Admissions

At Valley Gardens Middle School we are proud of the academic and social opportunities we provide our local community, and this page contains information for parent/carers who may wish to apply to join our school.  You can also find information on admissions, including the latest documentation available, on the North Tyneside website:

North Tyneside Admissions Website


Admissions Overview

The official PAN (Published Admissions Number) for the school is 180 but since 2017 the school has gone over PAN to 192 pupils per year group each year to provide increased opportunity to our local community.  These numbers allow us to keep class sizes to no larger than 32 whilst maintaining a six form-class entry per year group and ensuring continued safety for staff and pupils.  The school cannot exceed these numbers without prejudicing the provision of education we can offer – but we still wish to offer as many children as possible an opportunity to attend our school.

The school is extremely popular and remains yearly over-subscribed.  We receive in excess of 200 applications per academic year for entry into Year 5 and numerous requests for a place in other year groups as people move into the area.

The school does not operate a waiting list, (except in Year 5 from September to December) but if pupils leave the school during the academic year and a place becomes available, parent/carers are free to apply using an in-year transfer form and a place will be allocated if available.

How we consider applications for every age group and select pupils for places

Valley Gardens Middle School is its own admissions authority. However, the school’s admissions procedures are still handled by North Tyneside Local Authority for application into Year 5 each year.

Once applications are completed, the local authority applies its criteria for ranking pupils and allocates pupils to our school. The local authority then retains the job of allocating any further places if any vacancies arise from September to December, after which this role is fulfilled by the school.

In subsequent year groups (years 6-8), where vacancies occur, the school is responsible for offering places. If a place is available and an in-year transfer form has been completed, the school will offer a place.  If there are more requests than available places, the school will apply the Published Admissions Criteria to determine the order in which places should be allocated. (outlined below)

What parents should do if they would like to apply for a place for their child

If you would like your child to attend Valley Gardens Middle School, you will need to fill in an application form which are available from the Local Authority’s website at the link below :

Click here to view the essential admissions guide for schools

What are our oversubscription criteria?

The Published Admission Number (PAN) for Valley Gardens Middle School is 180, though the school has gone over PAN in all year groups to a maximum of 192.

Where the school receives more applications than places available the following admission criteria are used to decide on admission to the school.

The School operates an equal preference system for processing parental preferences. In accordance with the Education Act 1996, children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs are required to be admitted to the school named in the statement and with effect from September 2014 those children with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Thereafter the following oversubscription criteria will apply.

Oversubscription Criteria

  1. Looked after children in the care of a local authority or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. See Note 1 below.
  2. Pupils who live within the catchment area of the school (pupils in this category with a sibling link (an older brother or sister) who will be attending the school in September 2016 will be given priority).
  3. Sibling link (an older brother or sister ) to include adoptive siblings, half siblings, step siblings and long term fostered children residing at the same address and who will be attending the school in September 2016.
  4. Shortest distance measured as a straight line from a single fixed central point of the home address (including flats) to the central point of the school using the Local Land and Property Gazetteer and the Council’s Geographical Information System (GIS) system. N.B The above distance measurement will also be used as a ‘tiebreaker’ within each criterion, if necessary. In the case of flats if there is more than one home address with the same measurement the flat with the lowest number will be offered the place. In all other cases of the same measurement, random allocation will be used.

NOTE 1. A looked after child is a child who is in the care of a local authority in accordance with section 22 of the Children Act 1989 at the time the application for admission to school is made and whom the local authority has confirmed will still be looked after at the date of admission. An adoption order is an order made under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. A residence order is an order outlining the arrangements as to the person with whom the child will live under section 8 of the Children Act 1989. A special guardianship order is an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian or guardians.

How parents can find our more about our admission arrangements from the local authority

Click on the link below to visit the North Tyneside Admissions page on their website.

North Tyneside Admissions

Alternatively you may find the information you are looking for in the Local Authority’s essential guide :

North Tyneside Essential Guide to Schools

Admissions information can be found in the following documents

2019-2021 Admissions

Full list of Determined admissions arrangements

Admissions Timetable

Click here for the Admissions Timetable

Online Applications Form

Click here for the Online Applications Form

Admission Appeals

In accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code, the governing body as the admission authority for Learning Trust Schools and Academies must set a timetable for organising and hearing education appeals.

Appeals Timetable 2020-22

Admission Policy Middle and High Trust Schools September 2020

Determined Co-ordinated Admission Scheme for Middle and High Schools 2020