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Apply for a secondary school place

You can apply for a secondary school place for your child in County Durham for September 2021 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. We encourage you to apply online wherever possible as many of our staff are working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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 2021/2022 (PDF, 2.7mb)  as it explains everything you need to know about obtaining a secondary school place for your child for September 2021.

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 Saturday 31 October 2020.  

Please note - a late application, ie after 31 October 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 1 March 2021.

Apply by post or email

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

Due to the situation with Coronavirus, staff are generally working from home. If you are unable to use the online form, if possible, please could you email the above form to

Who is eligible to start secondary school in September 2021?

Children born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 will be eligible to start secondary school.


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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