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School Admissions


The Local Authority issues a booklet “Primary Education in County Durham” each year in which the size and admission limits of all Durham Primary Schools are listed, in addition to all the necessary information concerning admission criteria and the appeals procedure.

Our current admission limit is 34 in compliance with government guidelines on Infant class sizes.

In the Autumn Term prior to the school year when they are due to be admitted, parents must complete an application form available on the Durham County Council Website. Parents should return the completed Forms to County Hall. If you would like to come and look around the school please contact the school to make an appointment. It will be lovely to meet you.

Parents will be notified as to the offer of a school place, which will be made by the Local Authority in accordance with their published Admissions Criteria. Parents have the right of appeal against any refusal of admission.

Children are admitted to East Stanley School in one intake in September of each year. The intake is phased over a short period, full details of which are given to parents in May, when we hold meetings for parents and arrange visits for the children.

At 11 years of age, children transfer from East Stanley School to secondary education

Full details of the admission arrangements can be found in the Primary and Secondary Admissions brochure produced by Durham County Council and further information can be found in the school Admissions Policy that can be found in the School Policies section of our website.

Visit the Durham County Council website for information regarding the school admission process and primary school admissions. To appeal against an admission decision visit: School admissions-appeals.

Applications of Primary school places 2023/24

Applications for primary school places for September 2023 are now closed.

To make a late application, please contact Durham School Admissions on 03000 265 896.

An offer will be sent to parents and carers in April 2023.

For more general information regarding the school admission process click here: School admission process This includes:

  • An explanation of the process for applying for a school place, including important dates

  • The selection process

  • Over-subscription criteria

  • Details of when offers of places will be communicated to parents

  • How applications can be made outside of the normal procedure and how they will be dealt with

  • Dates of when any waiting list will be held until following communication for offers of places.

Applying for a school place during the academic year

An application for an in-year transfer can also be made by contacting School Admissions at Durham County Council. For more information visit: In-Year transfers information.

Applying for a school place if your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of SEN

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 the school can meet any needs appropriately.

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.

If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.


East Stanley School adhere to the Exclusion Guidance & Procedures of Durham County Council. Please click here for more information

Our Behaviour Policy details our high expectations for our children. We would encourage parents to read this policy which can be found in the Policy section of the website: ESS Policies

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