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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 2020 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 2020/2021 (PDF, 1.5mb)  as it explains everything you need to know about obtaining a school place for your child for September 2020.

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 Wednesday 15 January 2020. 

Please note - a late application, ie after 15 January 2020, 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 2020.

Apply by post or email

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

Who is eligible to start school in September 2020?

  • Children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 will be eligible to start in reception year. 
  • Children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 are eligible to transfer from infant to junior schools.
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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