School Admissions

Parents requesting entry to Woodham Burn Community Primary School for their child may do so by contacting the Local Education Authority.

You can do this via the following link: or contacting Durham County Council School Admissions, Tel 03000 265 896, or in writing at School Places and Admissions, Children and Young People's Services, County Hall, Durham, County Durham, United Kingdom, DH1 5UJ.

Appropriate entry forms in accordance with the admission policy of the LA will then be completed by the parent and returned online in accordance with LA policy.

Parents are welcome to visit the school during the school day, prior to their child’s admission. It is necessary to contact the Headteacher to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Where the admission limit of 47 is exceeded places are allocated in accordance with the following criteria:

  1. Children who are ‘looked after’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order.
    A looked after child is a child who is, at the time of making an application to a school, (a) in the care of a LA, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a LA in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

  2. Medical reasons
    Pupils with very exceptional medical factors directly related to school placement (see page 9).

  3. Sibling links
    Pupils who have a sibling already attending the school and who is expected to be on roll at the school at the time of admission.

  4. Distance
    Pupils who live nearest the preferred school/academy measured by the shortest walking route. This will be based on the parents’ address. Where the last place to be allocated would mean that a multiple birth sibling group i.e. twins, triplets or other multiple birth sibling groups, would be split, the sibling group will be given priority over other children. Otherwise, if only one final place can be offered and two applicants live equidistant from the school, the LA’s system of random allocation will apply.

Waiting Lists

If our school is full in the appropriate year group, parents may ask the Local Authority to add their child’s name to the waiting list. Names can be added to a waiting list at any time. When numbers on roll fall below the admission limit, pupils will be admitted from the list according to the priority order set out in the published criteria and not the length of time on the waiting list.

Procedures relating to appeal for entry to existing year groups at the school which are oversubscribed are the responsibility of Admissions Section, County Hall,Durham. DH1 5UJ. Telephone 0191 3834490

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 and further information can be found in the school Admissions Policy that can be found in the School Policies section of our website.

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.

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