Primary Admissions

When to start School

Parents are required to send their child to school no later than the beginning of the school year (i.e. September) in which they become five years old. This means that all children can spend the same length of time in primary schools, irrespective of their date of birth.

The birth dates of children admitted into Reception:

- in September 2020 between 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016

- in September 2021 between 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2017

Applications for Reception places are processed through Gateshead Council’s online school admission system,, where you can access their information booklet and other useful links about education in Gateshead. If you have any queries regarding the admission process, please contact the School Admissions Team on: 0191 433 2775 or 433 2756.

School Transfers

If you would like to transfer your child to Portobello Primary from another school, please contact the Behaviour and Attendance Improvement Team at The Dryden Centre on: 0191 433 8589 or 0191 433 8587. See link below re: In Year Transfer Requests

 Additional Information

We are happy to answer any questions you may have or give a tour of the school, please contact Mrs J Lister our School Business Manager  on 0191 4104571 or send an email to school: