School Admissions - Primary (First) School Places

There are over 3000 children who are starting Primary (First) school in Northumberland each year.


If the number of places at each school in Northumberland were unlimited, then every child would be able to attend their preferred primary (first) school, but unfortunately this is not the case. The number of children each school can accept is limited, and the Council cannot guarantee that a place will be available at your preferred school.


The Government has introduced class size legislation for Reception, Y1 or Y2 children.  Children of infant age should not be taught in a class of over 30 pupils for a normal teaching session.


If you cannot be allocated a place at your preferred school, consideration will be given to your named alternative on your application.


More detail can be found on the Northumberland admissions page:

Northumberland school admissions


Parents who are applying online will be able to register using the link below:

The online portal for reception in first and primary school places is open from the 1 November and you can apply using the link below. (You must complete an application for a place in a Reception class even if your child attends the school nursery.)

Online Admissions Portal (for reception places)


Forms received after the closing date will be treated as late applications (further details can be found in the admissions handbook). 

You should be aware that if you do not select to receive a reply when completing the form, you will not receive an email on "offers day".

Parents can request a paper form from the admissions team on 01670 624889 


Admissions to Nursery


Northburn has a thriving and innovative nursery provision. We have morning, afternoon and 30 hour places.

Shown below is a link to Northburn's Nursery admissions policy. (Forms and further information are available from the school office.)


Moving Schools (in year applications)


Northumberland County Council in year transfers


Admissions Appeals

How to appeal a school place decision


Northumberland County Council Appeals Page