The Governing Body of Cardinal Hume Catholic School is the admissions authority and has responsibility for its own admissions.  The local authority undertakes the coordination of admission arrangements on our behalf.

Entry into Year 7 – September 2018

The secondary schools admissions is now open.  For further information about school admissions and how to apply for a place for September 2018 please follow the link below or contact the school admissions team at Gateshead Council.

 Secondary Admissions Timeline

8th September 2017 – Information available on Councils website, online system opens for parents to apply online

31st October 2017 – Closing date for returning applications

1st March 2018 – Offer letters and emails sent to parents

15 March 2018 – Parents must accept places (Replies should be sent directly to Local Authority not the school)

23rd March 2018 – Any vacancies arising will be offered from the waiting list

April/May 2018 – Appeals heard

For more details, please refer to our admissions policy – Admissions Policy Summary 17-18

Waiting Lists

If your child is unsuccessful in gaining a place at Cardinal Hume Catholic School, you may request that your child is placed onto the schools waiting list, which will be maintained according to the schools admissions criteria.

Children will be grouped according to the published criterion.  The length of time someone has been on the waiting list will not be taken into account for the purpose of the allocation of places.  The school will continue to maintain the waiting list during the corresponding school year and outside the normal year of entry.

Each time a place (or places) becomes available at the school while a child is on the waiting list then a new round of electronic random allocation will take place within each category to determine a child’s position.

In-Year Transfers

Anybody wishing to apply to Cardinal Hume Catholic School for a place outside of the normal admission round will need to do so by contacting the school admissions team at Gateshead Council.

Fair Access Panel

It is a matter of Law that all Local Authorities should have a Fair Access Panel whose remit is to allocate children to a school who do not already have a school place.  This will include pupils who have been previously excluded from another school, or have just moved into the area and have been unable to secure a place by applying directly to a school.

For further information about the Fair Access Panel please click here.


An Appeal can only be made after you have received written confirmation refusing your child a place at your preferred school.

If you wish to appeal against the decision you should contact the school direct to request a ‘Notice of Appeal’ form.  Once completed this should be returned to school before the date shown below.

Appeals are administered on our behalf by Gateshead Council, who will make contact with you directly shortly after submitting your appeal to school.  They will make arrangements for your Appeal to be heard.  The Appeal Hearings will be heard at Gateshead Council offices.

September 2018 Entry

Appeals resulting from secondary transfer applications for admission in September 2018 will be heard according to the following timetable:

Allocation Day Appeals Lodged by Appeals to be heard
1st March 2018 31st March 2018 April – May 2018

(exact date/s to be confirmed)

  • Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.
  • Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least 10 clear school days in advance of the hearing.
  • Appellants will be sent a copy of the school’s case 7 working days in advance of the hearing.

In Year Appeals

Appeals resulting from in year admission applications will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Click here for further advice on Appeals.

For further information or to speak to school direct please contact:

Mrs L Grainger, Admissions Officer,

Cardinal Hume Catholic School, Old Durham Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE9 6RZ.

Tel: 0191 487 7638