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School admission arrangements 2020/21

All schools and academies in County Durham are now in the process of agreeing their admission arrangements for the 2020/21 academic year.

All schools and academies in County Durham have agreed their admission arrangements starting from September 2020. 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 and Church of England Aided schools

Number of school places available at each school

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:

  • by post to The Office of the Schools Adjudicator, Bishopsgate House, Feethams, Darlington, DL1 5QE
  • by email to

You must provide your name and address and submit your objection by no later than 15 May 2019 for it to be considered.

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