Durham County Council (DCC), schools and academies in County Durham have agreed their admission arrangements starting from September 2020. This includes information on how school places are offered (known as the coordinated admissions scheme), number of school places available at each school, admission policy and oversubscription criteria. DCC have a statutory duty to make sure that there are sufficient school places available in County Durham for every child whose parents/carers wish them to have one. DCC work in partnership with schools and academies to make sure parental preference can be met as far as possible.
This document explains the Durham County Council admission policy and oversubscription criteria:
Primary and Secondary School Admission Guide 2021-22
Primary and Secondary School Admission Guide 2022-23
Visit the Durham County Council website for information regarding the school admission process and primary school admissions. To appeal against an admission decision visit: School admissions-appeals.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
We are dedicated to meeting the needs of all children including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We would ask parents to discuss the identified needs with the school prior to starting so that appropriate intervention and support can be planned and implemented. Advice from the LA or other agencies may be requested to ensure any school can meet the needs appropriately.
Children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (or Statement) of Special Educational Needs follow a different admission and transfer process for a new school. Please continue to complete Durham County Council’s parental preference form, as part of the admission process to a new school. You continue to have the right to request a particular school and this will be considered alongside the information that we have about your child’s special educational needs. The information would have been provided as part of the Education, Health and Care assessment or following the review meeting.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.