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Reception & Nursery school tours 

For those wanting to join our school from September 2022, we are pleased to welcome prospective Nursery and Reception parents to visit the school as we return to face-to-face tours.
We invite prospective parents to book an appointment to see all the exciting things that Burnside has to offer

For in-year admissions, families are invited to visit us once a formal offer of a place has been made by Northumberland  Council. 


Joining Burnside Nursery

Burnside Nursery offers learning within a teacher-led school setting for 3 and 4 year old children. All admissions to Nursery are managed by the school. 

Find out more about joining our Nursery by telephoning 01670 736 052 and speaking with Mrs Shaw, Nursery Manager,  Assistant Headteacher. To apply for a Nursery place please use the form below.


Joining Burnside School

Northumberland County Council manage all our admissions. 


Admissions Criteria

Northumberland Council makes decisions for admissions to Burnside for pupils entering Reception to Year 6, in-line with all local community Primary schools.  Parents who want their child to join Burnside should contact Northumberland Council to find out about admission arrangements and waiting lists.



Joining Burnside from another local school or moving into the area 

Some children join Burnside from other local schools, from schools elsewhere in the UK or from overseas during the school year, all known as 'in-year' admissions. 


We admit:

  • 60 children into each age group in Reception, years 1 & 2, organised into 2 classes. There are up to 30 pupils in each class.

  • 60 children into each age group in years 3, 4, 5 & 6, organised into 2 classes. There may on occassion be up to 32 pupils in a class.


Children who are not offered a place in Reception, years 1 or 2, may have another chance to join Burnside from year 3 because there is a possibility of larger class sizes.


Universal 15 hours government funded (“free”) childcare

For all families in England:

  • 15 hours of “free” childcare or early education for 38 weeks
  • with 3 and 4-year-old children from the term after the child’s 3rd birthday which must fall before the relevant cut-off date in order to receive the funding the following term. These dates are:

31st August for the Autumn term (September – December)

31st December for the Spring term (January – March/April)

31st March for the Summer term (April – July)



Additional 15 hours government funded (“free”)childcare

For families where:

  • both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family);
  • each parent has a weekly minimum income equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or living wage (£131 per week minimum) and neither parent has an income of more than £100,000 per year.


Additional eligibility applies to:

  • parents temporarily away from the workplace
  • parents with caring responsibility or disability

Funding is not dependent on receipt of other benefits

Funding can only be used for afternoon sessions during term time

Nursery Application

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