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Apply for a primary school place


You can apply for a primary school place in County Durham for your child for September 2019 now.

How to apply

Apply using our Parent Portal - anyone who applied for a place prior to September 2016 will need to create an account. This is the quickest way to apply and you'll receive immediate confirmation that your application has been submitted.

If you are unable to apply online you can either download a form from this page or contact us by email or phone and we will send you one.

We strongly advise you to read our Icon for pdf Primary and Secondary School Admission Guide 2019/20 (PDF, 1.4mb)  as it explains everything you need to know about obtaining a school place for your child for September 2019.

We have two tutorial videos available on our Youtube Channel to assist if you have difficulty with our online system. These can be viewed using the following links:

Application deadline

Applications will close on Tuesday 15 January 2019. 

Please note - a late application, ie after 15 January 2019, greatly reduces your chances of getting into your preferred school.

Offer of a place

The offer of a school place will be made on 16 April 2019.

Apply by post or email

Download the primary school places application form and return to us.

Who is eligible to start school in September 2019?

  • Children born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 will be eligible to start in reception year. 
  • Children born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 are eligible to transfer from infant to junior schools.

How we use your personal information

When you submit your application for a primary school place, you give your consent for us to check the address details you have given on your application with council tax and electoral registration records. This is to confirm that  you are resident at the property.

There are more details about how your data is used in the Icon for pdf Privacy notice - education support (PDF, 49.1kb) .

Contact us
School places and admissions
03000 265 896
Our address is:
  • School Places and Admissions
  • Children and Young People's Services
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UJ
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