If your child is currently in Year 6 and you would like to apply for a place at XP Gateshead for Year 7 entry in September 2021, please fill in this short online form.
Please make sure that you read the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section below.
UPDATE: We have now been approved to move into the pre-opening phase. It remains our intention to open in September 2021.
You can find out more about XP Gateshead and our other schools here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will the school open in September 2021?
We are planning to open the school in September 2021. We are now in the pre-opening phase. We are now working towards entering into a funding agreement with the Secretary of State. Once this is signed we will be able to confirm the opening date.
I previously filled in the online form above, what happens now?
Once our admissions policy is finalised we will contact you to ask whether you wish to continue with your application. If you have already filled in the form, there is nothing that you need to do.
Can I still apply now even though the Local Authority deadline has passed?
Yes, please do! The first year of admissions will sit outside of the local authority process.
Will there be a deadline for applying to XP Gateshead?
Yes, we will confirm this date as soon as we can. We want to make sure that as many families have the opportunity to apply as possible.
Will I find out if my son or daughter has a place at the same time as the local authority offer in March 2021?
We will do our best to work to this deadline, however it may be that we need to make our offers after this date. Allowances are made by the government to offer places later than the local authority in our first year of opening.
What if I accept a place at another school, and then after March I am offered a place at XP Gateshead?
As mentioned above our admissions sit outside of the local process for our first year of opening, so you would then be able to accept either the local authority place or our offer.
Will the school be at the old Thomas Hepburn site?
We are confident that this will be agreed. Approval of the use of this site is now going through due process during the pre-opening phase.
How do I apply for a place for my child?
You apply directly to us using this online form.
Why did I still need to apply for other Gateshead schools in the normal way?
We expect high demand for the limited places at XP Gateshead. It is important that you have a guaranteed offer from your local authority.
If I have applied to other schools in Gateshead, will this affect our application to XP Gateshead.
Absolutely not, you have the same chance as any other family applying to XP Gateshead.
If you were successful in applying for a place at XP Gateshead, you would then have the option to take up either the place at XP Gateshead or the place offered by your local authority.
Can we apply for a Year 7 place for September 2022 now?
Not yet. The following year’s admissions will be part of the normal local authority’s coordinated arrangements.
Can we apply for a place for September 2021 for year groups other than Year 7 entry?
No. Our plan is to grow the school year by year, so at the moment we are only taking details from parents of children currently in Year 6.
What is your admissions policy?
Our admissions policy is in draft form at the moment. It can be read here.
We will publish a finalised admissions policy at the earliest opportunity.
What happens if more than 50 pupils apply for places?
We do expect demand for places to exceed the 50 places we can offer. In this instance offers for places at XP Gateshead will be allocated randomly on a lottery basis. This process will be overseen by the Local Authority to ensure transparency.