How to Apply

We operate an open access and fully inclusive admissions policy and pupils from all backgrounds and abilities are welcome.

New College Durham Academies Trust is the Admissions Authority. The Trust will consider all admissions applications sent to them by the Local Authority (LA) and will apply the policy fairly and consistently to every application received.

For full details of our Admissions, please see our Admissions Policy.

For entry into Year 7, applications to the Academy will be made through the Local Authority. As a parent/carer you are required to complete the Common Application Form (CAF) which is available from the Local Authority. If you would like to apply for a Year 7 place at the Academy you should name North Durham Academy as your preference on the CAF.

How to apply for 2022/23 Academic Year 

If your son/daughter is born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 they will be eligible to start secondary school in September 2022. 

If your son/daughter is at school in County Durham you will receive a letter during September from the admissions team at Durham County Council. You can express up to three preferences for your child to be admitted into a secondary school of your choice. 

If you live outside of County Durham you can still apply to North Durham Academy, but you will need to complete the form provided by your Local Authority and name North Durham Academy as your first choice.

How to apply online

There are three way to apply:

You can apply for a school place using the online system: Online School Admissions System.

Contact the admissions team on 03000 265 897 for a paper pack.

Email to be sent an electronic pack. The deadline for application to secondary school is 31 October 2021.  Parents/carers will be notified of the child’s school place on 1 March 2022.

Every day is an Open Day

Please just get in touch with Mrs O’Keeffe on 01207 292180 or email: to arrange a convenient time.

In Year Transfers

If you have recently moved into the area and are considering North Durham Academy for your son/daughter please contact Christine Connolly  She will be pleased to discuss the process with you.

Please see a copy of our In Year Transfer Form.

Waiting lists/appeals

New College Durham Academies Trust will maintain the waiting list. Positions on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Where places become vacant, they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. In line with the DfE School Admission Appeals Code, confirmation that all appeals will be heard within thirty school days of the appeal bing lodged.