Admissions Policy

Please refer to Northumberland County Council’s Education booklet for detailed information on admissions.

Northumberland County Council School Admissions

Where possible, our practice is to admit children to the Early Years Foundation Stage in Reception class the term after their 4th Birthday.  This is dependent on the current number [and needs] of pupils in the Reception class and varies from year to year.

Children who are 4 years old before the start of the Spring Term (January) may be admitted 5 sessions a week to school as Pre-Reception children from the first day of the Spring Term [space permitting].

Children who are 4 years old before the start of the Summer Term (April / May) may be admitted 5 sessions a week to school as Pre-Reception children from the start of the Summer Term [space permitting].

Children whose birthdays fall before September 1st will be admitted full time into the Reception Class in September.

Transfer from other schools

As long as there are places available, we welcome new children into school over the course of the year.  Parents and Carers who wish their children to join the school mid-year may submit an application by completing an ‘In Year’ application form available from or the school office. 

Please return your completed form to:

The School Admissions Team
County Hall,
NE61 2EF

Telephone: 01670 624889

Parents will be informed by County if a place is available for their children.

15 hours free childcare

All children in England get 570 free hours per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year, but you can choose to take fewer hours over more weeks, for example. You can get it from the term after your child’s 3rd birthday.

30 hours free childcare

You may be able to get up to 30 hours free childcare (1,140 hours per year, which you can choose how you take).

If you’re eligible for the extra hours, you sign up online to get a code to give to your childcare provider to reserve your place. You’ll get the extra hours once the next term starts.


You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:

  • in work - or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave
  • each earning at least the National Minimal Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week - this is £120 if you’re over 25

This earnings limit doesn’t apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago.

You’re not eligible if:

  • your child doesn’t usually live with you
  • the child is your foster child
  • either you or your partner has a taxable income over £100,000

You can get 30 hours free childcare at the same time as claiming Universal Credit, tax credits or childcare vouchers.

If you can't work, you may still be eligible if your partner is working, and you get Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Carer’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.

Click here to check availability and apply for funding.