Do you have a child who will be 5 on or between 1st September 2023 and 31st August 2024? If so, you need to complete an application for a school place so that your child can start school in September 2023.
From September 5th 2022, you can apply online on the Durham County Council school admissions website. You will also be able to access 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 on 03000 265 896 and you will be sent a copy of the guide for parents and an application form.
Please note that the deadline for primary applications is midnight on 15 January 2023.
The offer of a school place will usually be made in April 2023.
If you require any further information or support with admissions please contact school.
We are committed to meeting the needs of all children including those with Special Educational Needs and/or 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. A meeting with the SENDCO, Mrs Firth, can be arranged prior to joining school, and she will also attend SEN review meetings at previous settings/schools as part of the admission process. Advice from the LA or other agencies may be requested to ensure any the school can meet any needs appropriately.
When our school can meet the needs of children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, pupils will be treated equally when arranging admission, and we are committed to ensuring that procedures and steps are put in place, to ensure that this is as smooth running and as fair as possible.
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.
The School Admissions and Transport Team
Contact Durham County Council’s school admission and transport team on 03000 265 896.
All other admissions are arranged by the Local Authority. You are welcome to visit the school but you will need to apply through the Admissions Team at County Hall on 03000 265 896.
Any parent or carer who is considering West Rainton Primary School as a possible place for their child is warmly invited to visit school. Contact should be made with the headteacher to arrange a convenient time.
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.
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.
At West Rainton Primary School, we pride ourselves on having a caring, inclusive ethos. If your child has Special Educational Needs or a Disability, please contact us to arrange a visit.
Equally, if you have concerns over potential needs before you decide to apply for a place at our school, Mrs Firth, our dedicated SENDCO and Deputy Headteacher, will happily discuss the provision on offer for your child in our school, in accordance to the Code of Practice 2014. We will discuss and plan together for the needs of your child as an individual, ensuring that they start at our school in a well-supported, caring manner.
We make a commitment to providing the nurturing, progressive education that your child deserves, regardless of their needs. 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.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.