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Apply now for a primary school place - deadline 15 January 2023

You can apply for a primary school place in County Durham for your child for September 2023 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. Although restrictions have been lifted, staff will sometimes be working from home.

Applications will close on Sunday 15 January 2023.

We strongly advise you to read the guidance on our Primary school places page as it explains everything you need to know about obtaining a school place for your child for September 2023.

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:

Apply by post or email

If you are unable to apply online you can contact us by email or phone and we will send you an application form. If possible, you should return your completed form by email to

Application deadline

Applications will close on Sunday 15 January 2023. 

A late application received after 15 January 2023 greatly reduces your chances of getting into your preferred school.

If you are applying online, as we near the closing date for applications our team will download your information from the Parent Portal. Once this information has been downloaded to our admissions database you will not be able to amend your application on the parent portal. If your application has the status 'Received by the LA' then you will not be able to make any further changes by using the Parent Portal. If you do still wish to make changes then you must contact us at to advise us of these changes. You must include your child's name, date of birth, address and outline the changes needed in any correspondence sent to us.

Offer of a place

The offer of a school place will be made on 17 April 2023.

Who is eligible to start school in September 2023

  • Children born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 will be eligible to start in reception year. 
  • Children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 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
  • Green Lane
  • Spennymoor
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL16 6JQ