The Local Authority sets the Admissions Policy and criteria. This gives parents the opportunity to express a preference about which school they wish their child to attend.
It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that they complete the on-line application form.
It may not be possible to offer your child a place at your chosen school if that school receives more applications than it can take within its admission limit.
Our current admission limit is 21 pupils. If the school is over subscribed then places will be allocated by the L A. according to the following criteria in order of priority:
- Children in Public Care
- Medical Reasons – very exceptional medical factors directly related to school placement. Written evidence from a doctor is needed.
- Family Links – pupils who have a brother or sister already attending the preferred school or associated primary school and who is expected to be on roll at the school at the time of admission.
- Distance – pupils who live nearest to the preferred school. This will be based on the parents’ address and shortest walking route. The Authority will, however, consider the overall availability of school places in an area to ensure that no children have an unreasonable distance to walk. This may override proximity to the preferred school.
Parents considering sending their child to our school are most welcome to visit the school during normal school hours by contacting the school and making an appointment to see the Head Teacher.
Children who are about to start school are invited to spend sessions in the Reception class, during the term prior to which they start school. Information concerning such arrangements will be sent to parents in good time.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
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.
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 have any questions regarding our SEND information, please contact the school.