Main School Admissions
The Governing Body of Morpeth All Saints Church of England Voluntary Aided First School is the Admissions Authority for the school and intend to admit up to 45 pupils to the reception year group in September 2021/2022. This arrangement follows consultation between the governing body, the Local Authority, all other schools in the area. Morpeth All Saints CE Aided First School follows the admissions procedures of Northumberland County Coucil for parents/carers of all children in compliance with the School Admissions Code 2014 (DfE).
Reception Admissions Timetable September 2021
1 November 2020
Northumberland County Council application portal for a place in Reception opens, even if your child attends the school Nursery.
15 January 2021
Closing date for all applications to be received by the Local Authority.
16 April 2021
National Offer Day.
2 May 2021
Deadline for parents to refuse the school place.
8 May 2021
Any places that become available are allocated in criteria order (on time applicants).
19 May 2021
Deadline for submission of appeals
16 July 2021
All on time appeals to be heard by this date.
31 December 2021
No waiting lists held by the Local Authority after this date.
Temporary Arrangements to Appeal Hearings during Covid-19
In April 2020 the Government made emergency regulations which temporarily amended the 2012 regulations to give admission authorities, local authorities and appeal panels some additional flexibility when dealing with appeals during the Covid-19 outbreak and to ensure that appeal timetables work in light of school closures. The emergency regulations were called The School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (the 2020 regulations). They temporarily amended the 2012 regulations. These were due to expire on 31 January 2021, however, as the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are likely to be in place longer than was first envisaged, the Government have extended these regulations so the temporary arrangements now apply until 30 September 2021. The new regulations are called The School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2021.
Please note that the temporary regulations and guidance only apply where it is not reasonably practicable to comply with the School Admission Appeals Code for a reason relating to the incidence or transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Therefore, any extension will not mean the flexibility will be available for all admission authorities to use all the time. It will mean the temporary arrangements are available to use when they are needed – when they are not, the duty to comply with the Schools Admission (Appeal Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012 and the School Admission Appeals Code remains. The 2021 regulations will remain in force until 30 September 2021.
In Year Admissions
In-year admissions are those that take place other than the normal time of entry to the school.
When is a child required to start school?
The School Admissions Code requires school admission authorities to provide for the admission of all
children in the September following their fourth birthday. However, a child is not required to start school until they have reached compulsory school age following their fifth birthday. For summer born children this is almost a full school year after the point at which they could first be admitted.
What flexibility is there for parents who don’t feel their child is ready to start school in the
September following their fourth birthday?
Some parents may feel their child is not ready to start school in the September following their fourth birthday. You can decide that your child attends part-time until he/she reaches compulsory school age, or that the date your child is admitted to school is deferred until later in the same academic year. Your child must, however, start school full time in the term after its fifth birthday.
Pupils commence in our Nursery the term after their third birthday. Please complete a registration form; you may either download the form below, telephone, email or visit the main school office to receive one. We hold your application on file and 3 months before your child is due to commence we will write and invite you to one of our opening mornings. These events are held in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. Your child will then have the opportunity to attend a taster session before they commence.
We are also able to offer a number additional paid top up nursery sessions - for further information please see section below. Please don't hesitate to contact us for further information.
30 hours of free childcare for eligible families
From September 2016 to July 2017 Morpeth All Saints CE Aided First School took part in the Northumberland County Council pilot scheme to operate 30 hours free childcare for eligible families. However, following a full appraisal we are unable to offer this provision based on staffing requirements. We will continue to provide our existing 15 hour entitlement and also operate under our community powers a number of paid additional top up sessions. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Further information on availability of 30 hour places can be found at:
Due to a pressure on places within the middle schools in the Morpeth Partnership, the Governing Body of the Three Rivers Multi-Academy Trust will be increasing places at Chantry Middle School from September 2018; details of this will be published on the Trust’s website.
As Headteacher of Morpeth All Saints Church of England First School, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our vibrant, caring and happy school. At Morpeth All Saints we strive to enable all children within our care to achieve their very best, fully utilising their God given gifts and talents.Read More of the school welcome page