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Offers of a secondary school place

Offers of a secondary school place for September 2020 were sent out on 2 March 2020.

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 you receive your school place offer

If you completed your application online, you should receive an email with an offer of a school place. If you haven't received an email, log in to the Parent Portal.  

If you completed a paper application you will receive an offer of a school place by letter. 

Accept your offer

You should accept the offer of a school place by 16 March 2020. Login to 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Make sure you respond to avoid the offer of a school place being withdrawn and the school place being offered to someone else.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 at an over-subscribed school.

What to do if you still haven't applied for a secondary school place for 2020

The closing date to apply for a secondary school place for this September was 31 October 2019.  If you have not yet applied, please fill in  Icon for pdf Secondary school application form 2020 (PDF, 246.1kb) , 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:

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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