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Offers of a secondary school place


Offers of a secondary school place for September 2018 were sent out on 1 March 2018.

Your child should have received 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 will you be contacted with an offer of a school place?

If you completed a secondary 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. 

What to do after you have received an offer of a school place

Respond to the offer

You must accept the offer of a school place within two weeks of the offer being made. You should do this in your Parent Portal account if you applied for a place online, or by return post if you did not apply online.

Make sure you respond to avoid the offer of a school place being withdrawn and the school place being offered to someone else.

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 at an over-subscribed school.

Haven't yet applied for a secondary school place for 2018?

The closing date to apply for a secondary school place for this September was 31 October 2017.  If you have not yet applied, please fill in  Icon for pdf Secondary school application form 2018 (PDF, 163.1kb) , and return it to the address on the form - you can't apply online.

Primary and Secondary School Admissions Guide

Our admissions guide explains everything you need to know about obtaining a 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:

How we use your personal information

When you submit your application for a primary or secondary school place, you give your consent for us to check the address details you have given on your application with council tax and electoral registration records. This is to confirm that  you are resident at the property. 

There are more details about how your data is used in the Icon for pdf Privacy notice - education support (PDF, 49.1kb) .

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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