If you are considering Hamsterley Primary School for your child, we would encourage you to visit our school. Please contact us to arrange a mutually convenient time to visit and we will happily show you around and answer any queries you may have. If you would like your child to attend Hamsterley School please note the admissions procedure for County Durham.
All parents must apply directly to the Local Authority under the new Co-ordinated Admissions Procedures for admission into the Reception Class and any in-year transfers from Local Authority Schools.
Any parent who wishes to apply for a school place can call (0191) 383 4576 or apply to:-
School Admissions Children & Young People’s Services
Children whose fifth birthday falls between 1st September and 31st August start school in September. The admissions limit for any age group in this school is set at 7 for each year group.
Our Pre-school Unit is for children aged from 3 to 4 years old. Contact the school to place your child’s name on the pre-school waiting list. You will be asked to complete and sign an application form for which you are given a receipt. Children will be given available places from the beginning of the term after their third birthday. The child’s birth certificate is required at this time.
Applying for a school place if your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of SEN
Hamsterley Primary School prides itself in being inclusive and will endeavour to support every pupil. We would love you to consider our school and we aim to meet the needs of all the children in our care.
We are committed to meeting the needs of all children including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We would ask parents to discuss the identified needs with the school prior to starting so that appropriate intervention and support can be planned and implemented. Advice from the LA or other agencies may be requested to ensure any the school can meet any needs appropriately.
Full details of the admission arrangements can be found in the Primary Admissions brochure produced by Durham County Council.
Children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (or Statement of Special Education Needs) follow a different admission and transfer process for a new school. Please continue to complete Durham County Council’s parental preference form, as part of the admission process to a new school. You continue to have a right to request a particular school and this will be considered alongside the information that we have about your child’s special educational needs. The information would have been provided as part of the Education, Health and Care assessment or following the review meeting.
If you would like to discuss moving a child to our school please contact Mrs. Walker at our school office or speak to Mrs. Cowans (Headteacher). As a school we aim to do the very best in order to make all children feel welcomed and included during transition.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.