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Durham University

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Schools in County Durham

If your child is between the ages of 5 and 16, then they are required to have full-time education. It is the parent's responsibility to ensure that their child has access to full-time education, and to attend. State schools are free for children between the ages of 5 and 18. Younger children may attend nursery school from age 3. This is also free in state nurseries but in private nurseries fees vary between £25 and £40 per day.

All state schools in County Durham are co-educational. That means boys and girls are taught in the same class. There are some Church of England and Roman Catholic schools, but no Muslim or Jewish faith schools in Durham.



Applying to a school

You can contact the school directly for more information about the school. To apply for a place in a school, you have to apply through the Local Education Authority, Durham County Council. We advise you to contact their School admissions and transport department as soon as you possibly can. The closing date for applications to schools is usually very early, so if you are new to Durham, you will have to make a late application.

If you would like more information, please contact the the College Student Support Team who can help you with the process of applying for a school place for your child.