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Durham County Council

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A to Z

On our A to Z you will find an alphabetical list of the services and information we offer, as well as some information about key partner organisations. Please click on the letters below to see what options are available.

  • Home to school transport

    This page gives you information on transport for children of compulsory school age to and from schools, as well as for those who are post 16.

  • School attendance

    We want all school children in Durham to get the most out of their education, and attending school regularly is an important part of your child's education. We are here to support you if your child has any problems attending school.

  • School closures

    Sometimes schools have to close temporarily because of bad weather, loss of utility services (such as gas, electricity or water) or other emergencies.

  • School governors

    We offer a wide range of support to schools and academies in County Durham and across the region.

  • School meals

    Our schools provide a cafeteria-style service offering a full range of freshly prepared dishes - including healthy snacks, traditional meals, deli and salad bars.

  • School places - apply for

    Find out when and how to apply for a secondary or primary school place, what to do once you've been offered a place and how to appeal if you're unhappy with the decision.

  • School shoes and coats - grants

    Thornhill Primary now administer the School Benevolent Fund for County Durham. This is a registered charity which offers a grant towards shoes and coats for school pupils.

  • School transport (home to school)

    This page gives you information on transport for children of compulsory school age to and from schools, as well as for those who are post 16.

  • Schools - exclusion of pupils

    This page gives you information about the instances when the exclusion of a pupil from school is appropriate, and the procedures the school must follow.

  • Schools - term and holiday dates

    Find details of school holidays and additional teacher training days.

  • Schools and colleges - find

    School services, contact details, Ofsted reports and performance tables.

  • Sensory support

    We provide a high quality service to adults with a sensory loss in County Durham, offering a person-centred approach to helping people who experience sight or hearing loss and those who are deaf.

  • Smoking

    Smoking remains the single biggest preventable cause of premature death in the UK today. Around half of all long-term smokers will prematurely die as a result - about 15 people a day in the North East alone.

  • Social Care Direct

    Social Care Direct can assist you to find information and advice to help you live as independently as you can. If your needs are urgent you should contact Social Care Direct immediately on Tel: 03000 267 979.

  • Special educational needs in schools

    Some children require extra help at school. This is defined as special educational needs (SEN) and schools take account of this when they plan their work.

  • Sport and leisure centres

    Our sport and leisure services team, Durham County Leisure, provides a wide range of sport and recreation facilities across the county.

  • Sport and physical activity for the disabled

    According to Sport England, only 14.2% of disabled people in County Durham participate in sport on a regular basis.

  • Stray animals

    This page contains information about procedures relating to stray dogs and horses.

  • Street cleaning programme

    Our street cleaning programme provides frequent cleaning of streets, council owned car parks, public conveniences, markets and other public areas to remove litter.

  • Supported lodgings

    Supported lodgings is a scheme set up by us to provide housing within people's homes for vulnerable young people aged 16+ and those leaving care. The length of stay can vary from short to longer periods up to two years.

  • Sustainable drainage systems

    Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) are drainage solutions that provide an alternative to the direct guiding of rainwater through pipes and sewers to nearby rivers and watercourses.

  • Swimming

    Find out when our swimming pools are open and get information about the wide range of activities taking place.