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The Prime Minister has today set out the next steps in the easing of lockdown. See the press conference at Youtube: Prime Minister's Coronavirus press conference (10 May 2021) for details.

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Offers of a primary school place


Offers of a primary school place for September 2021 were sent out on 16 April 2021.

Your child will receive one offer of a school place. If he/she could not be offered a place at one of your preferred schools, he/she has been offered a place at the nearest school to your home address that has places available.

How you will be contacted with an offer of a school place

If you completed a primary school application online, you should have received an email with an offer of a school place. If you haven't received an email you should log in to the Parent Portal.

If you completed a paper application you will receive an offer of a school place by letter. 

Accept your offer

If you wish to accept the school place offered, you need take no further action.

Only contact schooladmissions@durham.gov.uk if you do not wish to accept the offer of the place made.

What to do if you are not happy about the school place offered

Appeal against a school place offer

To appeal for a place at the school you want your child to attend contact us to speak to an appeals officer.

Go on a school's waiting list

You can Ask to be put on a school's waiting list for an over-subscribed school.

What to do if you haven't yet applied for a primary school place for 2021

The closing date to apply for a primary school place for this September was 15 January 2021.  If you have not yet applied, please contact us or complete the  Icon for pdf Primary school application form 2021 (PDF, 342.4kb)  and return to us.

Primary and Secondary School Admissions Guide

Our admissions guide explains everything you need to know about obtaining a school place for your child.

Report from local authorities to the Schools Adjudicator 

Every year we are asked to submit a report to the Schools Adjudicator in order to provide an overview of school admissions in our area. This is our latest report:

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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