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We operate an open access and fully inclusive admissions policy and pupils from all backgrounds and abilities are welcome. The Academy follows the same admission arrangements as those operated by Durham County Council, please click here for more information.

We provide up to 300 places to Year 7 students each year. For entry into Year 7, applications to the Academy will be made through the Local Authority coordinated admissions scheme. The Academy will operate the same admissions arrangements and oversubscription criteria as Durham County Council. 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 Consett Academy as your preference on the CAF. 

How to apply for 2019/20 academic year  

If your son/daughter is born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 they will be eligible to start secondary school in September 2019.  

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.  These letters are distributed by primary schools. 

Children are no longer required to attend the closest secondary school to their home address.  You can express up to three preferences for your child to be admitted into a secondary school of your choice.  At Consett Academy, we can accommodate up to 300 students in each year group. 

Our projected figures for September 2019 admissions shows there will be limited spaces available as our intake for 2018 was oversubscribed and we are becoming increasingly the place of choice for many parents both in the local area and beyond. 

This means that there has never been a better time to apply to Consett Academy, although increased demand for us from other areas does mean that you would be wise to place us as your first choice.  

If you live outside of County Durham you can still apply to Consett Academy, but you will need to complete the form provided by your Local Authority and name Consett Academy as your first choice. The process is very similar to the one above and, again, we are more than happy to offer support to you throughout the process, either in person or by telephone. 

There are four ways you can make your application, you can either: 

Complete the on-line form by 31st October 2019 — you can only do the online form if you live in County Durham. 


Contact the admissions team on 03000 265 897 or email: schooladmissions@durham.gov.uk to be sent a pack.  Your form must be returned to County Hall in Durham by 31st October 2019. 

The deadline for application to secondary school is 31 October 2019.  

How to apply online 

To make an application online, you will need to register. Once you have registered you will be sent a link to enable you to log back into the online system and add your application. If you have previously applied online for a school place you do not need to re-register, the same details can be used. You should only use this online system if you live in County Durham. 

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

Every day is an Open Day  

Please contact Mrs Somerville on 01207 507001 or email: enquiries@consettacademy.org.uk to arrange a convenient time. 

Mid Year Transfers 

If you have recently moved into the area and are considering Consett Academy for your son/daughter please contact Melody Robinson.  She will be pleased to arrange a mutually convenient meeting with the relevant members of staff and a tour of our facilities. 



Page reviewed and updated April 2019