Admissions for Year 7 in 2021

The deadline for applications passed on Thursday 20th May 2021 at 12.00pm. Any applications received now will be treated as late applications. As we are oversubscribed, this means you would be added to our waiting list once we open on August 31st 2021.


If you would still like to apply, please fill in this short online form.

Please make sure that you read the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section below.

You can find out more about XP Gateshead and our other schools here.


Frequently Asked Questions around admissions

How do I apply for a Year 7 place in 2022?

Applications for 2022 will be part of your regular local authority admissions process. 

Will the school open in 2021?

We are on track to open the school on August 31st 2021. We are now in the pre-opening phase as our bid has been approved. We are now working towards entering into a funding agreement with the Secretary of State which is the last step in confirming the opening in 2021.

Can I still apply now even though deadline has passed?

Yes, but as we are oversubscribed this would mean that you would be added to our waiting list. If a place became available after we open, then we would draw a name at random from our waiting list to fill that place.

When was the deadline for applying to XP Gateshead?

Thursday 20th May at 12pm midday

Will we be contacted if we are not successful?

Until we have filled all 50 places, we will not contact. This is because some families may decline the offer, in which place we would go to our waiting list.

If I am successful should I decline the offer from the Local Authority?

No, our admissions sit outside of the local process for our first year of opening. You do not need to do anything for now. Once the funding agreement for our school is signed the offer will then be transferred and your son or daughter will be registered with XP Gateshead.

Will the school be at the old Thomas Hepburn site?

Yes this has been agreed. We will use one block of the building as temporary accommodation whilst the DfE and Local Authority work out how to reconfigure the site for our use. 

How do I make a late application 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?

Demand for the limited places at XP Gateshead was very high. It is important that you have a guaranteed offer from your local authority.

I applied to other schools in Gateshead, did this affect our application to XP Gateshead.

Absolutely not, after our oversubscription categories 1-3, families in the catchment area had an equal chance of being successful regardless of any other applications.

Can we apply for a place for September 2021 or 2022 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 can be read here.

What happens when more than 50 pupils apply for places?

We expect demand for places to exceed the 50 places we can offer in every year that we are open. In this instance we will use the oversubscription criteria to offers for places at XP Gateshead. After priority for looked after children, children of staff and children that have siblings at the school, places for children living within the catchment area will be allocated randomly on a lottery basis.