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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

Offers of a secondary school place

Offers of a secondary school place for September 2021 were sent out on 1 March 2021.

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

If you wish to accept the school place offered, you need take no further action. Only contact if you do not wish to accept the offer of the place made.

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 2021

The closing date to apply for a secondary school place for this September was 31 October 2020.  If you have not yet applied, contact us or complete the  Icon for pdf Secondary school application form 2021 (PDF, 336.3kb)  and return to us.

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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