What to do if you’d like your child to attend Bishop’s 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 Bishop’s 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)
  • Thomas Bewick Primary School (Moorhouse Lane, Ashington)
  • Grace Darling Primary School (Central Parkway, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea)
  • William Leech Primary School (Church Square, Lynemouth)
  • 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 Bishop’s 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 Bishop’s Primary School. The school complies with the School Admission Code February 2014 issued by the Department for Education.

For admission queries, please contact Kerry Gibson at:

Bishop’s Primary School
Josephine Butler Campus
Academy Road
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 9FZ

Telephone: 01670 844323
Email: adminjbp@bishops.ncea.org.uk

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 to Bishop’s Primary School for September 2021 must be received by April 30th 2021.  Appeal hearings will take place week commencing 24th May 2021.

Allocation appeals for admission into Reception in September 2021 must be received by 19th May.  Appeal hearings will take place week commencing 24th May 2021.