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Our Admissions policy has been formally adopted by the Governing Body of St Alban’s Catholic primary School, Pelaw. The Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for determining the school’s admissions policy.  Please read the policy carefully as this clearly outlines our selection process and oversubscription criteria.  Our Admission Policies also explain the process for in-year transfers. The Planned Admission Number (PAN) is 30.

In-Year Applications

An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places. 

Parents with children of statutory school age who either

  • move into Gateshead and need a school place,
  • or are resident in Gateshead and wish to change their child’s school,

must complete a school transfer application form. Paper copies are available from the School Admissions Team on telephone number 0191 433 8589.

If you are moving to a new house, a copy of the exchange of contracts or a rental agreement will be needed before the new address is considered.

School places cannot be offered on the basis of intended future changes of address unless the relevant documentary evidence can be provided

Year groups in some schools may be full and may not have places available when you move house or decide to transfer your child from one school to another. Unfortunately, places cannot be held back for parents who decide in the future to move into a particular area.

The offer of a place at any school is dependent on the availability of places in the relevant year group at the time of application.

Application form and process

If you need a place in a Gateshead school you must complete a school transfer application form. The application form allows you to express a preference for up to three schools in Gateshead.

  • All persons with parental responsibility for the child must agree to the request before the form is completed.
  • Section A and C of the form must be complete before the form can be processed.
  • If you are new to the UK from overseas, or are moving to the UK within the next 6 weeks, you must also complete Section B of the form. Attach the relevant documents as evidence, for example child’s passport or ID card.
  • Send the completed form to your child’s current school where possible for them to complete Section C. They will then forward the completed form to the School Admissions Team.
  • Once your form has been received, a copy will be sent to the relevant schools. Primary and secondary schools both have 10 school days to respond to the request, advising if a place is available.
  • If any of your preferences are for a faith school, they may contact you for further information to verify your child’s religion.
  • You can complete a school transfer form up to a maximum of six weeks before the school place is needed. If your request is for your child to transfer school at the start of a new academic year, for example September, you can complete a form for a school transfer by June of that year. You have up to six weeks before the start of the summer holidays.
  • There is no guarantee that your child will be offered a place at one of your chosen schools. This will depend on the availability of places at the schools you request.
  • You will be notified of the outcome of your request.

Additional Information

Evidence checklist for in-year school application

Serving members of the UK armed forces or crown servants

Looked after children (LAC), previously looked after children and children in state care outside of England who have been adopted

Medical evidence

Proof of parental responsibility

Refusals and appeals

Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

Fair Access Protocol

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Updated | 9th February, 2024 |

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