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Offers of a primary school place


Offers of a primary school place for September 2019 were sent out on 16 April 2019.

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. 

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Make sure you respond to avoid the offer of a school place being withdrawn and the school place being offered to someone else.

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 2019

The closing date to apply for a primary school place for this September was 15 January 2019.  If you have not yet applied, please fill in  Icon for pdf Primary school application form 2019 (PDF, 163.7kb) , 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 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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