Blackhall Primary School

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Blackhall Primary School, Middle Street, Blackhall Colliery, Hartlepool, TS27 4NA

0191 586 4049

Blackhall Primary School

Inspire, Enjoy, Achieve

"Staff are ambitious for all pupils at Blackhall Primary School." (Ofsted, March 2023)"Children in the early years get off to a strong start. Children settle into school quickly and enjoy their learning." (Ofsted, March 2023)"Pupils learn to read well." (Ofsted, March 2023) "There is a clear sense of belonging and relationships between adults and pupils are strong." (Ofsted, March 2023) "Pupils' successes are celebrated. They are proud of their achievements and enjoy learning with friends." (Ofsted, March 2023) "Playtimes are happy occasions." (Ofsted, March 2023)"There is a love of reading throughout the school.. Pupils cherish these reading sessions." (Ofsted, March 2023)

School Admissions

Blackhall Primary School has an admissions limit of 46 pupils per year group from Upper Foundation to Year 6.


Starting School

If you have a child who will be 4 on or between 1 September 2024 and 31 August 2025 you need to complete an application for a school place so that your child can start school in September 2025. You can apply online at Durham County Council School Admissions.

You will also be able to access a copy of the guide for parents: Primary And 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 Team, using the details below, and you will be sent a copy of the guide for parents and an application form. The deadline for applications is Sunday 15th January 2024.

School places and admissions – Telephone: 03000 265 897.
Their address is: School Places and Admissions, Children and Young People’s Services, County Hall, Durham, County Durham, United Kingdom, DH1 5UJ.

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.

For our Year 6 pupils, the Secondary school places application deadline is Sunday 31 October 2023. You can find more information here.

FREE play and learn for 2 year-olds 

Your 2 year-old may be entitled to free childcare from the term after their second birthday at ‘Play and Learn’ sessions. These can be accessed at Ofsted registered day nurseries, pre-schools, childminders, or some schools. If you qualify, your child will receive 15 hours a week (term-time only), or 11 hours a week (50 weeks a year).

You may be eligible if you meet the criteria below. You can do a quick and easy check on our parent portal. You can access this at

If you are eligible, you will be given a code to take to your chosen childcare provider. You will need to discuss availability of places and a possible start date.

If you don’t have internet access or if you experience problems finding childcare contact Families Information Service on 03000 26 99 95 or the school office on 0191  5864049.


15 & 30 Hours of Provision

Pre-School provision is based in our vibrant and inclusive Lower Foundation. Free flexible 15 hours provision is available for all 3-year-olds, and some children will be entitled to 30 hours of provision.

You can find out more about 30-hours-free-childcare-eligibility here.


Paid Places

For more information on paid places please contact the school office for session prices.


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (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 the 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.


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.

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