Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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School admissions and transfers


Whether your child is starting at nursery, reception or secondary school, it is an important time in their school career; you and they are probably looking forward to it with a mixture of excitement and worry. We aim to help make the move a smooth and simple one.

These pages include information on school admissions and may answer questions you have regarding the appeals process and 'in year' school transfers. Our School Admissions and Transfers Team help parents and carers through the school admissions process.

You may also find the following guidance useful:


Admission to primary school in 2017

If your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013, he or she will start primary school in September 2017.

Letters explaining how to apply will be distributed through the school nursery or if your child attends a private nursery, through the post mid-November 2016.

Apply online for your child's Primary school place here

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

Visit the Applying for a Primary School Place page for further information.


Admission to secondary school in 2017

If your child was born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006, he or she will start secondary school in September 2017.

The application round for your child to start secondary school in September 2017 has now closed. You can still view the "Citizen Portal" here but you cannot make any changes to your application.

If you haven’t done so already, you can still apply using a paper application form.  Please download and print this form, complete and return it to the School Admissions Team.

Common Application Form Secondary School 2017

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


Admission Zones

It is 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) generally 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. 

Therefore in terms of school places the concept of ‘feeder’ primary schools does not apply. However, we do understand that secondary schools do work closely with local primaries to support transition and while this is good practice, it does not automatically mean that children from those primary schools will be offered a place within a specific secondary school. In addition some Roman Catholic or Church of England schools may, as part of their admission policy, also identify Catholic ‘feeder’ or ‘partner’ schools and if your child attends one of these, at the point of application this may further aid your chances of securing a school place for your child.

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.

You can use the following Maps@Stockton link to view the admissions zones. We have also provided a useful 'how to guide' to help you navigate the interactive map.

If you would like further information about which school admission zone you live in please contact the School Admissions Team on tel: 01642 526605.


Consultation on School Admission Arrangements for 2018/19

To comply with the School Admissions Code (2014) please find below Stockton-On-Tees proposed school admissions arrangements for all Community and Voluntary Controlled primary and secondary schools for entry in September 2018.

The Code states that the Local Authority (LA) as the 'admission authority' must determine its arrangements annually and these are explained in the document here Proposed 2018/19 School Admission arrangements 

The admission arrangements for those schools within borough that are not community or voluntary controlled schools are determined by their respective governing bodies or academy trust.

Copies of the determined admission arrangements for voluntary aided, foundation, trust schools, academies and free schools are available from the individual schools.

Any person or body who considers that any maintained school or academy's arrangements are unlawful, or not in compliance with the code or relevant law relating to admissions, can make an objection to the office of the schools adjudicator.

Objections must be referred to the adjudicator by 15 May in the determination year.  Further information on how to make an objection can be obtained from the office of the schools adjudicator:

Office of the Schools Adjudicator, Bishopsgate House, Feethams, Darlington DL1 5QE

Telephone: (01325) 340402


Please email any comments on the LA's proposed arrangements for September 2018 to by Friday 16 December 2016.


Additional School Admission and Appeal documents

2017 - School Admission Arrangements

Details of school admission arrangements across the borough of Stockton-on-Tees

2015 - School Organisation Plan

2016 - Office of the Schools Adjudicator


School Admission Appeals


Contact School Admissions

Telephone: 01642 526605
Please ring between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am and 4.30pm Fridays.

Fax: 01642 526607


Address: School Admissions Team, Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1XE