School admissions arrangements consultations

School admissions arrangements consultations

The School Admissions Code 2021 states that admissions authorities must consult on their admissions arrangements once every 7 years or if there are any proposed changes. These consultations are your opportunity to have your say about whether the policies are fair.

Current consultations

Gosforth Park First School

Consultation opens: 5 October 2021

Consultation closes: 23 November 2021

To respond to the consultation, contact: or write to the Governing Body at:  The Governing Body, Gosforth Park First School, Granville Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 5JQ

Details of the consultation:

The Governing Body of Gosforth Park First School is consulting on changes to their admission arrangements for the academic year 2023/24. The key changes proposed are additions to the allocation criteria: 

Priority will be given in the oversubscription criteria to children of staff in both of the following circumstances:

a) Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made and;

b) The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Full details can be found on the school website: Gosforth Park proposed admissions policy 2023/24

Gosforth Group Schools

  • Gosforth Academy
  • Jesmond Park Academy
  • Callerton Academy
  • Gosforth Junior High Academy
  • Great Park Academy
  • North Gosforth Academy - outside of Newcastle (North Tyneside school)

Consultation opens: 1 October 2021

Consultation closes: 19 November 2021

To respond to the consultation, complete the online form at this website: Gosforth Group Consultation on all Academy Admissions policies for 2023 (

Details of the consultation:

Schools are required to undertake consultation every 7 year period even where no changes are required. Several Gosforth Group schools have reached this milestone for the entry in 2023 Admissions Policy. They have decided to harmonise arrangements and complete this activity for all their schools this autumn.

The main proposed change which already applies to all our admission policies is:

Admissions addendum May 2021

Statutory Changes to the School Admissions Code – with effect from 1 September 2021

As previously, all children whose Education, Health and Care Plan names the school must be admitted. Oversubscription criteria also give the highest priority to looked after and previously looked after children including “those children who appear (to the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted”.

Gosforth Academy’s admissions policy only

The Trust proposes to remove Oversubscription Criterion number 5:

Students with siblings who will be attending the Main Academy or Junior High Academy at the time of admission. Sibling refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister or child of a parent or carer’s partner where the children live at the same address.

To view existing policies please visit Policy page on the school websites. Links to these schools can be found on the consultation page.

Kenton School

Consultation opens: 18 October 2021

Consultation closes: 8 December 2021

To respond to the consultation, contact: 

Details of the consultation:

As the Provider for the school, Kenton Schools Academy Trust Trustees are consulting on:

  • A reduction in the school’s PAN from September 2023
  • An increase in the school’s Additionally Resourced Provision for Communication and Interaction needs

You are invited to comment on the above proposals as detailed in the consultation letters available on the Trust website.  

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