Who is eligible to start school in September 2020?
- Children born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016 will be eligible to start in reception year.
You will also be able to access a copy of the guide for parents Primary & Secondary School Admission Guide which will contain essential information that will help you in making your application.
If you cannot access the Council’s website please contact the School Admissions and Transport Team, using the details below, and you will be sent a copy of the guide for parents and an application form.
The School Admissions and Transport Team – Telephone 03000 265 896.
Please note that applications will close on Wednesday 15th January 2020.
All admissions to St. John’s Primary School are co-ordinated by Durham County Council, please visit the Durham County Council website for information regarding the School Admissions.
To appeal against an admission decision visit: School admissions-appeals.
A copy of our School Admissions Policy can also be found in the School Policy section of this website.
Timetable of Important Admission Dates 2019/2020
Parents Guide to School Admissions and Application Form are made available to parents – Thursday 12th September 2019.
Closing date for return of forms to the LA – Wednesday 15th January 2020.
Offer of place sent to parents: 16th April 2020: Acceptance of place to be returned to County Hall. If you applied online your child’s offer of a school place will be emailed to you. If you applied using a written application form a letter informing you of a school place offered will be sent to your home address. In the event of your child not being offered a place, please contact the school for further information about the appeals process.
Deadline for parents to accept offer of a school place – Thursday 30th April 2020.
School Admissions – Special Educational Needs (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 school can meet any needs appropriately.
Full details of the admission arrangements can be found in the Primary and Secondary Admissions brochure produced by Durham County Council. http://www.durham.gov.uk/schooladmissions
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.
All of our school policies can be found on the website but the most important ones for parents of children with SEND are listed below:
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