What to do if you’d like your child to attend Grace Darling Primary School

Published Admissions Number (PAN) = 420

For Parents / Carers wishing to apply for a place at The Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust outside the normal admissions window, an In-Term Admissions form (Immediate Admissions) can now be completed online here.

Please note: Parents and carers should be aware that completion of the online form does not guarantee a place at the school.


Children aged two and three are eligible to be admitted to Grace Darling Primary school’s Early Years Centre. The maximum number of children at each session is 20 in the morning session and 20 in the afternoon session. Preference will be given to children with LA funding.

Click here to download an application form for the 2 Year Old Provision


Children will normally be admitted to our nursery provision the term after their 3rd birthday.

Attendance at the school’s part time nursery provision does not guarantee admission to the school for primary education and a separate application must be made for transfer from the nursery provision to primary provision.

Click here to download a Nursery Application Form


Click here to apply for a place in Reception.
Other Primary Schools within the NCEA Trust include:

  • James Knott Primary School (Norham Road, Ashington)
  • Bishop’s Primary School (formerly Josephine Butler Campus) (Academy Road, Ashington)
  • William Leech Primary School (Church Square, Lynemouth)
  • Thomas Bewick Primary School (Moorhouse Lane, Ashington)
  • Warkworth C of E Primary School (Guilden Road, Warkworth)


Because the school only admits Reception as a whole year group, any other applicants for pupils not entering Reception in September are classed as casual admissions. These include September admissions to year groups other than Reception and any admissions in the middle of an academic year.

Students with an education, health and care plan (EHCP) in which The Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust is named will be admitted.

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the criteria as set out in the school’s Admissions Procedure document.

For more information about the SEND provision at Grace Darling Primary School, click here.

Admissions Procedure and Appeals

The Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust follows the Northumberland County Council admissions procedures for admission to Grace Darling Primary School. The school complies with the School Admission Code September 2021 issued by the Department for Education.

For admission queries, please contact:

Grace Darling Primary School
Central Parkway
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Northumberland
NE64 6RT

Telephone: 01670 812019

The Appeals Panel for admission to the school is convened at the request of parents to consider the merits of their individual cases.

Appeals for admission into Reception in September 2022 must be received by 20th May. Appeal hearings will take place week commencing 23rd May 2022.