Berwick Academy


This page gives information about applying for a place at Berwick Academy.  Berwick Academy is a 13-18 High School, with a transition intake at the end of Year 8.

Admissions to the Academy are carried out in conjunction with Northumberland County Council, and we work within the national guidelines on admissions and appeals.  Berwick Academy, as an academy trust, is the Admissions Authority for entrance into the Academy, not the local authority. This means that the Academy is responsible directly to the Department for Education for our method of admitting students and for setting up and adhering to the decisions of an Independent Appeals Panel constituted to Appeals against not being offered a place at Berwick Academy.

Places are offered to prospective Year 9 students at the same time as places are allocated within all other Northumberland secondary schools.

The Published Admission Number for September 2023 is 225.

When oversubscribed, therefore, Berwick allocates 225 places with priority given to the following:

  1. Students with an EHCP which names Berwick Academy as the provider
  2. Students in public care, resident in Northumberland
  3. Students who have a sibling who is already in the Academy
  4. Students with exceptional medical or social needs.
  5. Students who live in the published catchment area for the Academy
  6. Students, on the basis of the closeness of their home’s front door to the front gate of the Academy, measured by walking in the shortest possible line without entering private property.

Preference is given to those who live within the Catchment area as defined by Northumberland County Council and agreed by the Academy.

As well as being asked to fill in application forms for entry, students and the parents of students joining Berwick Academy will be asked to acknowledge their support for the Academy by signing a ‘home – school agreement’. Whilst this is not a condition of entry and has no legal status, it is an important expression of commitment to the purpose, aims and values of the Academy.



My child is in Year 8, I want to apply for a place to start Year 9 at Berwick Academy

Transition applications are completed via the Local Authority’s portal.  More information can be found from the Northumberland County Council website by clicking the link:

The local authority applications portal usually closes on 31st October for admission into Year 9 for the following year.  If you are applying late, there is guidance on the NCC website from the link above, and the late application form is on their website at this link.



My child is in Year 9, 10 or 11 currently at another school, and I would like to apply for a place in year at Berwick Academy

In year applications are handled by Northumberland County Council.  More information can be found from the County Council website by clicking this link:

We are currently accepting in year admissions applications in the following year groups:

  • Year 9
  • Year 10
  • Year 11


My child is in Year 11 at Berwick Academy and they would like to apply for a place in Sixth Form at Berwick Academy

Sixth Form Applications are handled in school.  Year 11 students in school complete an intended destination form, and follow a programme of advice about post 16 destinations.  



My child is in Year 11 at another school, and they would like to apply for a place in Sixth Form at Berwick Academy

Sixth Form Applications from external students are handled within school.  Please see the Sixth Form pages for further information.

Entry into the 6th Form will be open to any student through written application and an interview. An offer of a place will be made, subject to examination results in Key Stage 4. The same priorities in decisions regarding oversubscription will exist as those in place for Year 9. External applicants will only be offered a place after all students from Berwick’s own Year 11 have had their destinations resolved.



Further information

Our transition booklet gives further information about moving into Berwick Academy.

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