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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 6.00pm on Monday 2 October until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 October: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Timelines and important dates for secondary school applications

These are important dates when applying for a secondary school place. It is very important that you make sure your application is submitted before the closing date.

For most schools in County Durham, an "on-time" application is given priority over a "late" application. This may also be the case for schools located in other council areas (you may wish to contact them directly to check).

Timeline for applying for a school place if your child will be starting Year 7 in September 2024

DateStage in application process
Tuesday 5 September 2023Applications open.
Tuesday 31 October 2023Closing date for applications.
Wednesday 24 January 2024

Last date for submitting late applications.

This is the last date for submitting late applications or making changes to your application. We cannot make any changes received after this date. Any changes or late applications received after this date will be processed on re-allocation day.

Friday 1 March 2024

National offer day - offers made.

If you applied for a place online, you will receive an email on the morning confirming our offer of a school place.

If you applied by post, you will receive your offer letter in the post.

You can ask for your child's name to be added to a school waiting list for the 2024/2025 academic year.

Friday 22 March 2024

Re-allocation day.

Any places that become available at schools within County Durham will be offered to pupils at the top of a school's waiting list.


Contact us
School places and admissions
03000 265 896
Our address is:
  • Durham Leadership Centre
  • Enterprise Way
  • Spennymoor
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL16 6YP