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School place planning in Newcastle Borough

The borough of Newcastle is made up of two distinct areas:

A two-tier education system, with primary (4-11 years) and secondary (11- 16/18 years) schools, operates throughout the borough.

Printable map of Newcastle borough:

For the purpose of school place planning the district is broken down into smaller planning areas which are used to plan the number of school places required. These have been grouped based on the geographical location of schools, and by assessing pupil movement between schools and catchment areas.




As at September 2020, Newcastle has 30 primary schools, 1 infant school, 1 junior school & 7 secondary schools.  

There are currently proposals to add a further 35 primary school places and 150 additional secondary school places through expansions of existing schools in Newcastle over the next five years. (up to and including 2024/25)

A further 90 places will be available as Hempstalls Primary and St George’s & St Giles Church of England Academy (delivered in September 2016 & September 2017) reach their full capacity.

In the longer term additional school places may be required.

Printable planning cluster map




As at September 2020 Kidsgrove has 9 primary schools and 2 secondary schools.

There are currently no additional places planned within the next five years in Kidsgrove however in the longer term additional school places may be required.

Printable planning cluster map


New schools

There are currently no new schools planned within the next five years in Newcastle borough.

Potentially one new primary school could be delivered beyond the next five years. This school may be required to mitigate the impact of local plan housing.



School expansions

There are two expansion projects in Newcastle borough currently planned in the next five years:

Baldwins Gate CE (VC) Primary

A project to increase the capacity of the school by 35 places received the County Council’s Cabinet approval in April 2018. The expansion project will provide two additional classrooms to provide necessary additional places which are required as a result of new housing in the village of Baldwins Gate.

Planning permission for the extension was granted in June 2018 and work has commenced on site.

Madeley High School

There is a proposed expansion of 150 secondary places with a potential completion for September 2023.



Current consultations

There are currently no live consultations for this area.



Delivered projects

The following projects have been completed since September 2015:

SchoolPlacesDate completed
St Giles and St George’s C of E Academy 210 September 2017
Ravensmead Primary 70 September 2017
St Saviour’s CE  (VC) Primary 35 September 2017
St Luke’s CE (VC) Primary 70 September 2016
Hempstalls Primary 210 September 2016
Thursfield Primary 30 September 2016

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