School Admissions

A Melrose Learning Trust School

On behalf of the children, staff and Governors, I would like to thank you for considering our school for your child and we hope to welcome your family to Easington C of E Primary School.

We fully appreciate that you want the absolute best for your child and we are committed to building close, effective relationships with our families in order that we can we work together to ensure that children are happy, healthy and fulfilled.

We are a school that believes in the value of every child, and adult who enters our school. As such, we want all those who become part of our school community to feel valued, happy, respected and to recognise their role in continuing to make our school the best we can make it.

As a parent myself, I am well aware that it can be a daunting time when your child starts a new school, therefore anything we can do to support or help, please let us know.

You can find lots of information about our school on this website.  We have a ‘virtual tour’ in the New Parents section, along with a fantastic video from some Reception children speaking about the reasons why you should join our school.

We are a small school with a big heart and we pride ourselves on the care and family feel we offer to our incredible children.   We would love to hear from you and welcome you for a tour of our school.

Admissions Policy

The Local Authority sets the Admissions Policy and criteria. This gives parents the opportunity to express a preference about which school they wish their child to attend.

It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that they complete the on-line application form.

It may not be possible to offer your child a place at your chosen school if that school receives more applications than it can take within its admission limit.

Our current admission limit is 21 pupils. If the school is over subscribed then places will be allocated by the L A. according to the following criteria in order of priority:

  1. Children in Public Care
  2. Medical Reasons – very exceptional medical factors directly related to school placement. Written evidence from a doctor is needed.
  3. Family Links – pupils who have a brother or sister already attending the preferred school or associated primary school and who is expected to be on roll at the school at the time of admission.
  4. Distance – pupils who live nearest to the preferred school. This will be based on the parents’ address and shortest walking route. The Authority will, however, consider the overall availability of school places in an area to ensure that no children have an unreasonable distance to walk. This may override proximity to the preferred school.

Parents considering sending their child to our school are most welcome to visit the school during normal school hours by contacting the school and making an appointment to see the Head Teacher.

Children who are about to start school are invited to spend sessions in the Reception class, during the term prior to which they start school. Information concerning such arrangements will be sent to parents in good 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.

In-Year Admissions Arrangements

Durham County Council’s admissions team co-ordinate in year admissions on behalf of School. An in-year admission is when a parent wishes to apply for a place in School outside of the normal rounds of entry, e.g. starting primary school in Reception. Should you wish to apply to transfer to our school, please use the link below to find out more about in-year admissions and transfers and how to apply:

Apply to change school during the school year – Durham County Council

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.

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 have any questions regarding our SEND information, please contact the school.