Blackhall Primary School has an admissions limit of 46 pupils per year group from Upper Foundation to Year 6.
If you have a child who will be 4 on or between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2023 you need to complete an application for a school place so that your child can start school in September 2024. 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 www.durham.gov.uk/playandlearn.
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.
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.