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Apply for primary school place


If you are a resident of the Borough you will need to apply for a school place through Stockton Borough Council, even if your preferred school is in another Borough.

We are responsible for coordinating the processing of all applications for school places in community, Voluntary-Aided (VA), academies and free schools.

Places are allocated according to a strict set of admission criteria and each admission authority sets its own criteria. Below is the current policy for all those schools that the LA controls and is still responsible for – usually defined as community schools.

All Voluntary-Aided (VA) schools (Roman Catholic and Church of England), academies and free schools have their own admission policy, which you can view on our web pages or on the school's own website. When deciding which schools to apply for, you should look carefully at the admission policies to see the category that your child will be considered under.

After the closing date, we will send applications to each VA school, academy or free school. They will then consider the applications against their admission policy and will send us a list of all applicants, ranked in order of their over subscription criteria. We will do the same with applications for community and voluntary-controlled schools.

Please be aware that children who have attended a school nursery will not have priority for a place at that school.

It also important to note that Stockton-On-Tees adopts an ‘admission zone’ policy where each school has its own defined area. This means that your registered home address (i.e. the one you pay Council Tax for and have your Child’s Benefit listed for) identifies that you are ‘in-zone’ for at least two schools. Therefore your child (in terms of allocating places, if you choose them as your preferred schools) is ‘in-zone’ for at least one community and one faith school.

All faith schools policies will include definitions with regards what ‘Catholic’ means and membership of the Church as well as referring to ‘parish zones’. If you are seeking a ‘church place’ for your child then you will be required to provide some form of evidence at the point of application.

However since September 2000, we do not guarantee to meet parents’ preferences for a school place for pupils who live within the admission zone, if the school is full.

Parents and carers who apply online will be informed of the outcome of their application by email and a letter will also be sent to every parent and carer.

Please read the Local Authority Home to School Transport policy for children applying for school places on the School transport webpage.


Key information for children starting primary school in September 2018

If your child was born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014, he or she will start primary school in September 2018.

Letters informing you how you can apply for a primary place will be posted out mid-November. Please ring us if you do not receive a letter.

Applications can be made between 6 November 2017 and 15 January 2018.

Any applications received after this date will be classed as 'late' and will only be considered after places have been allocated to all of the applications received 'on time'. If your application is late, we may not be able to offer your child a place at your preferred school. You will be informed of the outcome of your application on 16 April 2018.

Summer born children
If parent/carers of summer born children, born April - August 2014, are interested in deferring their child's start date for admission in September 2018, they must make this known and clear on the application form so that the LA can deal with the request.

If you have any queries please ring the Schools Admissions Team on 01642 526605 or email


Key dates for primary school admissions for September 2018

06 November 2017
Letters and supporting information available for parents. The online application link will open.

15 January 2018
Closing date for all applications. The online link will close and any paper applications received after this date will be marked 'late' and will only be considered after places have been allocated to all of the applications received by the closing date.

16 April 2018
If you applied online and ticked to receive an email you will receive an email on the 16 April informing you of your allocation. Paper applications and parents who didn’t tick to receive an email online will receive a letter to notify you which school your child has been allocated by 2nd class post.

June and July 2018
Admission appeal hearings will take place.