Choosing a new school for your child is one of the most important decisions you have to make as a parent and we hope that we will be your first choice. We welcome all children, regardless of background, religion, ethnicity, Special educational needs or disability and strive to make transition to our school as smooth and supportive as possible. We achieve this by working closely with each child and their parents and a child’s previous school or other multi-agency professionals.
Applying for a school place
To apply for a place at any primary school for a child who is in reception year or above, you must complete a primary school transfer form from Durham County Council Admissions, Appeals and Transport Entitlement Team. If you require a paper copy or admission advice please contact the team by phoning 03000 265 896. You can also view the Admission Policy in the School Policies section of our website.
Once you have completed and returned the application form to the team, you will be notified by letter as to the outcome of your application. If a place can be offered you will be advised of a date by which you must take up the place. It is also recommended that you contact the school for further details of your child’s admission. If a place cannot be offered you will be advised of your right both to appeal and to place your child’s name on the waiting list for your preferred school.
Visit the Durham County Council website for information regarding Primary School Admission Arrangements
To appeal against an admission decision visit: School admissions-appeals.
We have 10 places available in our Nursery. You can place your child’s name on our Nursery waiting list at the beginning of the school year (1st September to 31 August) in which your child has his or her second birthday. You can add your child’s name to the waiting list by calling the school office on 01388 746 413.
When a nursery place becomes available for your child you will be informed by letter. This place will occur the term after your child’s 3rd birthday, subject to availability. If you accept the place offered, your child’s birth certificate must be seen by our school secretary (either Mrs Smith or Mrs Clarke-Boyd). If you are in receipt of a ‘Golden Ticket’, your child may start Nursery the half a term BEFORE their third birthday. Again, you will be contacted via letter.
Pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities
For pupils with special educational needs 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. Advice from the LA or other agencies may be requested to ensure any the school can meet any needs appropriately.
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.
You are more than welcome to visit us before you make your decision. The admission limit for the number of pupils in each year group at our school is 19. Sunnybrow Primary School provides education for children aged 4-11 years old.