Information about our Nursery and Reception Class for September 2024 (If your child was born between 1st September 2019- 31st August 2020)

Gateshead Council Primary Schools Admission Policy

Barley Mow Primary School has an admission limit of 30 pupils in Reception.

We allocate places at Community Primary, Infant and Junior Schools using the policy below and co-ordinate admissions to Gateshead schools using the co-ordinated admission scheme.

The policy is as follows:

Your child will start school at the beginning of the academic year in which they reach the age of five. (An academic year lasts from 1 September in one year to 31 August the following year). Children are entitled to a full time place as soon as they start school, however in most schools, the first term will include an induction period, (a period for your child to get used to school life gradually, generally lasting from September to October). Although, you may request that your child attends school part-time until later in the school year, but not beyond the point that your child reaches compulsory school age.

In addition you may request that your child be admitted to school later in the school year following September 2023, but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age and not beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year (i.e. April 2024).

We will accept pupils up to the schools agreed Planned Admission Number (PAN) for the year group unless we feel there are lawful grounds not to do so.

Admission of children outside their normal age group

Parents may request that their child is admitted to school later in the school year following September 2024, but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age, and not beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year.

All cases of admission of children outside their normal age group must be discussed with the LA prior to the application being made.

Such requests must be made on the Common Application Form which is available from 8th  September until 15th January 2024. You must detail the circumstances of your case and include any supporting information from relevant professionals. The LA will consider each case individually and you will be notified of the outcome of your request on 16th April 2024.

Over -subscription Criteria

We will consider applications from parents who have named the school as any ranked preference on their application form; this is called the equal preference system. If there are more applications than number of spaces available at the school we will allocate places by using the following :

Order of Priority:

Criteria 1

Children in Public Care (and as deemed under Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) including a child who was previously ” looked after” but immediately after being “looked after” became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order (see definition*).

Criteria 2

Children who appear to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.

Criteria 3

Children who live in the school’s catchment area and who will have a brother or sister at the school, or at the feeder junior school during the coming academic year (see definition*).

Criteria 4

Other children who live in the catchment area.

Criteria 5

Other children who will have a brother or sister at the school or at the feeder junior school during the coming academic year (see definition*).

Criteria 6

Other children who have exceptional medical or social grounds see point 1 below.

Criteria 7

All other children.

(* see definitions of our criteria in priority 1,3  and 5 above at

Point 1

We can consider exceptional individual applications, particularly in cases involving medical or social needs. If you wish to apply on medical or social grounds you must provide written evidence from relevant registered health professionals i.e. a doctor or social worker. The evidence must demonstrate why the chosen school is more appropriate and what difficulties would be caused if they were to travel to and attend alternative schools. We will not consider such applications if the relevant professional evidence is not provided. The evidence will be presented at the primary Fair Access Panel for consideration. No assumption should be made that submission of the relevant evidence will be, in itself, sufficient to allocate a place.

Address- for the purposes of deciding whether a child lives in the catchment area of a school we will use the legal parent or legal guardian’s address or the address of a relevant adult who has parental responsibility, as defined under the 1989 Children’s Act, for the child.

Tie Breaker

If within any of the above criteria, there are more applicants than places available priority will be given to those children based on distance they live from the school, measure “as the crow flies” i.e. in a straight line from the centre of the home residence to the school’s main entrance. Children living the nearest to the school will have priority. We measure the distance using a geographical information sysyem (GIS). where two or more applicants share the exact same distance, a random allocation process will be used to determine the ranked order of the applications in question.

Waiting List

If places become available, we will consider all relevant applications based on a waiting list. The waiting list will be maintained by the council from the start of the academic year and be kept for the rest of the academic year. All applicants on the waiting list are placed according to the admission criteria and priorities set out above. However, children who are the subject of a direction to admit by the LA or who have been referred for admission and have been allocated a place through the Fair Access Protocols will take precedence over any child on the waiting list.

Application Dates

From 8th September 2023 Gateshead residents can apply online at Online applications must be submitted by 15th January 2024. Alternatively, parents can request a paper application from the School Admissions Team on 0191 433 2757.

Offer date

A letter will be sent to parent’s resident in Gateshead on or around 16th April 2024 informing them of the school they have been offered for their child.


Gateshead Council Primary school admissions homepage


Nursery Admissions/ 30 Hours Provision

At Barley Mow Nursery, we offer both morning and afternoon places (15 hours provision) as well as 30 hours provision for those families who are eligible, which gives full time provision. Children can begin Nursery the day after their third birthday.

We believe that the Nursery early education is the foundation of your child’s learning journey. We strive to provide children with an outstanding, wide range of rich and valuable learning experiences.

Barley Mow Nursery is led by an experienced qualified teacher who has an in-depth knowledge of how children learn within Early Years. Please note this is not a requirement for private nursery settings.

Session Organisation

Once a child turns three they are entitled to 15 free hours of early education provision. At Barley Mow School Nursery, we offer 5 sessions a week, morning and afternoon, each session lasting 3 hours.

Morning sessions run from 8.50am-12am

Afternoon sessions run from 12.15pm-3.20pm

30 hours Provision

We now provide 30 hours provision to children aged 3-4 for working families. To help support parents we provide slightly more than 30 hours to fit in with the wider school day.

30 hours provision sessions are on Monday to Friday, 8.50am-3.20pm.

Please click the link below to find out if you are eligible and follow the instructions of how to receive your 30 hours provision voucher.

Application Process

To apply for Barley Mow School Nursery please see below for the application form or you are welcome to pick up an application and welcome pack from the school office.

Nursery Admissions Policy 2023-2024

Nursery Application

If you would like to visit the school for a tour, please contact the school office on 0191 4102758 and we would be delighted to organise a visit for you.

30 hours

As our Nursery and Reception classes work very closely together, the transition for children into Primary School is very smooth.

Children who have not attended our Nursery are invited to make as many visits as is felt necessary, accompanied by parents.

Parents of new starters are invited to an Open Evening where they will meet the staff, explore the classroom and outdoor environment, receive more information about the School, including details of our staggered entry system. This is also an excellent opportunity to complete relevant school contact forms etc.

Depending on the availability of places, mid-year transitions can be arranged for children moving into the area or changing school etc. The first point of contact is with the school office to discuss whether or not the school can accommodate the transfer prior to contacting the Local Authority.

Free school meals are immediately available for all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children.