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School admission arrangements 2018/19

All schools and academies in County Durham have agreed their admission arrangements starting from September 2018. 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.

We 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. We work in partnership with schools and academies to make sure parental preference can be met as far as possible. As a result of this work we continue to be well above the national average for both primary and secondary school preferences.

Admission arrangements are consulted on with Governing Bodies and all schools and academies.

Admission policy and oversubscription criteria for community and voluntary controlled schools

These documents explain the admission policy and oversubscription criteria:

For details of admission arrangements for a faith school or academy you should contact the school directly or contact us.

Admission policy and criteria for Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided, Church of England Aided and New Seaham Academy schools

Number of school places available at each school

Some schools have increased or decreased the number of places compared to 2017/18. These are clearly indicated in the document:

How school places are offered (known as the coordinated admissions scheme)

These documents explain how school places are offered:

How to make an objection

Any person or body has a right to object to admission arrangements. 

You can only object if a school's number of places available has been reduced. 

However, governing bodies of community or voluntary controlled schools can also make an objection if the number of places for their school has not changed, or has increased.

Objections should be sent to:

Office of the Schools Adjudicator
Mowden Hall
Staindrop Road

You must provide your name and address and submit your objection by no later than 15 May 2017 for it to be considered.

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School places and admissions
03000 265 896
Our address is:
  • School Places and Admissions
  • Children and Young People's Services
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