Great Park Update: June 2017

19 June 2017

Here are some important changes to our original post of July 2016.

When will GGPA open?

We are now working with the Department for Education towards an opening date of September 2020, not 2018 as we had previously hoped. Therefore, September 2020 is when the first pupils (year 5 and year 9) will be admitted to GGPA (see later: How many pupils will be accommodated at GGPA?).

How do I apply officially for my child to join GGPA?

Admissions arrangements have been submitted for approval. When these have been approved by the DfE, we will inform all interested parties as to the criteria for admission and the process for application for admission. These details will be published on our website and on the website of Newcastle Local Authority.

The closing date for applications for September 2020 entry is 31 October 2019 and offers will be made on 1 March 2020. Initially, offers will be conditional until the final funding agreement for the new school is signed by the Secretary of State for Education. Typically, this happens in the second half of the spring term for a school opening in September.

How many pupils will be accommodated at GGPA?

Initially, GGPA will recruit 60 pupils into year 5 & 60 pupils into year 9 from September 2020. Following a gradual and carefully coordinated increase of pupil numbers, it is anticipated that we will have reached full capacity at 1200 students in 2026. This will comprise of 120 pupils in each of years 5, 6, 7 and 8 and 240 pupils in each of years 9, 10 and 11.

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