’s circumstance willbe required.35


Starting SchoolNursery school places for younger children.Only if places remain, will an application for a place in a nursery school (but not a nurseryclass) be considered for a younger child. The child must be three on or before 31 December ofthe same year.The school governing body is free to exercise discretion in the light of the child’s circumstancesand will consider an application if the child meets one or more special reasons for admission,such as• Family breakdown• Three or more children under 5 years old in one household• Children who are at an educational disadvantage because their use of the English languageis minimal or non-existent• Home accommodation unsuitable for young children• Failure to thrive socially, medically or psychologically• Physical, sensory or learning difficultiesIf special reasons are to be considered, detailed information about the child’s circumstance willbe required.36


Starting School – First and Primary SchoolWhen should my child start school?Admission to First and Primary SchoolsIn Newcastle, if your child will be 4 years old on or before 31 August 2009 they can start at aCommunity or Voluntary Aided (Church) school from the beginning of the school yearSeptember 2009.What happens when my child reaches primary school age?You must apply for your child to attend reception class at a Primary or First School.There are three ways to apply:1. On-line at www.newcastle.gov.uk/education/admissions2. By email, using the application form on the Information for Parents 2009 CD-Rom andavailable on the web site and sending it as an attachment toadmissions.education@newcastle.gov.uk3. Using the form enclosed with the Information for Parents 2009 pack, returning it in the replypaidenvelope to the School Admissions and Transfers Team.You will not automatically be given a place at any school.Attendance at a Nursery unit does not guarantee a place in reception class at the sameschool and no priority is given to children who have attended a nursery class in theschool. Many schools have more places available in their nursery class than there are in theirreception class. This is because most of our schools offer part time places in nursery.Attendance in reception class is full time.Co-ordinated admission arrangements – important information that you need to know if yourchild is due to start Primary or First school in September 2009For applications for reception places September 2009 we will operate a co-ordinated admissionscheme with the governing bodies of the Voluntary Aided (Church) schools. If you wish toapply for a Primary, First or Voluntary Aided school in a different LA please apply direct to thatAuthority.You will receive one offer of a reception class place.If your child is eligible for a place in more than one school then our arrangements mean thatyou will be allocated a place at the highest ranked school you nominated on your form whereyour child is eligible for a place. For example, if your child is eligible for a place at the schoolsyou nominated 1 st and 2 nd we will offer a place at the school you put 1 st .37


Starting School – First and Primary SchoolWhich schools can I include on my application form?You can include any Community or Voluntary Aided First or Primary school in Newcastle.How many schools should I include on my preference form?You can include up to four preferences of school on your form. Indicating only one or twopreferences, or listing the same school more than once, does not increase your chance of aplace in those schools.In what order should I put my preferences?You should put your preferences in rank order. You should put the school you would mostprefer first on your list. If your child is eligible for a place at more than one school, we will offera place at the school ranked highest on your application form.Important Information – how applications are processed for Newcastle Community andVoluntary Aided schools.Who makes the decision on my application?The Local Authority (the Admissions Authority) will make the decision on applications for placesin community schools. If any of your preferences are for a Voluntary Aided (Church) school wewill send your application to that school. They will let us know if they can offer you a place.How do admission authorities make their decisions on who should be offered a place ina school?If there are fewer applicants than there are available places in a school then all applicants willbe offered a place in the school.If there are more applicants the admission authority (either the Local Authority or the governingbody if it is a Voluntary Aided (Church) school) has admission criteria (often calledoversubscription criteria) that they use to decide which children should be offered a place.The admission criteria for Newcastle Community Schools are listed on page 42 of thishandbook. The table on page 44 shows how places were allocated for September 2008.Voluntary Aided schools and other Admission Authorities do not have the same admissioncriteria as Newcastle Community Schools. Further information on the admissions criteria forVoluntary Aided schools in Newcastle are in Section 7 of this handbook.38


Starting School – First and Primary SchoolPlease contact other Local Authorities for their admission criteria and request an applicationform for a Reception class place outside Newcastle:School admissions contact numbersGateshead 0191 4332775North Tyneside 0191 2005020Northumberland 01670 534162South Tyneside 0191 4247746Where should I return my application for a Reception place in a Newcastle school?1. On-line at www.newcastle.gov.uk/education/admissions2. By email, using the application form on the enclosed CD-Rom and on the web site andsending it as an attachment to admissions.education@newcastle.gov.uk3. Using the form enclosed with the Information for Parents 2009 pack, returning it in the replypaid envelope to the Admission and Transfer Team, Children’s Services, Room 308, CivicCentre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8PU.ReceiptsYou will be issued with a receipt for your completed application form. Please keep the receiptfor future reference which you may have to provide to show that your application was received.When is the closing date for applications for reception places?The closing date for applications is 24 October 2008.What happens if I send my application in after this date?If you return your form after 24 October 2008 your application will be considered as late. Thismay reduce your chance of gaining a place in the school you want, because late applicationsare processed after those received on time.Late applications – exceptional reasonsIf your application is late for an exceptional reason, for example if you have just moved into thearea, it may be accepted but please let us know the reason it is late. Otherwise lateapplications will be considered for any remaining places after the allocation period has endedon 13 February 2009.39


Starting School – First and Primary SchoolWhat if I change my mind after I have handed in the preference form?Please consider your preferences carefully as it will not be possible to make changes after theclosing date of 24 October 2008, unless there is a genuine reason for doing so.Telephone the School Admissions and Transfers Team on 0191 277 7428 or emailadmissions.education@newcastle.gov.uk. Applications to change your preferred school(s)should be confirmed in writing.If you have applied on-line, you may change your preference at any time up to the closing date.If you change or amend your application it is essential that you resubmit it.If you have submitted your application by email, then emailadmissions.education@newcastle.gov.uk again with your new preference, with the subject ofyour email ‘changed preference’.When will I find out which place I am being offered for my child?Offers of a school place will be delivered on 2 March 2009.Will I need to let you know that I am accepting the offer?You have until the 13 March 2009 to accept a place in a Newcastle school. If you do notconfirm that you are accepting a place, it may be withdrawn.Please check arrangements for other Local Authorities. You can contact them on the followingnumbers:Gateshead 0191 4332775North Tyneside 0191 2005020Northumberland 01670 534162South Tyneside 0191 4247746Important – Proof of AddressOn acceptance of your offer and if the school is over-subscribed, the school may ask you toprovide proof of your address. If you do not do so, or if you supply information that is fraudulentor intentionally misleading, then the Local Authority or other admission authority has the right towithdraw any offer of a school place.What can I do if I do not get offered a place in my preferred school(s)?We will always try to offer you a place at your preferred school. If we are unable to do so, wewill allocate you a place at the next highest ranked school you nominated where your child iseligible for a place.If we are unable to offer you a place at any of your preferred schools we will offer you a place atthe nearest (measured straight line distance) community school to your home address inNewcastle with a vacancy and provide you with a list of alternatives.You have the right to appeal against the decision.40


Starting School – First and Primary SchoolAppeals are to an independent panel and their decision is binding. You can find details of theappeals procedure in Section 2 of this handbook.Important Information: When considering an appeal you should be aware of the class sizerestrictions that apply to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes as this means that the groundsfor appeal are very restricted. You can find information on class size legislation on page 43 inthis handbook.If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs, any appeal has to be to the SpecialNeeds Tribunal. Further information on education for children with special needs is included inSection 2 and Section 6 of this handbook.Will my child’s name be kept on a waiting list for my preferred school if a place is notoffered?If we are unable to offer you a place at your preferred Newcastle school, your child’s name willbe kept on a waiting list. Children will be listed, in order, in accordance with the school’sadmissions criteria and places will be offered to the highest-ranking applicant on the list, if theybecome available.Please note that no priority is given on waiting lists to the date the application form is received.This means that a child on the waiting list can be moved down the list if a late application isreceived for a child who has higher priority.Who should I contact for help and guidance on my application?If you need any help or advice about the admissions process please contact the SchoolAdmissions & Transfers Team at the Civic Centre on 0191 2777428 or you can call personallyat the Customer Service Centre on the ground floor of the Civic Centre. The opening times are08.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. You may prefer to emailadmissions.education@newcastle.gov.uk.If you need guidance about the admission criteria for a particular Voluntary Aided school youshould contact the school directly. Contact details can be found in section 5 of this book.If you need advice about admission to schools in neighbouring Local Authorities you cancontact them on the following local telephone numbersGateshead 0191 4332775North Tyneside 0191 2005020Northumberland 01670 534162South Tyneside 0191 424774641


Starting School – First and Primary SchoolAdmissions Policy for Newcastle Community First and Primary SchoolsYour child will be able to go to your preferred school unless there are more applications for thatschool than there are places available. Where there are more applications for admission thanplaces available, the following ranked criteria will be used to determine which children will beallocated places after children with Statements of Special Educational needs where thestatement names a specific school.1. Children in public care (looked-after children).2. Where there will be an older brother or sister in attendance at the school at the date ofadmission.3. Children with a special medical condition. Any relevant medical condition must be madeknown at the time the application for a place is made. A medical certificate is required if theapplication is to be considered on this basis and may be referred to the health authority forconsideration – we must be satisfied that there is a specific medical reason which makesattendance at a particular school essential.4. The measure of the straight line distance from the school to the home address of the child.Available places will be allocated to those applicants living the nearest.Important – proof of addressYou will be asked to provide proof of your address if the school is over-subscribed. If you donot do so when asked, or if you supply information that is fraudulent or intentionally misleadingthen the LA has the right to withdraw any offer of a school place.An offer may also be withdrawn if you do not respond to the offer and return theacceptance form by 13 March 2009.Voluntary Aided (Church) SchoolsThe governing body of each school determines the admission policy for its school. Furtherinformation about admission policies for Voluntary Aided (Church) Primary schools inNewcastle can be found in Section 7 in this handbook.The Local Authority will, on behalf of the Voluntary Aided school governing body, offer a placeto you at whichever of the schools you ranked highest.42


Starting School – First and Primary SchoolClass Size Restrictions in Key Stage 1Key Stage 1 includes Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in First and Primary schools.All schools must follow class size legislation in Key Stage 1 (ages 4 to 7). Schools are notallowed to have more than 30 children to one qualified teacher in any Key Stage 1 class,including reception classes.Once this limit of 30 children to one teacher is reached and your child is refused admission thenthere are only very restricted grounds for appeal. An Appeal Panel can uphold your appeal onlyif they are satisfied that either:• The decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable Admission Authoritywould make in the circumstances of the case; or• The child would have been offered a place if the admission arrangements had beenproperly implemented.The Appeal Panel members must consider whether or not the Local Authority has satisfiedthem that their decision to refuse admission was reasonable in accordance with admissionlegislation and that the admission procedures were properly implemented. If this is shown tobe the case, the Panel is obliged to dismiss the appeal.Your child may be refused a place at a school on the grounds that the admission would causeclass size prejudice. Class size prejudice means that a school would not be able to keep to the30:1 class size limit unless extra measures were taken, such as the need to provide an extrateacher or classroom or even a reorganisation of classes. Factors relevant to the admissionauthority’s decision could be:• Where the introduction of an extra pupil would necessitate the introduction of mixed-agedteaching in a school previously operating in single year groups• Whether the admission of the child would lead to a breach of the limit further up the system– some schools decide to have small reception classes with larger year 1 and year 2classes (e.g. admission number of 45 with 2 reception classes of 22 and 23 and 3 mixedyear 1and year 2 classes of 30). Admitting extra pupils to the reception class would notbreach the limit in that year but could do so in future years.You will find information about how to appeal in Section 2 in this handbook.Exception to Key Stage 1 Class Size LegislationException to the class size legislation is possible only in very limited circumstances, forexample where a child is in receipt of a Statement of Special Educational Needs naming theschool in question, or where a child has moved into an area during the school year and there isno other school within a reasonable distance from home. In either case the class may remainabove the 30:1 limit only for the remainder of that school year.43


.Applications for September 2008 reception classes as at 01/03/2008No of No of applications No of offers Allocation criteriaplacesSchool name 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd Named Care Sibling Medical Distancechoice choice choice choice choice choice Total schoolFirst schoolsArchibald 60 43 46 37 42 11 7 60 17 43Broadway East 45 60 63 30 42 2 1 45 13 1 31Dinnington 30 33 12 14 29 0 1 30 15 15Gosforth Park 45 32 70 52 29 12 4 45 15 30Grange 30 18 13 25 18 0 5 23 8 15Regent Farm 60 31 21 21 31 3 2 36 10 26South Gosforth 45 68 62 32 43 2 0 45 16 1 28PrimaryschoolsAtkinson Road 60 40 25 18 40 1 1 42 9 33Beech Hill 42 29 8 7 28 1 1 30 13 17Benton Park 45 32 23 18 32 0 1 33 9 24Bridgewater 30 18 7 12 18 0 1 19 9 10Broadwood 60 18 11 18 18 2 0 20 6 14Byker 51 19 2 4 19 0 0 19 11 8Canning Street 60 34 15 17 34 1 0 35 17 18Cheviot 30 31 7 6 30 0 0 30 12 18Chillingham30 23 44 25 23 1 0 24 6 18RoadCragside 60 57 56 34 55 4 1 60 18 42Farne 30 26 26 15 26 3 0 29 10 19Hawthorn 30 12 8 17 12 1 0 13 6 7Hilton 60 41 13 6 41 0 0 41 12 29Hotspur 60 41 18 24 41 2 0 43 17 26Kenton Bar 45 13 20 9 13 1 0 14 1 10 3Kingston Park 60 64 19 24 56 3 1 60 23 37Knoplaw 60 81 49 17 59 0 1 60 23 3744


.Applications for September 2008 reception classes as at 01/03/2008No of No of applications No of offers Allocation criteriaPlacesSchool name 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd Named Care Sibling Medical Distancechoice choice choice choice choice choice Total schoolLemington45 20 13 6 20 4 0 24 11 13RiversideMilecastle 54 11 55 38 11 10 7 28 8 20Moorside 60 43 36 19 43 5 1 49 19 30Mountfield 30 17 7 8 17 0 0 17 8 9Newburn Manor 30 36 21 17 28 1 1 30 13 17North Fawdon 30 12 4 2 12 0 0 12 6 6Ravenswood 82 68 25 37 68 0 0 68 26 42Simonside 45 16 13 13 16 1 0 17 5 12St John's 30 23 7 9 23 0 0 23 12 11Stocksfield60 48 27 31 48 5 7 60 23 37AvenueThomas Walling 45 41 16 7 41 0 1 42 16 26Throckley 45 18 8 9 18 0 0 18 9 9Tyneview 30 8 6 7 8 0 0 8 3 5Walbottle 20 19 11 9 19 0 0 19 10 9Walkergate 90 43 31 16 43 1 0 44 16 28Waverley 45 39 18 10 39 4 2 45 19 26Welbeck 75 48 31 15 48 5 0 53 15 38Westgate Hill 60 36 34 13 36 1 0 37 21 16West Denton 45 28 11 17 28 1 0 29 8 21West Jesmond 90 116 47 27 88 2 0 90 35 55West Walker 40 27 8 11 27 1 1 29 12 17Westerhope 60 65 37 36 55 3 2 60 1 22 37Wharrier Street 60 44 23 19 44 2 0 46 1 19 26Wingrove 60 58 23 34 54 3 3 60 35 25Wyndham 30 38 7 12 29 0 1 30 14 1645


SECTION 4TRANSFER TO THE NEXT STAGE OF EDUCATIONandADMISSION TO 6th FORMPrimary school to Secondary school,First school to Middle schoolMiddle school to High school47


TRANSFER TO THE NEXT STAGE OF EDUCATIONCo-ordinated Admission ArrangementsPrimary school to Secondary schoolFirst school to Middle schoolMiddle school to High schoolImportant information you need to know if your child is due to transfer to middle orsecondary school in September 2009Applications should be made to the LA in which you live.Admissions arrangements are coordinated with the governing bodies of the Voluntary Aided(Church) Secondary schools in Newcastle, and with all our neighbouring Local Authorities (LA)including Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Northumberland and any other localauthority.Co-ordinated arrangements mean that you need only complete one application form even if youare nominating, for example, schools in different LA areas, or different types of schools, forexample a Community school and a Voluntary Aided (Church) school within the same LA. Youshould complete a form supplied by your home authority e.g. if you live in Newcastle but wish toapply for a place in a Northumberland school, please complete a Newcastle form.We do not co-ordinate our admission process with independent or private schools or CityTechnology Colleges e.g. Emmanuel College.The co-ordinated arrangements also mean that you will receive the offer of a school place foryour child from your home authority.If your child is eligible for a place in more than one school then our arrangements mean thatyou will be allocated a place at the highest ranked school you nominated on your applicationform where your child is eligible for a place.For example, if your child is eligible for a place at the schools you nominated 1 st and 2 nd we willoffer a place at the school you put 1 st .Feeder school systemNewcastle Community schools do not have catchment areas. Newcastle operates a ‘feederschool’ system for its schools. This means that each Community First, Primary and Middleschool has a feeder link to a designated Middle, Secondary or High school or ExcelsiorAcademy.You can find the links between First, Primary and Middle schools and Secondary, High schoolsand Excelsior Academy in Section 5 of this handbook.It is important for you to know about the feeder school arrangements when you apply to transferyour child to the next stage of their education because where there are more applications forthe school than there are places available we give priority to pupils attending designated feederschools when we allocate places.48


TRANSFER TO THE NEXT STAGE OF EDUCATIONChurch of England First and Primary schools have feeder links to designated Communityschools.Roman Catholic schools in Newcastle also operate a feeder link system. The Roman CatholicPrimary schools each have a feeder link to a designated Roman Catholic Secondary school.They do not link into Community Secondary schools.When considering applications, the governing bodies of the Roman Catholic Secondaryschools generally give priority to Baptised Roman Catholic children attending the feederPrimary schools in the school’s catchment area. Further information about the admissionspolicies for Roman Catholic schools is included in Section 7 of this handbook.Making Your ApplicationHow and when do I apply for a place in my child’s next school?To apply for a place in your child’s next school you must complete an application form.If your child is due to transfer and he or she is attending a Newcastle Community or VoluntaryAided (Church) school you will receive an application form and a letter with details of thetransfer arrangements, at the beginning of autumn term 2008, from your child’s current school.There are three ways to apply:1. On-line at www.newcastle.gov.uk/education/admissions2. By email, using the application form included on the Information for Parents 2009 CD-Rom and available on the web site, saving and sending it as an attachment toadmissions.education@newcastle.gov.uk3. Using the form enclosed with this letter, returning it in the reply-paid envelope to theSchool Admissions and Transfers Team.Application forms will be available from your child’s school from the beginning of autumn term2008.You should return your completed form as soon as possible and no later than 24 October 2008.Important InformationYou should take great care to complete your application form in accordance with the instructionsand the accompanying information. In choosing your preferences you should make a realisticassessment of your chances of securing a place at that school.The table on page 60 shows how places were allocated in September 2008.49


TRANSFER TO THE NEXT STAGE OF EDUCATIONHow do I apply for a place in a Newcastle school if I live outside Newcastle?Under our co-ordinated admission arrangements, if you live in another Local Authority area andare applying for a place in a Newcastle school, you should complete an application form fromyour “home” Local Authority and return it to them.For example, if you live in Gateshead or North Tyneside you should complete and return yourform requesting a Newcastle school to Gateshead or North Tyneside Local Authority.Your home LA will let us know that you have applied for a place in a Newcastle school. In turn,we will let them know if we can offer you a place.Please do not complete two forms – this does not give you any advantage and mayadversely affect your chance of obtaining a place at your preferred school.Which schools can I include on my application form?Include any Community or Voluntary Aided school within Newcastle or any other Authority.Information about Newcastle schools is in Section 5 of this handbook.Information about schools in other Local Authority areas is available from each Authority.Gateshead 0191 4332775North Tyneside 0191 2005020Northumberland 01670 534162South Tyneside 0191 4277746You must apply separately and directly to independent schools or City technology Collegesbecause we do not process these applications.Will I automatically get a place in the school that my child’s present school feeds into?No. Attending a feeder school does not guarantee a place.Reserved PlacesYou will not automatically have a place reserved in any school.Important InformationCommunity school places are given to all applicants when a school is not oversubscribed.If a community school is oversubscribed then the admission criteria will be applied.The admission criteria are listed on page 57 in this handbook.50


TRANSFER TO THE NEXT STAGE OF EDUCATIONIf your child attends a Roman Catholic Primary school you do not have an automatic right oftransfer to a Roman Catholic Secondary school. When considering applications, the RomanCatholic Secondary schools apply their own admissions criteria which are included in Section 7of this handbook.How many schools should I include on my preference form?You can include up to four preferences of schools on your form. We strongly advise you tonominate four preferences. This will not alter your chances of securing a place at your 1 stpreference school. If we are unable to offer a place in one of your preferred schools we willoffer a place at the nearest school to your home address where places are available.In what order should I put my preferences?You should put preferences in rank order. You should put the school you would most preferfirst on your list. If you put more than one school on your form we will consider them all – ifyour child is eligible for a place at more than one school we will offer you a place at the schoolranked highest on your form.Naming a school as your 1 st preference does not guarantee you a place at that school.Important InformationYou should consider how the admission authority for a school processes applications as thismay affect how you rank your preferences on your form. Not all admission authorities processapplications for their schools in the same way.See below for further information about how applications for Newcastle Community andVoluntary Aided schools are processed.Who makes the decision on my application?The Local Authority (the Admissions Authority) will make the decision on applications for placesin Newcastle Community schools.If any of your preferences are for a Voluntary Aided (Church) school or for a school in anotherLocal Authority area we will send your application to the appropriate admission authority for thatschool. They will let us know if they can offer you a place.How do admission authorities make their decision on who should be offered a place in aschool?If there are fewer applicants than there are places available in a school, all applicants will beoffered a place. If there are more applicants than places available, the admissions authority(either the Local Authority or the governing body if it is a Voluntary Aided (Church) school) willapply the admission criteria (often called oversubscription criteria) that it uses to decide whichchildren should be offered a place.51


TRANSFER TO THE NEXT STAGE OF EDUCATIONThe admission criteria for Newcastle Community Middle and Secondary schools are on page57 in this handbook.Further information about the admission arrangements for the Voluntary Aided (Church)Secondary schools in Newcastle are included in Section 7 of this handbook.The Local Authority will, on behalf of the VA school governing body, offer a place to you atwhichever of the schools you ranked highest for which your child is eligible.If you are applying for a school in another authority you should contact them to find out howthey process their applications.Gateshead 0191 4332775North Tyneside 0191 2005020Northumberland 01670 534162South Tyneside 0191 4277746It is important that you check this with them because it may affect how you rank yourpreferences on your form. It will be relevant to how your application is considered and how theadmission authority reaches their decision. If you live in Newcastle you should then apply toNewcastle.Important InformationOur co-ordinated admission arrangements mean that you will receive only one offer of a placein a Secondary, Middle, High school or Excelsior Academy.If your child is eligible for a place in more than one school then our arrangements mean thatyou will be allocated a place at the highest ranked school you listed on your form, where yourchild is eligible for a place.For example, if your child is eligible for a place at the schools you nominated 1 st and 2 nd we willoffer a place at the school you put 1 st .52


TRANSFER TO THE NEXT STAGE OF EDUCATIONHow will I know if the school(s) I would like my child to attend will have moreapplications than places available?Demand for individual schools can vary from year to year. Until the preference forms arereceived, we cannot tell which schools will have more applications than places available.Each year the majority of children are admitted to their parents’ preferred school, but despiteour firm commitment to meet parental preferences, there is a limit to the number of childrenwho can be admitted to a school. Some schools receive more applications than they haveplaces available.For September 2008 places, at the date of allocation (March 2008) the schools listed belowhad filled all their available places.Gosforth Central Middle School Gosforth East Middle SchoolHeaton Manor SchoolKenton Technology CollegeSacred Heart Secondary School St Cuthbert’s Secondary SchoolA table on page 60 gives details of the number of applications received for each Community schooland the number of places offered as at 01/03/2008 (National Offer Day).Can I apply for my child to change between the two-tier and three-tier school systems?Yes you can but remember that applications can only be considered for any vacancies that maybe available in the appropriate year group. Please also consider the impact of your childjoining school when other pupils have already attended that school, made friends and been partof the school community since the usual age of transfer. You should contact the SchoolAdmissions & Transfers Team for information on available places before you apply.The two-tier system has Primary School children transferring to a Secondary School orExcelsior Academy at age 11.The three-tier system has First School children transferring to a Middle School at age 9 andMiddle School children transferring to a High School at age 13.Where should I return my preference form?Apply on-line or email your application as an attachment using the form included on theInformation for Parents 2009 CD-Rom and on the web sitewww.newcastle.gov.uk/education/admissions.Alternatively, return the form in the reply-paid envelope provided in your information pack to theAdmissions & Transfers Team, Children’s Services, Room 308, Civic Centre, Newcastle uponTyne NE1 8PU.You will be sent a receipt for your completed application form. Please keep the receipt forfuture reference which you may have to provide to show that your application was received.When is the closing date for applications?You must return your form by Friday 24 October 2008.53


TRANSFER TO THE NEXT STAGE OF EDUCATIONWhat happens if I send my application in after this date?We will treat all forms returned after 24 October 2008 as late applications and they will beprocessed after all the forms received on time. This may affect the offer of a place at yourpreferred school.If your application is late for an exceptional reason, for example, you have just moved into thearea, it will be accepted up until 30 January 2009, but please let us know the reason.Otherwise late applications will be considered for any remaining places after the allocationperiod has ended on 30 January 2009.What if I change my mind after I have handed in the preference form?Please consider your preferences carefully as it will not be possible to make changes after theclosing date of 24 October 2008, unless there is a genuine reason for doing so.You can get advice about changing your preferences. Telephone the School Admissions andTransfers Team on 0191 277 7428 or email admissions.education@newcastle.gov.ukApplications to change your preferred school(s) should be confirmed in writing.If you have applied on-line, you may change your preference at any time until the closing date,24 October 2008. If you change or amend your preference on-line it is essential that youresubmit your application.If you have submitted your application by email, then emailadmissions.education@newcastle.gov.uk again with your new preference, with the subject ofyour email ‘changed preference’.When will I find out the result of my application?You will be notified in writing of the result of your application on Monday 2 nd March 2009.If you are a Newcastle resident we will let you know about your offer even if it is for a schooloutside of Newcastle.If you are resident in another Local Authority area then your home Authority will notify you ofyour offer, even if it is for a place in a Newcastle school.What can I do if I do not get a place in my preferred school?We will always try to offer you a place at your preferred school. If we are unable to do so, wewill allocate you a place at the next highest ranked school you nominated where your child iseligible for a place.If we are unable to offer you a place at any of your preferred schools then we will offer you aplace at the nearest (measured straight line distance) Community school to your homeaddress, with a vacancy and also send you a list of alternative schools with available places.You have the right of appeal to an independent panel whose decision is binding. You can finddetails of the appeals procedure on page 27 of this handbook.54


TRANSFER TO THE NEXT STAGE OF EDUCATIONIf your child has a statement of Special Educational Needs, any appeal has to be to the SpecialNeeds Tribunal. Contact the Special Educational Needs Development and AdministrationTeam on 0191 2774650 for further information.Will my child’s name be kept on a waiting list for my preferred school if a place is notoffered?Yes. If you are refused a place at a school because there were more applicants than availableplaces, your child’s name will be kept on a waiting list. If a place becomes available, it will beoffered to the applicant on the waiting list who ranks highest in accordance with the publishedadmissions criteria.Important informationApplications for admission after the date of allocation and after the acceptance period will alsobe placed on the waiting list in the position of their ranking according to the published criteria.No priority is given on the waiting list in relation to the date the application form is received.This means that a child whose name is on the waiting list can be moved down if another lateapplication is received that has higher priority by reference to the admission criteria.We will keep waiting lists for Community schools until the official start of the Autumn Term inSeptember 2009. From this date the Local Authority will pass waiting lists to individual schools.Please check the arrangements of other Authorities if you are going to apply for a place outsideNewcastle.Will I need to let you know that I am accepting the place?You have until Friday 13 March 2009 to accept the place. If you do not respond by this datethen the offer may be withdrawn.If I am offered a place in a school, can that offer be withdrawn?The offer of a place can be withdrawn if information supplied by you on your application isintentionally misleading or fraudulent. If the school is over-subscribed you may be required toprovide proof of your child’s home address. An offer may also be withdrawn if you do notaccept the place within the stated time.What should I do if I make alternative arrangements for my child?You should let us know if you arrange a place for your child in an independent or private schoolor City Technology College.If we have also offered you a place, please let us know so that we can offer your school placeto another child.55


TRANSFER TO THE NEXT STAGE OF EDUCATIONWhere can I get advice and help with completing my form?If you need any help or advice about the admissions process you can contact the SchoolAdmissions & Transfers Team on 0191 2777428 or emailadmissions.education@newcastle.gov.uk. You can also call at the Customer Service Centreon the ground floor of the Civic Centre. The opening times are 08.30am to 04.30pm Mondayto Friday.If you need guidance about the admission criteria for a particular Voluntary Aided school youshould contact the school directly. Section 5 of this handbook lists all schools with theircontact details. Section 7 includes the admission policies of VA Secondary schools inNewcastle.Other Local Authorities – school admissions contact numbers for advice about admissionto schools in neighbouring Local AuthoritiesGateshead 0191 4332775North Tyneside 0191 2005020Northumberland 01670 534162South Tyneside 0191 4277746School Choice AdviceThe school choice advice service offers independent help and support to parents or carers ofchildren moving between primary and secondary school.The School Choice Adviser can offer support such as:• How the admission system works• Travel to school information• School performance information• School profile information• Assistance with completing the school place application form• How the appeals system worksFor further details please contact:Christine ClarkChoice AdviserThe Newcastle Springfield CentreOff Blakelaw RoadNewcastle upon TyneNE3 3HUTelephone 0191 2774462Mobile 07775800763Fax 0191 2774429Email christine.clark@newcastle.gov.uk56


TRANSFER TO THE NEXT STAGE OF EDUCATIONAdmissions Policy for Transfer to Newcastle Community Middle,Secondary, and High Schools and Excelsior AcademyYour child will be able to go to your preferred school unless there are more applications tothat school than there are places available.Each preference is considered and if there are more applications than places available thefollowing oversubscription criteria will be used (in the order shown below) to allocate placesafter any children with a statement of special educational needs where the statement names aspecific school:1. Children in public care (looked-after children).2. Where the child attends a designated 'feeder' school.3. Where the child who does not attend a designated 'feeder' school will have a brother orsister in attendance at the school at the date of admission.4. Where the child has a special medical condition. A medical certificate is required if theapplication is to be considered on this basis and will be referred to the Health Authorityfor consideration – the authority must be satisfied that there is a specified medicalreason which makes attendance at that particular school essential.5. The measure of the straight-line distance from the school to the home address of thechild. Available places will be allocated to those applicants living nearest to the school.If there are insufficient places available for all applicants, applications will be ranked accordingto these oversubscription criteria, the final deciding factor being the distance from home toschool. Places will be offered to applicants ranked highest.Important – proof of addressIf you are offered a place at an oversubscribed school, you will be asked to provide proof ofyour address.If you do not do so when asked or if you supply information that is fraudulent or intentionallymisleading then the Local Authority has the right to withdraw any offer of a school place.An offer may also be withdrawn if you do not accept the offer by 13 March 2009.57


TRANSFER TO THE NEXT STAGE OF EDUCATIONAdmission to Voluntary AidedRoman Catholic Secondary SchoolsThe governing body of each school determines the admission policy for its school.The Local Authority will, on behalf of the governing body, offer a place to you at whichever ofthe schools you ranked highest, for which your child is eligible.Important informationAttending a Roman Catholic primary school does not automatically include the right of transferto a Roman Catholic secondary school.Roman Catholic Secondary SchoolsWhen considering applications, Roman Catholic secondary schools will give priority to baptisedRoman Catholic children from Roman Catholic feeder primary schools in the school’scatchment area. The admission policies for all three Roman Catholic Secondary Schools inNewcastle are included in Section 7 of this handbook.Voluntary Aided Admission Rights of AppealIf you are refused admission to any school you have the right of appeal to an independentpanel. Details of the appeals process will be available from the school.58


TRANSFER TO THE NEXT STAGE OF EDUCATIONAdmission to 6th Form in Newcastle Community SchoolsApplications for Year 12 and transfer from Year 11All Community Secondary and High schools and Excelsior Academy in Newcastle providecourses of study for post 16 (6 th form) students. The majority of 6 th form students transfer fromyear 11 in their current school, but all schools have places available for external students.The entry requirements for 6 th form are largely dependent on the course of study that a studentwishes to access. They are the same for internal and external students.In general, students wishing to access Advanced Level courses must possess a minimum of 4GCSEs at grade C. To access Intermediate Level courses, some GCSE passes at grade D/Eand/or appropriate Level 1 qualification(s) are required. There are no specific qualificationsrequired for entry to Foundation Level courses.Details of specific entry requirements and courses available may be obtained from individualschools. All schools publish information about their post-16 provision. Contact details andwebsite links are given in Section 5 of this handbook.Applicants refused admission to a 6 th form are entitled to appeal to an independent appealspanel.Admission to 6th Form in Voluntary Aided (Church) SchoolsThe governing body of each school determines the admission policy for its school. Pleasecheck with the school about admission to their 6 th form.59


2008 TRANSFERS The number of applications received for each Community school and the number of places offeredas at 01/03/2008Allocation criteria (in order of priority)Middle schoolsAdmissionnumberParentalpreferencesNo. ofapplicationsNo. ofoffersSchool mentioned instatement of specialeducational needsChild in publiccareFeeder Sibling MedicalconditionGosforth Central 126 1 st preference 141 126 1 98 8 19Middle 2 nd preference 1153 rd preference 6Total no. of applications 262 Total offers 126DistanceGosforth East 116 1 st preference 120 113 110 1 2Middle 2 nd preference 63 2 1 13 rd preference 40 1 1Total no. of applications 223 Total offers 116Gosforth Junior 118 1 st preference 54 54 2 44 2 6High 2 nd preference 20 7 73 rd preference 52 5 3 2Total no. of applications 126 Total offers 6660


2008 TRANSFERS The number of applications received for each Community school and the number of places offeredas at 01/03/2008Secondary and highschoolsAdmissionnumberParentalpreferencesNo. ofapplicationsNo. ofoffersSchool mentioned instatement of specialeducational needsAllocation criteria (in order of priority)Child in public Feeder Sibling MedicalcareConditionAll Saints CE 180 1 st preference 88 88 3 2 63 15 5College 2 nd preference 125 10 4 63 rd preference 52Total no. of applications 265 Total offers 98DistanceBenfield School 207 1 st preference 132 132 5 1 74 22 302 nd preference 238 10 3 1 63 rd preference 56 1 1Total no. of applications 426 Total offers 143Heaton Manor 310 1 st preference 332 300 1 1 280 7 11School 2 nd preference 157 9 4 53 rd preference 188 1 1Total no. of applications 677 Total offers 310Kenton 342 1 st preference 370 327 3 4 264 24 32Technology College 2 nd preference 164 13 8 53 rd preference 87 2 1 1Total no. of applications 621 Total offers 34261


2008 TRANSFERS The number of applications received for each Community school and the number of places offeredas at 01/03/2008Allocation Criteria (in order of priority)Secondary and highschoolsAdmissionnumberParentalpreferencesNo. ofapplicationsNo. ofoffersSchool mentioned instatement of specialeducational needsChild in publiccareFeeder Sibling MedicalconditionWalbottle Campus 330 1 st preference 247 247 2 215 8 222 nd preference 123 22 10 123 rd preference 66 9 7 2Total no. of applications 436 Total offers 278DistanceWalker 252 1 st preference 185 185 5 1 134 12 33Technology College 2 nd preference 74 4 1 2 13 rd preference 58 2 2Total no. of applications 317 Total offers 191Excelsior Academy 300 1 st preference 178 178 1 163 5 92 nd preference 61 15 153 rd preference 59 15 14 1Total no. of applications 298 Total offers 208Gosforth High 370 1 st preference 347 347 5 2 319 6 15School 2 nd preference 17 4 3 13 rd preference 2Total no. of applications 366 Total offers 35162


SECTION 5COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY AIDED SCHOOLS IN NEWCASTLEINFORMATION AND CONTACT DETAILS63


NurserySchools3 – 5 yearsContact Headteacher Number of fulltimeNurseryPlacesAdditionalInformationAshfieldElswick RoadNE4 6JRDfES No; 10000191 273 5587Fax; 0191 273 4022Emailadmin@ashfield.newcastle.sch.ukanne.stoker@ashfield.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.ashfield.newcastle.sch.ukwww.ashfield.newcastle.sch.ukMs A Stoker 104Enviro SchoolAtkinson RoadAtkinson RoadNE4 8XTDfES No; 10020191 273 3368Fax; 0191 273 9853Emailadmin@atkinsonroad-nur.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitekwww.atkinsonrd-nur.newcastle.sch.ukMrs KHearnden104 Enviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubHoliday ClubMonkchesterRoadMonkchesterRoadNE6 2LJDfES No;1005Newburn ManorTownfieldGardensNewburnNE15 8PYDfES No; 10040191 265 4579Fax; 0191 265 0905Emailadmin@monkchesterroad.newcastle.sch.ukann.humble@monkchesterroad.newcatle.sch.ukWebsitewww.monkchesterroad.newcastle.sch.uk0191 277 4180 Fax; 0191 277 4182Emailadmin@newburnmanor-nur.newcastle.sch.ukcelia.skillbeck@newburnmanor-nur.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.newburnmanor-nur.newcastle.sch.ukMs A Humble 104 Breakfast ClubAfter School ClubMs C Skilbeck 78 Enviro School64


Community Primary Education and Childcare0-11 years Contact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhichpupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationBridgewaterDelaval RoadNE15 6NL0191 274 5290Fax; 0191 274 5290/2753296Mrs JHarbottle(Acting)149 30 ExcelsiorAcademyEarly Years AssessmentARCAge range 3-7DfES No; 2210Emailadmin@bridgewater.newcastle.sch.ukMrs S RobsonTo start inJanuary 2009Childcare Centre60 places for 3 yr olds48 places for 2 1/2 - 3 yr olds12 places fro 1-2 yr olds6 places for 0-1 yr old65


Early YearsCentresContact Headteacher Age Range Number of fulltimeNursery PlacesCruddas ParkEarly YearsCentreBrunel TerraceNE4 7NLWalkergateEarly YearsCentreShields RoadNE6 4XW0191 273 6682Fax; 0191 272 1232Emailadmin@cruddaspark.newcastle.sch.ukkatrina.fenwick@cruddaspark.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.cruddaspark.newcastle.sch.uk0191 263 2411Fax; 0191 263 1219Emailadmin@walkergate-nur.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.walkergate-nur.newcastle.sch.ukMs K Fenwick 2 - 5 years 90Mrs D Teasdale 3 - 5 years 10466


First Schools4 – 9 yearsArchibaldArchibaldStreetGosforthNE3 1EBDfES No;2001BroadwayEastBroadway EastGosforthNE3 5JQDfES No;2006Contact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 20080191 285 1957Fax; 0191 285 1957Email admin@archibald.newcastle.sch.ukjackie.joicey@archibald.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.archibald.newcastle.sch.uk0191 285 5141Fax; 0191 284 9507Email admin@broadway.newcastl.sch.ukjulie.adde@broadway.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.newcastle-schools.org.uk/broadwayeastIntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationMiss J Joicey 290 60 Gosforth Junior High + nursery class of26 placesEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubMrs J Adde 228 45 Gosforth East Middle Enviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubBrunton FirstSchoolNewcastleGreat ParkDfES No;3875DinningtonSycamoreAvenueDinningtonVillageNE13 7JYDfES No;2000Due to open in Sep 2009It is anticipated that Brunton First School willopen with a single form entry (30 places)01661 822457Fax; 01661 820 322Emailadmin@dinnington.newcastle.sch.ukallyson.farrar@dinnington.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.dinnington.newcastle.sch.ukMs G McKay 30 Gosforth Junior HighMrs A Farrar 141 30 Gosforth East Middle + nursery class of26 placesEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubHoliday Club67


First Schools4 – 9 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationGosforth ParkGranville RoadGosforthNE3 5JQDfES No;20050191 285 2559Fax; 0191 213 5694Emailadmin@gosforthpark.newcastle.sch.uksarojini.saravanamuttuhogg@gosforthpark.newcastle.sch.ukMrs Jini Sara 216 45 Gosforth East Middle + nursery class of26 placesEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubHoliday ClubGrangeNorham RoadGosforthNE3 2NPDfES No;20090191 285 2954Fax; 0191 285 8271Emailadmin@grange.newcastle.sch.ukstephen.easton@grange.newcastle.sch.ukMr S Easton 145 30 Gosforth CentralMiddle+ nursery class of26 placesEnviro SchoolRegent FarmWansbeckRoad SouthNE3 3PEDfES No;20030191 285 2294Fax; 0191 285 2294Emailadmin@regentfarm.newcastle.sch.ukjean.humphrey@regentfarm.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.regentfarm.newcastle.sch.ukMrs JHumphrey195 60 Gosforth Junior High Visual ImpairmentARCAge range 3-9+ nursery class of26 placesEnviro SchoolAfter School ClubHoliday Club68


First Schools4 – 9 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationSouthGosforthAlnmouth DriveSouth GosforthNE3 1YFDfES No;20020191 285 3453Fax; 0191 285 3453Emailadmin@southgosforth.newcastle.sch.ukpeter.coles@southgosforth.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.southgosforth.newcastle.sch.ukMr P R Coles 222 45 Gosforth CentralMiddleEnviro SchoolAfter School Clubat St CharlesParish CentreChurch of England First SchoolsFirst Schools 4- 9 YearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationArchbishopRuncieChriston RoadGosforthNE3 1USDfES No; 34710191 285 2663Fax; 0191 285 3098Emailadmin@archbishop.newcastle.sch.ukjulie.robson@archbishop.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.archbishop.newcastle.sch.ukMrs J Robson 148 30 Gosforth CentralMiddle+ nursery class of26 placesEnviro SchoolAfter School Club69


MiddleSchools9 – 13 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSep2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationGosforthCentralGreat NorthRoadGosforthNE3 1UNDfES No;41900191 285 1793Fax; 0191 255 2123Emailadmin@gosforthcent.newcastle.sch.uklorna.anderson@gosforthcent.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.gosforthcent.newcastle.sch.ukMs LAnderson502 126 GosforthHighAfter School ClubGosforth EastHarewoodRoadGosforthNE3 5JTDfES No;43050191 285 5445Fax; 0191 213 0492Emailadmin@gosfortheast.newcastle.sch.ukgeoff.oliver@gosfortheast.newcastle.sch.ukMr G H Oliver 464 116 GosforthHighGosforthJunior HighJubilee RoadGosforthNE3 1DYDfES No;43030191 285 3060Fax; 0191 285 5189Emailadmin@gosforthjunior.newcastle.sch.ukkathryn.thomas@gosforthjunior.newcastle.sch.ukMrs KThomas380 118 GosforthHighVisual ImpairmentARCAge range 9-13Enviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School Club70


High School13 – 18 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009Schools fromwhich pupilstransferAdditionalInformationGosforthKnightsbridgeGosforthNE3 2JHDfES No;44290191 285 10000191 285 8039Fax; 0191 213 2068Emailadmin@gosforthhigh.newcastle.sch.ukhugh.robinson@gosforthhigh.newcastle.sch.ukMr HRobinson1101(Incl. 6thform)360 Gosforth Junior HighGosforth CentralMiddleGosforthEast MiddleVisual ImpairmentARCAge range13-16+Websitewww.gosforthhigh.newcastle.sch.uk71


PrimarySchools4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationAtkinson RoadAtkinson RoadNE4 8XTDfES No;20100191 273 0452Fax; 0191 272 5192Emailadmin@atkinsonrd.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.newcastle-schools.org.uk/atkinsonrdMrs A O’Neill 350 60 Excelsior Academy Speech andLanguage ARCAge range 5-11CommunicationDisorder ARCAge range 3-11Enviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubHoliday ClubBeech HillLinhope RoadWesterhopeNE5 2LWDfES No;2004Benton ParkCorchesterWalkNE7 7SSDfES No;20500191 267 8113Fax; 0191 264 1240Emailadmin@beechhill.newcastle.sch.uknicola.nelsontaylor@beechhill.newcastle.sch.uk0191 266 5122Fax; 0191 266 8206Emailadmin@bentonpark.newcastle.sch.ukalice.witherow@bentonpark.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.bentonpark.newcastle.sch.ukMs N Nelson-TaylorMiss AWitherow252 42 All SaintsCollege218 45 HeatonManor+ nursery classof 39 placesEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubHoliday Club atFarneHearing ImpairmentARCAge range 3-11+ nursery unitof 39 placesEnviro School72


PrimarySchools4-11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationBridgewaterDelaval RoadNE15 6NLDfES No; 22100191 274 5290Fax; 0191 2753296Emailadmin@bridgewater.newcastle.sch.ukMrs JHarbottle(Acting)Mrs S RobsonTo start inJanuary 2009149 30 Excelsior Academy Early YearsAssessmentARCAge range 3-7Childcare Centre60 places for 3 yrolds48 places for 2 ½ -3 yr olds12 places for 1-2 yrolds6 places for 0-1 yroldBroadwoodBroadwoodRoadNE15 7TBDfES No; 2225BykerCommercialRoadNE6 2ATDfES No; 20320191 274 1684Fax; 0191 274 7992Emailadmin@broadwood.newcastle.sch.ukmarcustinsley.broadwood.newcastle.sch.uk0191 265 6906Fax; 0191 265 6909Emailadmin@byker.newcastle.sch.uklinda.bradley@byker.newcastle.sch.ukMr M Tinsley 200 60 Excelsior Academy Hearing ImpairmentARCAge range 3-11+ Nursery Class of26 placesEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubMrs L Bradley 203 51 Benfield + nursery unitof 52 placesEnviro SchoolAfter School Club73


PrimarySchools4-11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationCanning StreetWellfield RoadNE4 8PADfES No; 20900191 273 5465Fax; 0191 238 6568Emailadmin@canning.newcastle.sch.ukheather.campbell@canning.newcastle.sch.ukMs HCampbell(Acting)387 60 Excelsior Academy + nursery classof 26 placesEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubHoliday Club atAtkinson RoadCheviotYetholm PlaceTrevelyan DriveNE5 4EBDfES No; 20180191 286 9324Fax; 0191 271 4845Emailadmin@cheviot.newcastle.sch.ukeileen.youngs@cheviot.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.newcastle-schools.org.uk/cheviotMrs E Youngs 204 30 All SaintsCollegeEarly YearsAssessment ARCAge range 3-7Emotional/behaviouraldifficulty withlearning difficultyARCAge range 5-11+ nursery unitof 39 placesChillinghamRoadNinth AvenueNE6 5XXDfES No; 21000191 265 5940Fax; 0191 276 2794Emailadmin@chillingham.newcastle.sch.ukkaren.elliott@chillingham.newcastle.sch.ukMrs K Elliott 192 30 HeatonManorEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubHoliday Club+ nursery classof 26 placesEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School Club74


PrimarySchools4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationCragsidePrimaryCragsideNE7 7ELDfES No; 21700191 266 8389Fax; 0191 215 1611Emailadmin@cragside.newcastle.sch.ukmichael.howard@cragside.newcastle.sch.ukMr M Howard 408 60 HeatonManorBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubHoliday Club -some holidaysFarneMarsden LaneNewbiggin HallNE5 4APDfES No; 20270191 286 0268Fax; 0191 286 0268Emailadmin@farne.newcastle.sch.ukliz.simpson@farne.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.farne.digitalbrain.comMrs LSimpson203 30 All SaintsCollege+ Nursery Unitof 26 placesEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubHoliday Club75


PrimarySchools4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationHawthornPark CloseNE4 6SBDfES No; 20800191 273 4237Fax; 0191 256 7580Emailadmin@hawthorn.newcastle.sch.ukjudy.cowgill@hawthorn.newcastle.sch.ukMrs J Cowgill 166 30 Excelsior Academy Emotional/behaviouraldifficulty withlearning difficultyARCAge range 5-11Enviro SchoolAfter School ClubHoliday ClubHiltonHilton AvenueNE5 3RNDfES No; 23500191 286 9297Fax; 0191 286 4026Emailadmin@hilton.newcastle.sch.ukshirley.davison@hilton.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.newcastle-schools.org.uk/hiltonMrs S DavisonActing HeadMiss A TaylorAsso D HeadMiss CCroucherActing DepHead357 60 Kenton + nursery unitof 52 placesEnviro SchoolHotspurMowbray StreetNE6 5PADfES No; 29980191 276 2762Fax; 0191 224 2476Emailadmin@hotspur.newcastle.sch.ukmiles.clarke@hotspur.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.hotspur.newcastle.sch.ukMr M Clarke 301 60 HeatonManor+ nursery unitof 39 placesEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubHoliday Club76


PrimarySchools4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationKenton BarRyal WalkNE3 3YFDfES No; 2995Kingston ParkCranleighAvenueNE3 2ELDfES No; 2996Knop LawHillheadParkwayNE5 1LHDfES No; 20160191 286 0536Fax; 0191 286 2287Emailadmin@kentonbar.newcastle.sch.uktony.leonard@kentonbar.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.kentonbar.newcastle.sch.uk0191 214 0363Fax; 0191 271 3244Emailadmin@kingstonpk.newcastle.sch.ukjudy.evans@kingstonpk.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.kingstonpk.newcastle.sch.uk0191 267 4453Fax; 0191 267 7683Emailadmin@knoplaw.newcastle.sch.ukpauline.dutton@knoplaw.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.knoplaw.newcastle.sch.ukMr A Leonard 215 45 Kenton CommunicationDisorder ARCAge range 3-11+ nursery classof 26 placesAfter School ClubHoliday ClubMrs J I Evans 403 60 Kenton Physical DisabilityARCAge range 3-11+ Nursery Unitof 26 placesEnviro SchoolMrs P Dutton 383 60 Walbottle Campus Enviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubHoliday Club77


PrimarySchools4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationLemingtonRiversideRokeby StreetNE15 8RRDfES No; 20300191 267 4315Fax; 0191 264 8161Emailadmin@lemingtonriverside.newcastle.sch.uksusan.hall@lemingtonriverside.newcastle.sch.ukMrs S Hall 143 45 All SaintsCollegeOr WalbottleCampusEnviro SchoolAfter School ClubWebsitewww.lemingtonriverside.newcastle.sch.ukMilecastleHillheadParkwayNE5 1LHDfES No; 20170191 267 4510Fax; 0191 267 3823Emailadmin@milecastle.newcastle.sch.uklynn.rae@milecastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.milecastle.newcastle.sch.ukMrs L Rae 212 54 Walbottle Campus Enviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubHoliday Club78


PrimarySchools4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationMoorsideBeaconsfieldStreetNE4 5AWDfES No; 2999019 272 0239Fax; 0191 226 1635Emailadmin@moorside.newcastle.sch.ukj.foster@moorside.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.moorside.newcastle.sch.ukMs J E Foster 378 60 Excelsior Academy + nursery unitof 39 placesEnviro SchoolAfter School ClubHoliday Club79


PrimarySchool4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationMountfieldKirkwood DriveNE3 3ATDfES No; 24620191 285 3793Fax; 0191 285 3025Emailadmin@mountfield.newcastle.sch.ukdavid.atkinson@mountfield.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.mountfield.newcastle.sch.ukMr D Atkinson 168 30 Kenton + nursery unitof 26 placesEnviro SchoolAfter School ClubHoliday ClubNewburnManorTownfieldGardensNE15 8PYDfES No; 20130191 267 4533Fax; 0191 277 4182Emailadmin@newburnmanorprimary.newcastle.sch.ukjanemcfadyen@newburnmanorprimary.newcastle.sch.ukMs JMcFadyen190 30 Walbottle Campus Enviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubHoliday ClubNorth FawdonBrotherleeRoadNE3 2SLDfES No; 23000191 285 1350Fax; 0191 226 8661Emailadmin@northfawdon.newcastle.sch.uklorraine.alexander@northfawdon.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.northfawdon.newcastle.sch.ukMrs LAlexander127 30 Kenton Early YearsAssessmentARCAge range 4-7+ nursery unitof 26 places80


PrimarySchools4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationRavenswoodRavenswoodRoadNE6 5TUDfES No; 26700191 265 9599Fax; 0191 276 2024Emailadmin@ravenswood.newcastle.sch.ukpauline.summerhill@ravenswood.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.ravenswood.newcastle.sch.ukMrs PSummerhill479 82 HeatonManor+ nursery unitof 30 placesEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubSimonsideBedeburn RoadNE5 4LGDfES No; 20210191 286 0776Fax; 0191 271 6790Emailadmin@simonside.newcastle.sch.ukkath.held@simonside.newcastle.sch.ukMrs K HeldFrom Jan2009Ms J Sutton168 45 All SaintsCollege+ nursery unitof 52 placesEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubHoliday ClubSt John’sTeindlandCloseNE4 8HEDfES No; 27200191 273 5293Fax; 0191 273 0651Emailadmin@stjohns.newcastle.sch.ukjulia.bayes@stjohns.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.stjohns.newcastle.sch.ukMrs J Bayes 156 30 Excelsior Academy + nursery unitof 26 placesEnviro School81


PrimarySchools4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationStocksfieldAveSt. Cuthbert’sRdNE5 2DQDfES No; 27350191 274 8434Fax; 0191 274 9022Emailadmin@stocksfield.newcastle.sch.ukgill.pritchard@stocksfield.newcastle.sch.ukMrs GPritchard418 60 Kenton + nursery class of39 placesEnviro SchoolWebsitewww.stocksfield.newcastle.sch.ukThomasWallingLindfieldAvenueNE5 3PLDfES No; 28900191 286 0333Fax; 0191 286 0333Emailadmin@walling.newcastle.sch.ukMrs J Scott 301 45 Kenton + nursery class of26 placesEnviro SchoolThrockleyPrimaryHexham RoadNE15 9DYDfES No; 20120191 267 5311Fax; 0191 264 2204Emailadmin@throckleyprim.newcastle.sch.ukcolin.lofthouse@throckleyprim.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.throckleyprim.newcastle.sch.ukMr CLofthouse178 45 Walbottle Campus + nursery class of26 placesEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School Club82


PrimarySchools4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationTyneviewPrimaryWinslow Place(Off Titan Road)NE6 3QPDfES No; 22500191 262 6227Fax: 0191 262 0224Emailadmin@tyneview.newcastle.sch.ukstephen.gittins@tyneview.newcastle.sch.ukMr S Gittins(Acting)156 30 Walker TechnologyCollegeCommunicationDisorder ARCAge range 3-11+ nursery classof 26 placesWebsitewww.tyneview.newcastle.sch.ukAfter School ClubHoliday ClubWalbottleVillagePrimaryGreen LaneNE15 8JLDfES No; 2014WalkergatePrimarySutton StreetNE6 4SDDfES No; 28800191 267 5320Fax; 0191 264 0067Emailadmin@walbottlevillage.newcastle.sch.ukmaria.tarn@walbottlevillage.newcastle.sch.uk0191 265 5737Fax; 0191 265 0580Emailadmin@walketrgateprim.newcastle.sch.ukdon.smith@walkergateprim.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.walkergateprim.newcastle.sch.ukMrs M Tarn 99 20 Walbottle Campus + nursery class of26 placesEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubMr D F Smith 452 90 Benfield Enviro School83


PrimarySchools4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationWaverleyMaple CloseNE15 7QZDfES No; 20200191 267 4549Fax; 0191 229 1009Emailadmin@waverley.newcastle.sch.ukglynis.hyde@waverley.newcastle.sch.ukMrs G Hyde 294 45 Walbottle Campus orAll Saints+ nursery class of26 placesEnviro SchoolWebsitewww.waverley.newcastle.sch.ukWelbeckFlodden StreetNE6 2QLDfES No; 29000191 265 5362/265 0353Fax; 0191 276 4478Emailadmin@welbeck.newcastle.sch.ukbarrie.russell@welbeck.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.welbeck.newcastle.sch.ukMr B Russell 456 75 Walker TechnologyCollegeSpeech andLanguageARCAge range 5-11+ nursery classof 26 placesEnviro SchoolAfter School ClubHoliday ClubWesterhopeHillhead RoadNE5 1NEDfES No; 20310191 267 4750Fax; 0191 267 5430Emailadmin@westerhope.newcastle.sch.ukjo.warner@westerhope.newcastle.sch.ukMs J Warner 389 60 Walbottle Campus + nursery unitof 39 placesEnviro School84


PrimarySchools4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationWestgate HillWestgate RoadNE4 6NYDfES No; 29100191 273 5742Fax; 0191 272 4463Emailadmin@westgatehill.newcastle.sch.ukmargaret.millar@westgatehill.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.westgatehill.newcastle.sch.ukMs M Millar 333 60 Excelsior Academy + nursery unitof 39 placesEnviro SchoolWest DentonHillhead RoadNE5 1DNDfES No; 20150191 267 4211Fax; 0191 267 4211Emailadmin@westdenton.newcastle.sch.uk Emailsarah.knowles@westdenton.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.westdenton.newcastle.sch.ukMrs SKnowles260 45 All Saints orWalbottle Campus+ nursery class of26 placesAfter School ClubHoliday ClubWest JesmondTankervilleTerraceNE2 3AJDfES No; 20330191 281 0000Fax; 0191 281 3217Emailoffice@westjesmond.newcastle.sch.ukvlyons@westjesmond.newcastle.sch.ukMrs V Lyons 569 90 HeatonManorEnviro SchoolAfter School ClubWebsitewww.westjesmond.newcastle.sch.uk85


PrimarySchools4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationWest WalkerChurch StreetNE6 3XBDfES No; 29400191 262 4130Fax; 0191 295 0019Emailadmin@westwalker.newcastle.sch.uknicola.draper@westwalker.newcastle.sch.ukMrs. N Draper 185 40 Walker TechnologyCollegeEmotional/behaviouraldifficulty withlearning difficultyARCAge range 5-11Websitewww.newcastle-schools.org/westwalker/+ nursery unitof 26 placesAfter School ClubHoliday ClubWharrier St.Wharrier StreetNE6 3EYDfES No; 29500191 265 5743Fax; 0191 276 2669Emailadmin@wharrier.newcastle.sch.ukbernadette.doherty@wharrier.newcastle.sch.ukMrs B ADoherty262 60 Walker TechnologyCollege+ nursery classof 26 placesAfter School ClubWingroveHadrian RoadNE4 9HNDfES No; 29600191 273 5466Fax; 0191 273 5466Emailadmin@wingrove.newcastle,sch.ukdenise.harland@wingrove.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.wingrove.newcastle.sch.ukMrs D Harland 388 60 Excelsior Academy + nursery classof 26 placesEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School Club86


PrimarySchools4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationWyndhamWyndsail PlaceNE3 4QPDfES No; 29900191 285 3895Fax; 0191 226 8875Emailadmin@wyndham.newcastle.sch.ukbarbara.redhead@wyndham.newcastle.sch.ukMrs BRedhead219 30 Kenton + nursery classof 26 placesEnviro School87


SecondarySchools11 – 18 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009Schools fromwhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationWalbottleCampusHexham Road(inc 6th form)NE15 9TPDfES No; 44300191 267 8221Fax; 0191 264 6025Emailadmin@walbottlecampus.newcastle.sch.ukmike.booth@walbottlecampus.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.walbottlecampus.newcastle.sch.ukMr M Booth 1466(excl. 6thform)330 KnoplawMilecastleNewburnManorThrockleyWalbottle PrimaryWaverleyWesterhopeWest DentonEnviro SchoolWalkerTechnologyCollegeMiddle StreetNE6 4BYDfES No; 44500191 262 0911/4Fax; 0191 263 6758Emailadmin@walker.newcastle.sch.uksteve.gater@walker.newcastle.sch.ukMr S Gater 1077(excl. 6thform)252 TyneviewWelbeckWest WalkerWharrier StreetSt Anthony’sEnviro SchoolWebsitewww.walker.newcastle.sch.ukExcelsiorAcademyDenton RoadNE15 6AF0191 275 3752Fax; 0191 274 4405Emailenquiries@excelsiornewcastle.org.ukphilomena.marshall@excelsiornewcastle.org.ukWebsitewww.excelsiornewcastle.org.ukMs P. Marshall 1214(excl. 6 thform)300 Atkinson RoadBroadwoodCanning StreetBridgewaterHawthornMoorsideSt JohnsWestgate HillWingroveSt Paul’sEnviro School89


Church ofEnglandPrimarySchools4-11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School towhich pupilsnormallytransferAdditionalInformationChrist ChurchShieldfieldGreenNE2 1XADfES No; 33210191 232 8054Fax; 0191 233 1828Emailadmin@christchurch.newcastle.sch.uksandra.furno@christchurch.newcastle.sch.ukMrs S Furno 74 20 HeatonManor+ nursery classof 26 placesWebsitewww.christchurch.newcastle.sch.ukSt Anthony'sPottery BankNE6 3SUDfES No; 34700191 278 2035Fax; 0191 265 5109Emailadmin@stanthonys.newcastle.sch.ukEmailjulie.kadleck@stanthonys.newcastle.sch.ukMrs J Kadleck 125 30 Walker TechnologyCollege+ nursery unitof 26 placesEnviro SchoolAfter School ClubHoliday ClubSt Paul'sVictoria StreetNE4 7JUDfES No; 34850191 273 3667Fax; 0191 273 2584Emailadmin@stpauls.newcastle.sch.ukjudith.sword@stpauls.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.stpauls.newcastle.sch.ukMrs J Sword 236 35 Excelsior Academy + nursery classof 26 placesEnviro School90


Church ofEnglandSecondarySchool11 - 18 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009Schools fromwhich pupilstransferAdditionalInformationAll SaintsChurch ofEnglandOff WestDenton WayNE5 2SZDfES No; 45000191 267 7036Fax; 0191 229 0038Emailadmin@allsaints.newcastle.sch.ukdavid.scott@allsaints.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.allsaints.newcastle.sch.ukMr D Scott 770(excl. 6thform)180 Beech HillCheviotFarneLemingtonSimonsideWaverleyWest Denton91


RomanCatholicPrimarySchools4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School (s) towhich catholicpupils normallytransferAdditionalInformationEnglishMartyrs’Netherby DriveNE5 2RTDfES No; 36500191 274 7463Fax; 0191 274 9197Emailadmin@englishmartyrs.newcastle.sch.ukMrs D Kendall 423 60 St.Cuthbert's orSacred Heart+ nursery classof 26 placesdenise.kendall@englishmartyrs.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.englishmartyrs.newcastle.sch.ukOur Lady andSt Anne'sSummerhillTerraceNE4 6EBDfES No; 37990191 232 5496Fax; 0191 230 3511Emailadmin@ourlady.newcastle.sch.ukmichael.o’brien@ourlady.newcastle.sch.ukMr M O’Brien 206 30 St.Cuthbert's orSacred Heart+ nursery classof 26 placesEnviro SchoolAfter School ClubHoliday ClubWebsitewww.ourlady.newcastle.sch.ukSacred HeartConvent RoadNE4 9XZDfES No; 36620191 274 6695Fax; 0191 274 8737Emailkevin.foster@sacredhprim.newcastle.sch.ukMr K Foster 210 30 St.Cuthbert's orSacred HeartEnviro School92


RomanCatholicPrimarySchools4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School (s) towhich catholicpupils normallytransferAdditionalInformationSt Alban’sWestbourneAvenueNE6 4HQDfES No; 38740191 262 5552Fax; 0191Emailadmin@stalbans.newcastle.sch.ukmike.donnelly@stalbans.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.stalbans.newcastle.sch.ukMr M Donnelly 202 30 St Mary’s + nursery classof 26 placesBreakfast ClubAfter school ClubHoliday ClubSt Bede’sHowlett HallRoadNE15 7HSDfES No; 37620191 274 3430Fax; 0191 274 7919Emailadmin@stbedes.newcastle.sch.ukmichael.scurr@stbedes.newcastle.sch.ukMr M Scurr 217 30 St.Cuthbert’s orSacred HeartEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter school ClubSt Catherine’sGreystokeGardensNE2 1PSDfES No; 37780191 232 6803Fax; 0191 233 2259Emailadmin@stcatherines.newcastle.sch.ukmichael.ewing@stcatherines.newcastle.sch.ukMr M Ewing 191 30 St Mary’s + nursery classof 65 placesEnviro SchoolBreakfastAfter School ClubHoliday Club atHeaton Nursery93


RomanCatholicPrimarySchools4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School (s) towhich catholicpupils normallytransferAdditionalInformationSt Charles’Regent FarmRoadNE3 3HEDfES No; 34720191 285 2553Fax; 0191 284 0690Emailadmin@stcharles.newcastle.sch.ukvicky.lindsay@stcharles.newcastle.sch.ukMrs V Lindsay 206 30 St.Cuthbert's orSacred HeartEnviro SchoolSt Cuthbert's(Kenton)Balmain RoadNE3 3QRDfES No; 37650191 286 0129Fax; 0191 286 4076Emailadmin@stcuthbertsk.newcastle.sch.uknick.conway@stcuthbertsk.newcastle.sch.ukMr N Conway 210 30 St.Cuthbert's orSacred Heart+ nursery classof 26 placesEnviro SchoolWebsitewww.stcuthbertsk.newcastle.sch.ukSt Cuthbert's(Walbottle)Green LaneNE15 8JLDfES No; 34760191 267 5956Fax; 0191 267 5956Emailadmin@stcuthbertsw.newcastle.sch.ukMrs D King 112 18 St.Cuthbert's orSacred HeartEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubHoliday Club94


RomanCatholicPrimarySchools4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School (s) towhich catholicpupils normallytransferAdditionalInformationSt George’sBell’s CloseNE15 6XXDfES No; 34750191 267 5677Fax; 0191 267 5677Emailadmin@stgeorges.newcastle.sch.ukchristine.mccullough@stgeorges.newcastle.sch.ukMrs C MMcCullough97 20 St.Cuthbert’s orSacred HeartEnviro SchoolWebsitewww.stgeorges.newcastle.sch.ukSt JohnVianneyHillhead RoadWest DentonNE5 1DNDfES No; 34770191 267 2233Fax; 0191 267 9538Emailadmin@stjohnvianney.newcastle.sch.ukaidan.duffy@stjohnvianney@newcastle.sch.ukMr A Duffy 204 30 St.Cuthbert’s orSacred HeartAfter School ClubHoliday ClubSt Joseph’sArmstrongRoadNE15 6JBDfES No; 37810191 273 9063Fax; 0191 273 9063Emailadmin@stjosephs.newcastle.sch.ukelaine.mathews@stjosephs.newcastle.sch.ukMrs EMatthews169 30 St.Cuthbert’s orSacred Heart+ nursery classof 26 placesEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubHoliday Club95


RomanCatholicPrimarySchools4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School (s) towhich catholicpupils normallytransferAdditionalInformationSt Lawrence'sHeadlam StreetNE6 2JXDfES No; 37920191 265 9881Fax; 0191 265 9806Emailadmin@stlawrences.newcastle.sch.ukb.lamb@stlawrences.newcastle.sch.ukMiss B Lamb 192 30 St Mary’s + nursery classof 26 placesAfter School ClubSt Mark'sBardon CloseNewbiggin HallNE5 4BTDfES No; 34740191 286 9349Fax; 0191 271 5633Emailadmin@stmarks.newcastle.sch.ukalison.miller@stmarks.newcastle.sch.ukMs A Miller 185 30 St.Cuthbert's orSacred HeartEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubHoliday ClubSt Michael'sClumber StreetNorthNE4 7REDfES No; 38110191 273 9383Fax; 0191 273 4637Emailadmin@stmichaels.newcastle.sch.ukmargaret.kerridge@stmichaels.newcastle.sch.ukMrs MKerridge192 30 St.Cuthbert's orSacred Heart+ nursery classof 26 placesAfter School ClubHoliday ClubWebsitewww.stmichaels.newcastle.sch.uk96


RomanCatholicPrimarySchools4 – 11 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009School (s) towhich catholicpupils normallytransferAdditionalInformationSt Oswald'sHartford RoadNE3 5LEDfES No; 34730191 285 2437Fax; 0191 285 2437Emailadmin@stoswalds.newcastle.sch.ukkaren.holmes@stoswalds.newcastle.sch.ukMs K Holmes 208 30 St.Cuthbert's orSacred HeartEnviro SchoolBreakfast ClubAfter School ClubHoliday ClubSt Teresa'sHeaton RoadNE6 5HNDfES No; 38350191 265 5076Fax; 0870 1355225Emailadmin@stteresas.newcastle.sch.ukjohn.harrison@stteresas.newcastle.sch.ukMr J RHarrison212 30 St. Mary's Breakfast ClubAfter School ClubHoliday ClubWebsitewww.stteresas.newcastle.sch.ukSt Vincent'sMonkchesterRoadNE6 2TXDfES No; 38420191 265 5049Fax; 0191 265 6859Emailadmin@stvincents.newcastle.sch.uksister.josepha@stvincents.newcastle.sch.ukSisterJosepha207 30 St. Mary's97


RomanCatholicSecondarySchools11 – 18 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009AdditionalInformationSacred HeartGirls'Fenham HallDriveNE4 9YHDfES No; 47160191 274 7373Fax; 0191 275 1939Emailadmin@sacredheart.newcastle.sch.ukpat.wager@sacredhearthigh.newcastle.sch.ukMrs P Wager 1120(excl. 6thform)225Pupils normally transfer from the following schools for Sacred Heart and St Cuthbert’s Secondary School;English Martyr’s, Our Lady and St. Anne’s, Sacred Heart, St Bede’s, St Charles’, St Cuthbert’s Kenton, St Cuthbert’s Walbottle, St George’s, St JohnVianney, St Joseph’s, St Mark’s, St Michael’s, St Oswald’s.St Cuthbert'sBoys'(Upper)Gretna RoadNE15 7PX(Lower)Fox & HoundsLaneNE15 6LRDfES No; 47150191 274 4510Fax; 0191 274 2545Emailadmin@stcuthbertshigh.newcastle.sch.ukEmailgerard.murphy@stcuthbertshigh.newcastle.sch.uk0191 274 8163Fax; 0191 274 2545Websitewww.stcuthbertshigh.newcastle.sch.ukMr G Murphy 937(excl. 6thform)19098


RomanCatholicSecondarySchools11 – 18 yearsContact Headteacher EstimatedRollSept 2008IntakeSept2009AdditionalInformationSt Mary'sBenton ParkRoadNE7 7PEDfES No; 47140191 266 8813/6Fax; 0191 266 8813Emailadmin@st-marys.newcastle.sch.ukjohn.foster@st-marys.newcastle.sch.ukMr J Foster 691(excl. 6thform)196Websitewww.st-marys.newcastle.sch.ukPupils normally transfer from the following schools for St Mary’s;St Alban’s, St Catherine’s, St Lawrence’s, St Teresa’s, St Vincent’s.PUPIL REFERRAL UNITSchool Address Contact HeadteacherLinhope PupilReferral UnitLinhope RoadNewcastle upon TyneNE5 2LW0191 267 4447Emailjeff.lough@pru.newcastle.sch.ukMr J LoughLinhope is a unit for pupils who are permanently excluded from school as well as other pupils who are potentially close to the point of exclusion.99


ADDITIONALLY RESOURCED CENTRES (ARC) IN MAINSTREAM SCHOOLSAdditionally resourced centres are staffed with teachers, nursery nurses and/or auxiliary assistants to provide individual and small group teaching. A range ofhealth services can provide further support, such as speech therapy and physiotherapy.More information about education for children with special needs is included in Section 2 and Section 6 in this handbook.Early Years AssessmentNature of Provision Schools Age Range Planned PlacesNurture UnitEmotional or behavioural difficulty withlearning difficultyEmotional or behavioural difficulty withlearning difficultySpeech and LanguageCommunication DisorderPhysical Disabilitywith on-site nursing provisionVisual ImpairmentHearing ImpairmentCheviot3-710Bridgewater3-710North Fawdon 4-7 6CheviotHawthornMontaguWest WalkerAtkinson RoadWelbeckKentonAtkinson RoadKenton BarTyneviewKentonKingston ParkBenfieldRegent Farm FirstGosforth Junior HighGosforth HighBroadwoodBenton ParkHeaton Manor1005-115-115-115-115-115-1111-16+3-113-113-1111-16+3-1111-16+3-99-1313-16+3-113-1111-16+6612616168866121212121212121218


SchoolAddressSPECIAL SCHOOLSContactHeadteacherHadrianDfES No; 7034Bertram CrescentNewcastle upon TyneNE15 6PY0191 273 4440Fax; 0191 226 1150Emailadmin@hadrian.newcastle.sch.ukMr C RollandsEnviro SchoolHadrian is a school for pupils between the ages of 2 and 11 years with profound and multiple learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties and associatedphysical disabilities.Newcastle BridgesSchoolDfES No; 7037c/o Ward 10Royal Victoria InfirmaryQueen Victoria RoadNewcastle upon TyneNE1 4LP0191 233 0764Fax; 0191 233 0765Emailmargaret.dover@bridges.newcastle.sch.ukWebsitewww.bridges.newcastle.sch.ukMrs M DoverHeadteacherAshlyns UnitSilverhill CentreStocksfield AvenueNE5 2DX0191 228 0517Fax; 0191 274 9843Mrs A BennettTeacher in ChargeHarbour West Unitc/o All Saints CollegeOff West Denton WayNE5 2DX0191 264 0590Fax; 0191 264 0590Mr P EwartTeacher in ChargeNewcastle Bridges School is a school for pupils who are unable to attend their usual school for medical reasons. This includes sick children in Newcastle’s threehospitals and two psychiatric units, pupils who are vulnerable and show school phobic tendencies and pregnant schoolgirls and schoolgirl mothers.101


School Address Contact HeadteacherSir Charles ParsonsDfES No; 7035Westbourne AvenueNewcastle upon TyneNE6 4ED0191 263 0261Fax; 0191 263 8897Emailadmin@sircharlesparson.newcastle.sch.uknick.sharingnick.sharing@sircharlesparson.newcastle.sch.ukMr N SharingEnviro SchoolWebsitewww.sircharlesparson.newcastle.sch.ukSir Charles Parsons is a school for pupils between the ages of 11 and 19 years with profound and multiple learning difficulties, severe learning difficultiesand associated physical disabilities.School Address Telephone HeadteacherThomas BewickDfES No; 7036(Educational Provision)Linhope RoadWest DentonNewcastle upon TyneNE5 2LW0191 229 6020Fax; 0191 229 6021Emailadmin@thomasbewick.newcastle.sch.ukaudrey.lindley@thomasbewick.newcastle.sch.ukval.brown@thomasbewick.newcastle.sch.ukMs A LindleyEnviro SchoolWebsitewww.thomasbewick.newcastle.sch.uk(Residential Provision)Bertram CrescentNewcastle upon TyneNE15 6PY0191 273 4440Thomas Bewick is a school for pupils between the ages of 3 and 19 years with autism and pervasive development disorders and for those pupils whoseneeds will be met in autism specific provision. Residential provision for up to 20 pupils is available.102


TrinityCentral AdministrationCondercum RoadNE4 8XJ0191 226 1500Fax; 0191 226 1226Emailadmin.central@trinity.newcastle.sch.ukdave.edmondson@trinity.newcastle.sch.ukbill.curley@trinity.newcastle.sch.ukMr D EdmondsonPrincipalMr B CurleyOakfield College SiteCondercum RoadNE4 8XJ0191 273 5558Fax; 0191 272 2677Emailadmin.oakfield@trinity.newcastle.sch.ukchris.rue@trinity.newcastle.sch.ukMr Chris RueAssistant HeadEnviro SchoolOakfield Solutionsadmin@oakfieldsolutions.co.ukTrinityThrockley Old PrimarySchoolCoach Road0191 229 1852Fax; 0191 267 1391Emailsteve.ogara@trinity.newcastle.sch.ukadmin.deneview@trinity.newcastle.sch.ukMrs Marion BrownAssistant HeadEnviro SchoolKenton Lodge SiteKenton RoadNE3 4PD0191 285 5392Fax; 0191 213 1730Email admin.kentonlodge@trinity.newcastle.sch.ukMr Mark FlintMiss Rebecca GoodrichTeacher in chargeEnviro SchoolTrinity is a three-site school for pupils between the ages of 7 and 16+ years with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Up to 15 places are available on aresidential basis for 7-14 year olds.103


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Section 6• Attendance and behaviour• Getting to school• Money matters• Additional help and informationFamilies Information ServiceEducational PsychologyEthnic minority, traveller, refugee and asylum seeker education serviceSpecial educational needs105


Attendance and behaviourSchool AttendanceRegular attendance means:• Establishing a pattern of attendance and punctuality which will benefit children all through schooland into the world of work• Meeting friends and developing lasting relationships• Taking the opportunity to get a good education• Reducing the risk of involvement in crime and anti-social behaviour either as victim orperpetratorAbsence means:• Missing out on coursework - it can be very hard to catch up• Losing touch with friends and teaching staff• Having more opportunities to become involved in crime and anti-social behaviour either as victimor perpetrator• Making it more difficult to have a successful future after schoolHow parents can help…• Be aware of the impact of your child regularly missing school• Don’t let your child stay off school for reasons like going shopping, birthdays, looking afterbrothers and sisters or minding the house• Try to avoid taking family holidays in term time• Try to make non-urgent medical and dental appointments out of school hours• Be involved with your child’s education and school – ask questions, establish good habits ofattendance and punctuality• Contact school on the first morning of absence if your child is genuinely ill and keep school up todate if it turns out to be a longer absence than originally anticipated• Send a signed and dated note with the reason for the absence when your child returns to school.• If there is a problem speak to the school and/or the Education Welfare Service - support will beavailable but staff need to be made aware of any difficultiesas soon as possibleSome facts:• 90% attendance sounds good but means that your child misses on average one half day everyweek - nearly four weeks every schoolyear – over one school year in a school career• two weeks holiday in term time every year (with no other absences) means that your child canonly ever achieve 95% attendance and will miss about two terms in a school career106


Attendance and behaviourThe Law on School AttendanceSchools and the local authority, through the Education Welfare Service, monitor absence and work withfamilies and young people where the level of absence is giving cause for concern. The informationbelow explains the law, legal sanctions, prosecution procedures, definitions of absence and helpfuladvice on absence and truancy.School attendance - the lawThe law makes parents responsible for ensuring that their children of compulsory school age (5 to 16)receive a suitable, full-time education (Section 7, Education Act 1996). This can be either by regularschool attendance or otherwise. In Newcastle, the Education Welfare Service (on behalf of the LocalAuthority) is responsible for ensuring that parents fulfil this duty.Children not registered at school – the lawIf the local authority believes that a child of compulsory school age is not receiving a suitable education,the Education Welfare Service will attempt to encourage and support parents to register the child at aschool. If these efforts are not successful, a school attendance order can be used to direct parents tosend their child to a specified school (Section 437, Education Act 1996). Failure to comply with a schoolattendance order is an offence (Section 443, Education Act 1996).Children registered at school – the lawParents are responsible for ensuring that their children attend school regularly. The local authority maytake legal action against parents if their children do not attend school regularly (Section 444, EducationAct 1996) and the absences are not authorised by the school. The procedure for the use of legalsanctions by the Education Welfare Service is available at www.newcastle.gov.uk/education.The legal sanctions that the local authority can use are:Prosecution under Section 444 (1), Education Act 1996.If a child of compulsory school age who is a registered pupil at a school fails to attend regularly at theschool, his parent is guilty of an offence. The maximum fine if found guilty is £1,000.Prosecution under Section 444 (1A), Education Act 1996 and Section 72, Criminal Justice andCourt Service Act 2000.If in the circumstances mentioned in subsection (1), the parent knows that his child is failing to attendregularly at the school and fails without reasonable justification to cause him to do so; he is guilty of anoffence. This is a more serious offence and a warrant can be issued to make the parent attend court.Conviction can lead to a custodial sentence of up to 3 months; the maximum fine is £2,500.Penalty NoticeParents may be issued with a fixed penalty as an alternative to prosecution under section 444. Thepenalty is £50 if paid within 28 days, rising to £100 if paid after 28 days but within 42 days. Nonpaymentwill result in prosecution for the original offence of irregular attendance (Section 23, Anti-socialBehaviour Act 2003, Education Act 1996 Sections 444A and 444B).An Education Supervision Order (Section 447, Education Act 1996, Section 36, Children Act 1989)The LA may apply for an education supervision order through the Family Proceedings Court. An ESOmakes the local authority responsible for advising, supporting and giving ‘directions’ to the supervisedchild and his/her parents to ensure that the child is properly educated. Where parents persistently fail tocomply with reasonable directions, they may be guilty of an offence.107


The Education Welfare ServiceAttendance and behaviourLinks between home and schoolThe Education Welfare Service plays an important role in establishing and maintaining links betweenschool and home offering advice and support to families mainly about school attendance. The servicecan also advise and assist with issues such as bullying, exclusion from school, special educationalneeds, child employment/entertainment and where there are child protection issues.The service accepts referrals from schools, parents/carers, children and other family members, statutoryand voluntary agencies.Working in partnership with the business community, the Service recognises, celebrates and rewardsboth excellent and improved attendance. The importance and value of regular school attendance ispromoted through the development of exciting and imaginative projects, annual events and thepresentation of attendance certificates.Education Welfare Officers can be contacted through your child’s school or directly at NewcastleSpringfield Centre, Off Blakelaw Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 3HU, telephone 0191 277 4500.108


Attendance and behaviourBehaviour PoliciesEvery school has a behaviour policy, which sets out a code of conduct of behaviour that is expectedfrom every child, their family and the whole school community.The purpose of the code is to ensure that the school is a safe place for everyone, where individuals arerespected and valued and where children can learn in an environment that encourages and rewardsgood behaviour.For information about behaviour policies please contact individual schools.Behaviour on TransportParents or carers and children themselves are responsible for their behaviour on transport. The busoperators reserve the right to withdraw travel permits for anyone who continues to behaveinappropriately on public transport. If this happens the City Council will not make any other travelarrangements to support the attendance of the child concerned at school. Responsibility for ensuringattendance at school rests with the parent or carer.Exclusion of Pupils from SchoolIf a child’s behaviour is unacceptable and a headteacher finds it necessary to exclude your child fromschool, you have the right to have your say to the school governors. The head teacher must inform you,in writing, of the period of the exclusion and the reason for the decision. The letter will also containadvice on how you may have your say.In certain circumstances you will also have the right to appeal to an independent committee.Further information may be obtained from your child's headteacher, the Children’s Services Directorate -on 0191 277 4545 or an Education Welfare Officer on 0191 277 4500. For more information you canalso visit the website at:www.newcastle.gov.uk/educlibnew.nsf/a/exclusionsfromschoolLinhope Pupil Referral UnitEducation Otherwise Than At SchoolLinhope is a Pupil Referral Unit for pupils who are permanently excluded from school or those who arein danger of being excluded. Multi-disciplinary support is made available through an experienced teamof teachers, teaching assistants, a school health advisor, an educational welfare officer, parent supportadvisor, Connexions personal advisor and a drugs and alcohol misuse worker.Currently Linhope has pupils in Key stages 2,3,4. Older pupils work towards a wide range ofaccreditation. Linhope engages in successful partnership working to benefit all of its young people.Jeffrey LoughHead of LinhopeLinhope RoadNewcastle upon TyneNE5 2LWTelephone: 0191 267 4447Email jeff.lough@pru.newcastle.sch.uk109


Getting to SchoolThe School JourneyAt 8:50am, one car in every five in England is involved in the school run. This is the peak timefor school travel. The number of children now travelling by car to school has more thandoubled in the last twenty years and the numbers of children walking has greatly reduced. Youare encouraged to allow your children to walk, cycle, or use public transport instead of usingthe car for the school journey. If you must drive, please try and car-share with another parentand remember to drive and park safely.Newcastle City Council is under a duty to promote sustainable travel to schools. This will bringhealth benefits to children and parents through increased activity, gained for example throughwalking or cycling. There will also be benefits for the local community through improved roadsafety, reduced traffic congestion and associated noise and air pollution.School Travel PlansMany schools in Newcastle have developed school travel plans to encourage children andparents to use sustainable transport alternatives when travelling to and from school. Thispolicy supports the implementation of individual school travel plans by encouraging parents tomake sustainable choices for the school journey. Please contact your local schools to find outabout their school travel plan.Behaviour on the school journeyParents or carers and children themselves are responsible for their behaviour on transport.The bus operators reserve the right to withdraw travel permits for anyone who continues tobehave inappropriately on public transport. If this happens the City Council will not make anyother travel arrangements to support the attendance of the child concerned at school.Responsibility for ensuring attendance at school rests with the parent or carer.The school’s disciplinary policy can be reasonably extended to cover the journey to and fromschool. Headteachers are encouraged to promote high standards of pupil behaviour on theschool journey. Disciplinary sanctions can be used for those displaying poor behaviour on thewalk, cycle or bus journey to school.Length of journeyBest practice suggests that the length of journey to or from school for a child of primary ageshould be no more than 45 minutes and for a child of secondary age, no more than 75 minutes.110


Getting to SchoolSupport for School TravelDifferent levels of support may be available to help with travel costs that may support yourchoice of school. There are reduced fares available for school children and in some cases freetravel may be available. There is now more support available for children from low incomefamilies.Concessionary TravelReduced fares are available for children under 16 years who live in Tyne and Wear:• Accompanied children under the age of 5 can travel free in Tyne and Wear.• Children aged 5 -16 can get reduced fares on local bus services, Metro, Shields Ferryand Northern Rail local rail services from Sunderland to Blaydon.• Concessionary child fares are available Monday to Friday up to 7.00pm• School Passes allow parents to pay for school journeys in advance.The passes are available for journeys within Tyne and Wear and can be used on all localpublic transport services in Tyne and Wear, including bus, Metro, Shields Ferry andNorthern Rail local rail services from Sunderland to Blaydon.Passes can be bought for the whole academic year or just for each term.The Under 16 CardIf you live in Tyne and Wear and wish to qualify for reduced rate travel on school days, allchildren aged 5 -16 must apply for an Under-16 Card direct from NEXUS. Without an Under-16Card, children may be expected to pay the full adult fare or the commercial rate on publictransport. Your Under 16 Card lasts until you finish year 11.Application forms for the Under-16 Card are available from any NexusTravelShop or visitwww.how2get2.co.ukPost-16 TravelFor the latest information please contact NEXUS. Telephone 0191 203 3211 or go towww.newcastle.gov.uk then click on Education and then click on Grants111


Free travel for children under 16Getting to SchoolFree Travel to SchoolThe law on school travel has changed as a result of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.Newcastle City Council now has a duty to provide free school travel if there are no placesavailable in other suitable schools closer to home.Free transport is available for children:• under 8 years of age who live more than 2 miles from their nearest school• aged 8 years and above who live more than 3 miles from their nearest schoolFree school travel applies to travel arrangements at the start and end of the day. It does notrelate to travel between educational establishments during the school day.For children from low-income familiesNewcastle City Council has new duties in respect of free travel for children from low incomefamilies.Children deemed to be from low income families are those who are entitled to free schoolmeals or whose parents are entitled to the maximum level of Working Tax Credit. Your level ofentitlement to Working Tax Credit is shown on the notice issued to you by HM Revenues andCustoms (TC602 ).Free transport is available for children from low income families if:• aged 8 to 11 years and living more than 2 miles from the nearest school• aged 11 to 16 years and attending one of the 3 nearest schools between 2 and 6 milesfrom their home address, for which they are eligible.If a child attends a particular school because of religion or beliefs they will qualify for free travelif they live between 2 and 15 miles from the school .Please note that your child’s eligibility for free travel does not guarantee a place at the school.If you are offered a place at the school you prefer this does not guarantee free travel.For further information and advice please contactStudent ServicesTelephone 0191 211 5323student.info@newcastle.gov.uk112


MONEY MATTERSEducation Maintenance AllowanceYoung people may be able to claim up to £30 per week plus bonusesYou need to be 16, 17 or 18 and have left – or be about to leave – compulsory education.Your courseYou need to be enrolled on a course in England which is either:• a full – time further education course at a college or a school• a LSC funded Diploma ( where available ) or a course that leads to an Apprenticeship.• An LSC funded Entry to Employment (e2e) course.Your household incomeTo qualify for EMA your annual household income must be below £30,810. These are the figures forstudents applying for courses in September 2008. In addition if you have a part – time job the moneyyou earn is not included in the household income.Regular bonuses can also be earned – but only if you continue to do well and meet targets set by yourteacher/provider. To find out more, ask your school, college or Connexions Personal Adviser or ringthe EMA helpline.EMA Helpline: 0800 121 8989EMA web site: www.moneytolearn.direct.gov.ukSchool MealsA mid-day meal is available at every school in the city. Your child may be entitled to a free school mealonly if you are in receipt of any of the following:• Income Support (IS);• Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA);• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; or• Child Tax Credit, provided the parents are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annualincome, (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that as of 6 April 2008 does notexceed £15575 (subject to annual review).• The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.Children who receive IS or IBJSA in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.Once your benefit stops, the meal must be paid for. It is your responsibility to let us know when thebenefit stops. Further details are available from Student Services telephone 0191 211 5323 or e-mailstudent.info@newcastle.gov.uk.School ClothingEach school should have a statement of policy regarding the wearing of uniform or a dress code forpupils. Pupils are encouraged to wear clothing that is acceptable to the school. The Local Authority isnot able to provide financial assistance towards the purchase of clothing for school.113


MONEY MATTERSPolicy Relating to Entry for Public ExaminationsSchools make use of the full range of external accreditation available for pupils at ages 16 and18, including, of course, GCSE, A-level and GNVQ.Details of other examinations open to pupils are described in the prospectus of individualschools.Pupils will be entered for examinations in relation to the following policy:• Where a candidate for a particular examination is considered by the school to have areasonable chance of success, the candidate is entered for that examination by the school.• Costs will not be met for examination entries that are not recommended by the headteacher.• If your child is entered for a particular examination and fails without good reason to meet theexamination requirements, you will be charged the fees that have been incurred.• The Local Authority will not pay for dual entries for prescribed examinations.• The fees and other costs of entering a pupil for a public examination that is not prescribed inthe policy will be passed on in full to pupils, parents or carersGoverning bodies may wish to defray some or all of the cost of non-prescribed publicexaminations for pupils from families in receipt of:• Income support;• Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance;• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;• Child Tax Credit, where the parent is not entitled to Working Tax Credit and whose annualincome does not exceed £15575 (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) asof 6 April 2008(subject to annual revue).• The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.Re-sits of Prescribed Public ExaminationsWhen the school has not assisted pupils in further preparation for the re-sits of prescribedpublic examinations, the fees and other associated costs will be passed on in full to the pupils.Unless there are exceptional circumstances, the Local Authority will not fund the cost of re–sits. This applies to all children including those from families in receipt of:• Income support;• Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance;• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;• Child Tax Credit, where the parent is not entitled to Working Tax Credit and whose annualincome does not exceed £15575 (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) asof 6 April 2008 (subject to annual revue).• The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.114


MONEY MATTERSPolicy on ChargesNo charges will be made for books, materials, equipment, tuition or any other associated costs ofeducation provided as part of the national curriculum or as part of the syllabus for a prescribedexamination.Charges to pupils, parents or carers may be made for the following activities:Board and Lodgings on Residential VisitsThe costs of board and lodging for residential visits or attendance at outdoor education centres will bepayable by pupils, except where subsidies are provided directly by the governing body.No charge will be made when taking part in residential visits for children of parents in receipt of:• Income support;• Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance;• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;• Child Tax Credit, where the parent is not entitled to Working Tax Credit and whose annual incomedoes not exceed £15575 (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) as of 6 April2008(subject to annual revue).• The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.Musical ActivitiesAn appropriate charge may be made to a pupil receiving tuition for a non-prescribed public examinationor for activities not related to the National Curriculum.Whilst musical instruments are usually loaned free of charge, an appropriate charge may be made fortheir maintenance.Activities Outside School HoursCharges may be passed on to pupils taking part in activities which take place out of school hours andwhich are not leading to a prescribed public examination, related to the National Curriculum, or toreligious education. Governing bodies may choose to subsidise the whole or part of such activitieseither for all pupils or for children of families in receipt of:• Income support;• Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance;• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999• Child Tax Credit, where the parent is not entitled to Working Tax Credit and whose annual incomedoes not exceed £15575 (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) as of 6 April2008(subject to annual revue).• The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.Voluntary ContributionsYou may be invited to make voluntary contributions to support any activities taking place either within oroutside school hours. The school must make it quite clear that contributions from parents are genuinelyvoluntary. Children of parents who are unable or unwilling to contribute must not be discriminatedagainst in any way.115


Additional Help and InformationWhat we doA Guide to the Families Information ServiceNewcastle Families Information Service (previously known as the Children and Young People’sInformation Service) is a free and impartial service which provides up-to-date and accurateinformation, advice and assistance.We provide information on all registered childcare including:• childminders;• day nurseries;• nursery schools;• playgroups;• crèches; and• out of school and holiday clubs.We can provide information on financial support that is available to pay for childcare, includingworking tax credits and three and four year old nursery funding.If you want to work in childcare, we can provide advice and information on a wide range ofopportunities including:• working or training in childcare; and• becoming a registered childminder.We can also provide information on other services and supportincluding:• parent and toddler groups;• toy libraries;• parenting support;• things to do;• places to go;• extended services through schools; and• Sure Start Children’s Centres.Children’s Centres and schools are developing more extended services. Contact us to find outhow you can be involved in consultation.How to use our serviceVisit usBooth 27, Customer Service Centre, Civic Centre, Sandyford Road (opposite NorthumbriaUniversity), Newcastle NE1 8PUOpening hoursMonday 8.30 am – 4.30pmTuesday 8.30 am – 4.30pmWednesday 8.30 am – 4.30pmThursday 11.00 am – 4.30pmFriday 8.30 am – 4.30pm116


Outside normal hoursYou can make an appointment to see a member of our team outside our normal opening hours,just call us on the number below.Telephone 0191 277 4133We have an answerphone service when the service is closed.We can also use the National Interpreting Service if you are a non-English speaker.email fis@newcastle.gov.ukfis@newcastle.gov.ukVisit our websitewww.newcastle.cyp-directory.org.uk to access our online Children and Young People’sDirectoryAbout our directoryThe Directory is a web-based guide to services and organisations.A wide range of information is available whether you are looking up a specific subject, anorganisation or just browsing. The directory caters for all your individual needs whatever yourlevel of internet experience.Other useful contactswww.childcarelink.gov.uk - for information and advice about child carewww.direct.gov.uk - public services informationwww.surestart.gov.uk. - for information about Sure Start schemes117


Additional Help and InformationEducational Psychology ServiceEPs are highly qualified specialists who are trained to work with children from birth to 19 whoexperience problems with learning, getting along with others or who have other physical ormedical difficulties. They can advise teachers, other staff and parents/carers on ways to helpchildren and young people make progress.Educational Psychologists are usually asked to become involved when children's learning,behaviour or wellbeing is a worry for staff in their school or early years setting. They can alsowork directly with little ones before they begin at nursery at the request of a health professionalor other people working in the early years. We need your permission first before we begin anywork. Parents and carers are also welcome to contact the Service directly for advice andsupport.Information leaflets for parents and carers are available from the Educational PsychologyService, The Newcastle Springfield Centre, Off Blakelaw Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE53HU. The service can be contacted on 0191 2774577.http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/core.nsf/a/edpsychologists?opendocumentEthnic Minority, Traveller and Refugee Pupil Achievement Service(EMTRAS)The role of the Service (EMTRAS) is to work with schools, teachers and other agencies tosecure the highest possible standards of achievement for pupils whose home language maynot be English and who need special support to settle and learn in our schools.The Service will work with all the schools in Newcastle who have on their roll pupils who needsuch support. The EAL Standards Team (English as an Additional Language) is available toadvise schools on appropriate provision and to work with teachers who have directresponsibility for EAL pupils.The Service also employs a small team of experienced EAL teachers and bi-lingual classroomassistants who can work directly with pupils in schools. They can cover all ages of pupilsacross all phases from Nursery to Post-16. A special emphasis is placed on children who havejust arrived in this country and are at an early stage of learning English.If you need advice, please contact EMTRASTelephone 0191 277 4555 or e-mail farhat.hasnain@newcastle.gov.uk119


Special Educational Needs – Our PrinciplesValuing Each ChildThe achievement and development of each child is of equal value. We want them all to fulfiltheir potential as learners and individuals.EntitlementAll children should have access to a varied, challenging curriculum that gives opportunities forprogress and development.Raising AchievementWe have high expectations and standards for the education of children with special educationalneeds and we track their progress.InclusionWe make sure that each child has full access to the educational opportunities and life of theschool.Involvement of PupilsAll pupils should be encouraged and assisted to take part as fully as possible in decisionsabout their education.Parents and Carers as PartnersParents and carers have a key role to play in their child’s education. Schools will work in closepartnership with the parents and carers of children with special needs.Early Intervention and SupportChildren’s Special Educational Needs should be identified early, and support should bedecisive and effective, so that optimum progress can be made without delay.Pre-school education is of vital importance to children who require learning support and ishighly cost effective.Vulnerable ChildrenSpecial efforts should be made to ensure that children with disabilities and other vulnerablechildren have the same opportunities as other children, and receive support to overcome anybarriers to learning.Working with Other ServicesIt is important to have a close partnership between services and agencies in order to meet theneeds of children with Special Educational NeedsStatutory assessmentYou have the right to request a formal assessment of your child. The Local Authority may alsodecide that a formal assessment is in the best interests of your child.When deciding whether or not to go ahead with a Statutory Assessment, the LA will consider awide range of information, including evidence provided by parents and carers. Your child’seducational, medical, nursing, social and other needs will be taken into account.Statutory assessment will be completed within the timescales and guidance laid out in the SENCode of Practice which is available from Special Educational Needs on 0191 2774650.121


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Admission to Voluntary AidedRoman Catholic and Church of England Faith schoolsEach Voluntary Aided (Faith) school is managed by its own governing body. The governing body ofeach school determines the admission policy for its school.Places will be allocated in accordance with the published admission policy. Please consider carefullyhow closely your application fits the school’s admission policy.A model policy for Voluntary Aided Roman Catholic and Church of England primary schools areincluded in this section, for guidance. Policies for Roman Catholic secondary schools are included infull.Please note:If you are considering applying for a voluntary aided school place it isessential that you obtain a copy of, and carefully consider, the individualschool’s admissions policy.The model policies are for general guidance only - individual schoolpolicies may varyThe admission policies for all Voluntary Aided Schools are available from the School Admissions andTransfers Team, telephone 0191 277 7428, email admissions.education@newcastle.gov.uk or atwww.newcastle.gov.uk/education.Policies are also available from individual schools and at the Customer Services Centre, Civic Centre.Church of England Primary SchoolsThe governing body of each school will consider applications for admission in accordance with itsindividual policy.Roman Catholic Primary SchoolsThe governing body of each school will consider all applications for admission to its school but, ingeneral, priority is given to baptised Roman Catholic children who live within the parish(es) served bytheir school.Admission to a Roman Catholic primary school does not automatically include the rightof transfer to a Roman Catholic secondary school. It will be necessary to make aseparate application at the appropriate time.Roman Catholic Secondary SchoolsWhen considering applications, Roman Catholic secondary schools will give priority to baptised RomanCatholic children from Roman Catholic feeder primary schools in the school’s catchment area.Voluntary Aided School Admission - Right of AppealIf you are refused admission to any school you have the right of appeal to an independent panel.Details of the appeals process will be available from the school.124


Voluntary aided schoolsApplications for September2008 Reception Class placesSchool nameChurch of EnglandNumber ofplacesNumber ofapplications(all choices)Number ofoffersArchbishop Runcie 30 86 30Christ Church 20 17 9St Anthony's 30 25 14St Paul's 35 68 35Roman CatholicEnglish Martyrs 60 147 60Our Lady & St Anne's 30 80 30Sacred Heart 30 160 30St Alban's 30 53 30St Bede's 30 64 30St Catherine's 30 66 26St Charles 30 74 30St Cuthbert's Kenton 30 44 30St Cuthbert's Walbottle 18 29 10St George's 20 23 12St John Vianney 30 64 30St Joseph's 30 44 25St Lawrence’s 30 39 22St Mark's 30 30 14St Michael's 30 40 30St Oswald's 30 82 30St Teresa’s 30 51 22St Vincent's 30 73 30Applications for secondarytransfers September 2008Roman CatholicSacred Heart 225 394 225St Cuthbert's 190 335 190St Mary's 196 320 129125


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Church of England (voluntary aided) First and Primary SchoolModel Admissions PolicyPlease note:If you are considering applying for a voluntary aided school place it isessential that you obtain a copy of, and carefully consider, the individualschool’s admissions policy.This model policy is for general guidance only - individual school policiesmay varyThe governing body of the School is the Admissions Authority for the school and they intend toadmit up to ___ pupils to the reception year group in September 2009. This arrangementfollows consultation between the governing body, the Local Authority (LA), all other schools inthe area and all other Admission Authorities in the area.The school is open to receive applications for admissions from the parents of all children.Children with a statement of Special Educational Needs that names the school will be offered aplace.If there are fewer applicants than places available in a school, all applicants will be offered aplace.If there are more applicants than places available the following over-subscription criteria will beused to allocate places.Over-subscription CriteriaChildren who are in the care of the Local Authority (LAC)Children who have special medical needs or other special circumstance, that make the child’sattendance at this school essential. The application must be supported by written medical orother professional opinion which may be referred to the Health Authority for consideration.Children with a brother or sister at the school at the time of admission.Children of parents actively participating, and worshipping customarily and oftenChildren of parents not actively participating and worshipping customarily and oftenTie BreakerWhere there are places available for some but not all applicants within a particular criterion,distance from home to school will be the deciding factor, with preference given to those whosehome address is nearest to the school, when measured in a straight line (i.e. as the crow flies).130


Evidence of Church participationParents wishing to have an application considered under this criterion will be asked to providewith their application a pro-forma letter from the Vicar, Priest, Minister, Pastor or Leader incharge of the church in question showing that their application satisfies the criterion.Waiting ListThe school will maintain a waiting list of applicants strictly in order of the over-subscriptioncriteriaParish boundariesA map showing the parish boundaries can be inspected at the school office.The right to withdraw the offer of a placeIf a place is offered on the basis of false information (e.g. address or Church participation) or ifparents do not respond within the stated timescale to the offer of a place the governing bodyreserves the right to withdraw their offer.Closing date for applicationsApplications for admission to Reception Class in September 2009 must be submitted to theLocal Authority by the closing date 24 October 2008.Offer of a school placePlaces will be offered by strict application of the over-subscription criteria, with no reference tothe date of application.Offers of places will be delivered to parents and carers on 2 March 2009.131


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Roman Catholic (voluntary aided) Primary SchoolModel Admissions PolicyPlease note:If you are considering applying for a voluntary aided school place it isessential that you obtain a copy of, and carefully consider, the individualschool’s admissions policy.This model policy is for general guidance only - individual school policiesmay varyThe Governing Body of St ______’s Catholic Primary School is the Admissions Authority for thisschool.The Governing Body intends to admit up to [XX] pupils to the Reception year group inSeptember 200__. This number will apply to the Reception Year and to every other year in theschool.Where there are insufficient places available to meet all parental preferences, priority will begiven to applications in the following order:1. Catholic Children who are in the care of the Local Authority (Looked After Children).2. Catholic Children whose home address is within the parish boundaries of St ______’sParish.3. Catholic Children whose home address is outside of the parish boundaries of St___________’s Parish, but who regularly worship in the Church of St __________’sParish.4. Catholic Children whose home address is outside of the parish boundaries of St____________’s Parish with a brother or sister already attending the school at the time ofadmission.5. Catholic Children whose home address is outside of the parish boundaries of St_____________ Parish who do not have a brother or sister already attending the school atthe time of admission.6. Non-Catholic Children who are in the care of the Local Authority (Looked After Children).7. Children of other Christian denominations who have a brother or sister already attendingthe school at the time of admission.8. Children of other Faith traditions who have a brother or sister already attending the schoolat the time of admission.9. Children of other Christian denominations who do not have a brother or sister at theschool.10. Children of other Faith traditions who do not have a brother or sister at the school.11. Other children.134


ADDITIONAL NOTESCatholic Children are Children who have been baptised as Catholics or have been formallyreceived into the Catholic Church. All applicants seeking admission under these criterions willbe asked to provide evidence that the child has been baptised as a Catholic or has beenreceived into the Catholic Church.If applicants are seeking admission under any of criteria 7, 8, 9 or 10 above, they will be askedfor a letter of support from their minister or Faith leader, or suitable equivalent. For Christianapplicants a baptismal certificate should be provided.Parents are asked to note that admission to the Nursery unit is no guarantee of entry into themain school.Special Medical or Social NeedsChildren who have statement of Special Educational Need which names our school will beadmitted to the school.We will consider individual applications involving medical or social needs. This kind ofapplication must be supported in writing by relevant professional agencies i.e. a doctor or socialworker.If your child has Special Educational Needs but does not have a "statement" of need then yourapplication will be considered on the basis of the school's admission criterion.If you believe your child's special needs are relevant to the reasons for applying to our school,for example on medical or social grounds, then you should tell us about this on your applicationform including why you want your child to attend our school and what difficulties it would causeshould they not be accepted. In these circumstances you must also provide supportingevidence, in writing, from a professional i.e. a doctor or a social worker.In exceptional circumstances we will determine if it is appropriate to allocate your child a place.Tie-breakerWhere there are places available for some, but not all applicants within a particular criterion,distance from home address to the school entrance will be the deciding factor, with preferencebeing given to those whose home address is nearest to the school, when measured by theshortest walking route way or the way the crow flies.Right of AppealWhere a parent has been notified that a place is not available for a child, every effort will bemade to help the parent to find a place in a suitable alternative school. Parents who arerefused a place have a statutory right of appeal. Further details of the appeals process areavailable by writing to the Chair of Governors at the school address.Home AddressIt is the parental address which will be used in applying the admission criteria. This meansthat, when stating your choice of school, you should give the parental/guardian address at thetime of application. The address of childminders or other family members who may share inthe care of your child should not be quoted as the home address.135


Waiting Lists (if applicable)If your child has been refused admission, a waiting list is available where priority will be givenaccording to the above criteria based on the information provided at the time of application.The right to withdraw the offer of a placeIf a place is offered on the basis of false information (e.g. address or Church participation) or ifparents do not respond within the stated timescale to the offer of a place the governing bodyreserves the right to withdraw their offer.Closing date for applicationsApplications for admission to Reception Class in September 2009 must be submitted to theLocal Authority by the closing date 24 October 2008.Offer of a school placePlaces will be offered by strict application of the over-subscription criteria, with no reference tothe date of application.Offers of places will be delivered to parents and carers on 2 March 2009.___________________________________Chair of GovernorsDate136


ADMISSION POLICIES FOR VOLUNTARY AIDEDROMAN CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS137


ST CUTHBERT’S CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLADMISSIONS POLICYThe Governing Body of St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School, Newcastle is the Admissions Authority forthis school. The Governing Body intends to admit up to 190 pupils to Year 7 in September 2009. Thisnumber will apply to Years 7 to 11.Separate arrangements are made for admission to Year 12 (sixth form) and are available from theschool.St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School serves the parishes of: English Martyrs, Stamfordham Road; StMary’s Cathedral; St Robert’s, Fenham; St Bede’s, Denton Burn; St Charles’, Gosforth; St Cuthbert’s,Kenton; St Cuthbert’s, Throckley; St George’s, Bells Close; St John Vianney, West Denton; St Joseph’s,Benwell; St Mark’s, Westerhope and St Michael’s, Elswick. These are referred to hereafter as thepartner parishes.English Martyrs’ Primary, Fenham; Our Lady and St Anne’s, Newcastle; Sacred Heart Primary, Fenham;St Bede’s, Denton Burn; St Charles’ Primary, Gosforth; St Cuthbert’s Primary, Kenton; St Cuthbert’sPrimary, Walbottle; St George’s Primary, Bells Close; St John Vianney Primary, West Denton; StJoseph’s Primary, Benwell; St Mark’s Primary, Westerhope; St Michael’s Primary, Elswick and StOswald’s Primary, Gosforth are referred to as Catholic Primary Partner Schools.Where there are insufficient places available to meet all parental preferences, priority will be given toapplications in the following order:1. Catholic Children who are Looked-after Children (Children in the care of the Local Authority)2. Catholic Children whose home address is within the parish boundaries of one of the partnerparishes and who attend a Catholic Primary Partner School.3. Catholic Children whose home address is within the parish boundaries of one of the partnerparishes and who attend a Catholic Primary School.4. Catholic Children whose home address is outside of the parish boundaries of any of the partnerparishes and who attend a Catholic Primary Partner School.5. Catholic Children whose home address is within the parish boundaries of one of the partnerparishes and who do not attend a Catholic Primary School.6. Catholic Children who have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission.7. Catholic Children whose home address is outside the parish boundaries of one of the partnerparishes and who attend a Catholic Primary School.8. Catholic Children whose home address is outside the Parish boundaries of one of the partnerparishes.9. Non-Catholic Children who are Looked-after Children (Children in the care of the LocalAuthority).10. Children of other Christian denominations who attend a Catholic Primary Partner School andwho have a brother attending the school at the time of admission.11. Children of other Christian denominations who attend a Catholic Primary Partner School who donot have a brother attending the school at the time of admission.138


ADDITIONAL NOTESThe Admissions Policy Criteria will be applied on an Equal Preference basis.Catholic Children are Children who have been baptised as Catholics or have been formallyreceived into the Catholic Church. All applicants seeking admission under these criteria will beasked to provide evidence that the child has been baptised as a Catholic or has been receivedinto the Catholic Church.If applicants are seeking admission under any of criteria 10-17 above, they will be asked for aletter of support from their minister or Faith leader, or suitable equivalent. For Christianapplicants a baptismal certificate must be provided.Special Medical or Social Needs12. Children who have a statement of Special Educational Need which names our schoolwill be admitted to the school. Children of other Christian denominations who have abrother attending the school at the time of admission.13. Children of other Christian denominations who do not have a brother attending theschool at the time of admission.14. Children of other Faith traditions who attend a Catholic Primary Partner School and whohave a brother attending the school at the time of admission.15. Children of other Faith traditions who attend a Catholic Primary Partner School who donot have a brother attending the school at the time of admission.16. Children of other Faith traditions who have a brother attending the school at the time ofadmission.17. Children of other Faith traditions who do not have a brother attending the school at thetime of admission.18. Children who have a brother attending the school at the time of admission.19. Children who have attended a Catholic Primary Partner School for as long as they havelived at their current home address20. Other children.We will consider individual applications involving medical or social needs. This kind ofapplication must be supported in writing by relevant professional agencies i.e. a doctor or socialworker. This supporting evidence should set out the particular reasons why the school is mostsuitable and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school.If your child has Special Educational Needs but does not have a "statement" of need then yourapplication will be considered on the basis of the school's admission policy.139


If you believe your child's special needs are relevant to the reasons for applying to our school,for example on medical or social grounds, then you should tell us about this on your applicationform including why you want your child to attend our school and what difficulties it would causeshould they not be accepted. In these circumstances you must also provide supportingevidence, in writing, from a professional i.e. a doctor or a social worker.In exceptional circumstances we will determine if it is appropriate to allocate your child a place.Tie-breakersWhere there are places available for some, but not all applicants within a particular criterion,distance from home address to the school entrance on Gretna Road will be the deciding factor,with preference being given to those whose home address is nearest to the school, whenmeasured by the shortest walking route.Home AddressIt is the parental address which will be used in applying the admission criteria. This meansthat, when stating your choice of school, you should give the parental/guardian address at thetime of application. The address of childminders or other family members who may share inthe care of your child should not be quoted as the home address.ApplicationFormal written applications for admission must be made on the form provided by the LocalAuthority and returned to them by the stated date. Places will then be allocated by strictapplication of the above criteria, with no reference to the date of application. Parents will benotified as to whether or not their child has been allocated a place on 2nd March 2009.Right of AppealParents who are refused a place have a statutory right of appeal. Further details of the appealprocess are available by writing to the Chair of Governors at the school address.Waiting ListsIf your child has been refused admission, a waiting list is available where priority will be givenaccording to the above criteria based on the information provided at the time of application.140


ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOLADMISSIONS POLICYThe Governors intend to admit up to 196 pupils into year 7 in September 2009. Children mustbe eleven years of age as at 31 st August 2009.The school will normally admit pupils in the following categories in order of priority:1. Catholics living in the promoter parishes2. Catholics living in other parishes who have Special Educational Needs or any other specialcircumstances, including those who are Looked After Children (in the care of the LocalAuthority).3. Catholics living in other parishes4. Children in the partner primary schools not covered by 1, 2 and 35. Children who have a sibling in the school6. Christians from other denominations whose parents wish them to benefit from the religiouseducation and religious life of this Catholic School.7. Children of other Faith traditions8. Other applicantsThe promoter parishes are:‣ St Aidan’s‣ St Anthony of Padua‣ St Charles’‣ St Dominic’s‣ St Francis of Assisi‣ Holy Name‣ St Lawrence’s‣ St Mary’s‣ Ss Peter and Paul‣ St Vincent’s‣ St Teresa’sBentonWalkerGosforthShieldfieldWalkergateJesmondBykerForest HallLongbentonWalkerHeatonThe partner primary schools are those which serve the promoter parishes, namely:‣ St Alban’s‣ St Catherine’s‣ St Charles’‣ St Lawrence’s‣ St Mary’s‣ St Oswald’s‣ St Stephen’s‣ St Teresa’s‣ St Vincent’sWalkerShieldfieldGosforthBykerForest HallGosforthLongbentonHeatonWalkerApplications will be co-ordinated by the local education authority according to their publishedtime-table.141


St. Mary’s is part of a citywide partnership to reduce permanent exclusions and the Governorscan admit a student from the placement panel even if the year group is full. This does not set aprecedent for any other application.Parents or carers wishing to apply for a place for their child must complete the application formprovided by the Local Education Authority and return it to the Local Education Authority by thestated date.If applicants are seeking admission in category 1, 2 or 3 above, they may be asked to provideevidence that the child is a baptised Roman Catholic or has been formally received into theRoman Catholic Church.If applicants are seeking admission in category 6 or 7 above, they may be asked for a letter ofsupport from their minister or Faith leader, or suitable equivalent.Where there are places available for some, but not all applicants within a particular category,priority will be given to looked-after children. Distance from home address to school will be thedeciding factor, with preference being given to those whose home address is nearest to theschool, when measured by the shortest walking route.All admissions are determined by the governing body, which reserves the right to consider eachapplication on its merit. The Governing Body supports the LA’s co-ordinated approach toadmissions and will adopt the equal preference principle. Appeals against any decision of thegoverning body should be submitted to:The Secretary of the Appeals Boardc/o St. Mary’s Catholic Comprehensive SchoolBenton Park Road,Newcastle upon TyneNE7 7PEThe written appeal must set out the grounds on which the appeal is made.142


SACRED HEART CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLADMISSIONS POLICY1. The Sacred Heart Catholic High School is a voluntary aided School providing secondaryeducation for girls of the Roman Catholic Faith normally from 11 to 19 years of age. Theadmission number is 225.2. All admissions are determined by the Governing Body having regard for the preservationof the character of the school and the provision of effective and efficient education for allstudents.3. The school will normally admit students in the following categories in order of priority:-A. Baptised Roman Catholic girls who are Looked After Children (in the care of the LocalAuthority).B. Baptised Roman Catholic girls from Roman Catholic schools in the traditional catchmentarea:Sacred Heart, FenhamEnglish Martyrs’, FenhamSt Bede’s, Denton BurnSt Charles’, GosforthSt Cuthbert’s KentonSt Cuthbert’s, WalbottleSt George’s, Bell CloseSt John Vianney’s, West DentonSt Joseph’s, BenwellSt Mark’s, WesterhopeOur Lady and St. Anne’s, NewcastleSt Michael’s, Westmorland RoadSt Oswald’s GosforthC. Baptised Roman Catholic girls attending other Roman Catholic Primary Schools orRoman Catholic Middle Schools.D. Baptised Roman Catholic girls attending non-Catholic schools.E. Christian girls with supporting letter from their Minister of Religion.F. Girls who have not been baptised but are Looked After Children (in the care of the LocalAuthority).G. Girls who have not been baptised but who have attended one of the feeder CatholicPrimary schools. In case of a tie break, priority would be given to those whose parentscan demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to the particular Catholic ethosof this school. This will be decided by responses to written questions provided by theschool, which demonstrates an appreciation of our religious and educational values.143


H. Girls of other faiths or no faith. In case of a tie break, priority would be given to thosewhose parents can demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to the particularCatholic ethos of this school. This will be decided by responses to written questionsprovided by the school, which demonstrates an appreciation of our religious andeducational values.NB Verification of baptism will be required for all students in Categories A, B, C andD.Year 12 entry to Sixth FormGirls applying from outside the school will have to meet the same requirement as girlscontinuing through the school to this stage, namely the necessary grades in GCSE orequivalent to study for chosen A level subjects or vocational options.In the case of over-subscription, the same criteria would apply as for the main school.Where there are any concerns about admission to the Sixth Form, a trial period may bearranged, at the school’s discretion, on entry to Year 12. Targets will be negotiated and agreedwith the student and then put in writing to student and parents at the start of the trial and againat the review of progress after half a term. Where serious concerns still exist, a student may beasked to leave.Entry to a third year in Sixth Form will similarly depend on the criteria above.144

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