Consultation update

As many of you will know, we have been approved to move into the pre-opening stage and are now consulting with you to get your views on our proposal to open XP Gateshead in September 2021.

Draft versions of our policies for XP Gateshead, our trust policies and indicative policies from our existing secondary schools have now been added to our consultation page on this website.

If you have not, or someone you know has not yet already filled in the consultation form, please do so.

Your views are really important to us and will assist us in making the case to the Secretary of State to enter into a funding agreement with us. This is the final major step in the process of our application to opening the school and will give confirmation that the school will open in September 2021.

We will have more details in the next week about two further online consultation events.

The first event will be for families. During this event we will be able to give further details of our timeline for admissions and when we will offer place to children for September 2021.

The second event will be for wider stakeholders and interested parties.

The support and overwhelmingly positive messages we have received so far have been gratefully received.



Section 10 Consultation – have your say

XP Gateshead is currently in the pre-opening phase of the Free School process, to open in September 2021. As part of this pre-opening process we are now launching our statutory consultation under Section 10 of The Academies Act 2010.

We are delighted to be able to start this consultation with you, as it offers us an opportunity to share our plans with you over the next 6 weeks and gives you an opportunity to feedback to us.

To give us your views and for more information on the consultation process, please visit the Consultation Page on our website.

Admissions for September 2021 – Year 6 Parents

Year 6 parents

On Monday 1st March you will receive your offer for a secondary school place from the Local Authority for September 2021.

It is important to note that this offer does not affect any application to XP Gateshead.

Now that we have been approved to open, we will publish a deadline for applications to XP Gateshead as soon as we can.

If you are successful in your application to XP Gateshead, you will then be able to accept our offer instead of the offer from the Local Authority.

More details can be found in the frequently asked questions section of our admissions page.

If you would like any further information please contact

XP Gateshead – new Free School gets the go ahead

In a new wave of Free Schools announced today by the Department for Education, XP Gateshead has been approved and aims to open this September. The new school is part of the XP School Trust, 

XP Gateshead is an exciting and innovative new secondary school for 11-16 year olds. The school will be based on the same model as the strikingly successful XP schools in Doncaster. Initially the school will open with 50 students in Year 7.

Students at XP Gateshead will follow a curriculum that focuses on character development, academic success and the creation of beautiful work that connects them to and improves their community.

The aim is for the school to be based at the former Thomas Hepburn Community Academy site in Gateshead.

Gwyn ap Harri CEO of the XP Schools Trust commented:

“We’re thrilled with this news. We know from the fantastic feedback from the local community in Gateshead earlier this year, that there is strong support for our plans for the school.”

“The school will address a need for secondary places and hopefully use an existing school building that has been mothballed. It’s a win win.”

“We are looking forward to working with families, students, the community and the local authority in the coming months and years, to make XP Gateshead a positive addition to the educational offer in the North East and a beacon for beautiful work and exceptional outcomes.”

More announcements about the school will follow in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your support

Find the template to write a letter of support for our application to the Secretary of State here:

As discussed in our live stream this evening, COVID-related delays mean that we are still waiting for approval.

We have a vacant school building, we have a great model, we have fantastic local community support, we are ready to go.

We will post a link to the recording of the live stream when it has been processed on Youtube.

Thank you again.