All parents who wish to visit the school prior to applying for a place are most welcome to do so by contacting the Headteacher to make an appointment.
Children are admitted to full time primary education at the beginning of the school year in which they will be five years old. Almost all our pupils transfer to us from our own nursery; however a few pupils do come to us from other areas.
All admissions are dealt with by the Authority who will consult the Governing Body and allocate places according to the following criteria in order of priority-
- Medical Reasons
Pupils with very exceptional medical factors directly related to school placement. Applications under this criterion should be supported by written evidence from a doctor.
- Family Links
Pupils who have a brother or sister already attending the preferred school or associated school on the same site, and who is expected to be on roll at that school at the time of admission.
Pupils who live nearest the preferred school, measured by the shortest walking route. This will be based on the parents’ address. We will, however, consider the overall ability of school places in an area to ensure that no children have an unreasonable distance to walk. This may override distance to the preferred school.
We are committed to meeting the needs of all children including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We would ask parents to discuss the identified needs with the school prior to starting so that appropriate intervention and support can be planned and implemented. Advice from the LA or other agencies may be requested to ensure any the school can meet any needs appropriately.
Full details of the admission arrangements can be found in the Primary and Secondary Admissions brochure produced by Durham County Council and further information.
Visit the Durham County Council website for information regarding the school admission process and primary school admissions. To appeal against an admission decision visit: School admissions-appeals.
Applying for a school place if your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of SEN
Children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (or Statement of Special Education Needs) follow a different admission and transfer process for a new school. Please continue to complete Durham County Council’s parental preference form, as part of the admission process to a new school. You continue to have a right to request a particular school and this will be considered alongside the information that we have about your child’s special educational needs. The information would have been provided as part of the Education, Health and Care assessment or following the review meeting.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.