Durham County Council has alerted parents that its deadline for primary school place applications is approaching. Applications for the school year beginning September 2017 must be received by the council by Sunday 15th January at the latest.
Councillor Ossie Johnson, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said, “In our county, we benefit from many schools with superb facilities and dedicated, talented staff and we hope that through our admissions system people can express their preferences and see their children enjoy a happy and successful education.”
Cllr Johnson added, “We know the decision of where to send your children is a big one, and can be difficult, but we would urge parents to make sure they apply by the deadline as a late application greatly reduces your chances of getting into your preferred school.”
Parents can apply for places online at www.durham.gov.uk/schooladmissions. Applications can also be made by post. Forms can be obtained by telephoning 03000 265 896 or by writing to the School Admissions and Transport Team at Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UJ.
Parents are advised to use signed for or special delivery services when posting completed application forms back to the council.
The council says that offers will be made to parents by 16th April 2017. Parents who have applied online will receive an offer e-mail and those who have applied through the post will be sent an offer letter.
Although County Durham does not appear to be among the most badly affected areas, the UK has seen problems in recent years concerning the supply of primary school places. In 2015, one in five parents did not get their first choice of primary school for their child.
By the 2019-20 intake, it is estimated that in some regions of the country there may be more children than primary school places available. This would mean a shortfall of up to 10,000 primary school places.