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Timelines and important dates for secondary school applications

These are important dates when applying for a secondary school place. It is very important that you make sure your application is submitted before the closing date.

For most schools in County Durham, an "on-time" application is given priority over a "late" application. This may also be the case for schools located in other council areas (you may wish to contact them directly to check).

Timeline for applying for a school place if your child will be starting Year 7 in September 2023

DateStage in application process
Monday 5 September 2022Applications open.
Monday 31 October 2022Closing date for applications.
Tuesday 24 January 2023

Last date for submitting late applications.

This is the last date for submitting late applications or making changes to your application. We cannot make any changes received after this date. Any changes or late applications received after this date will be processed on re-allocation day.

Wednesday 1 March 2023

National offer day - offers made.

If you applied for a place online, you will receive an email on the morning confirming our offer of a school place.

If you applied by post, you will receive your offer letter in the post.

You can ask for your child's name to be added to a school waiting list for the 2023/2024 academic year.

Wednesday 22 March 2023

Re-allocation day.

Any places that become available at schools within County Durham will be offered to pupils at the top of the school's waiting list.


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