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School Admissions

Currently, a maximum of 42 children can be admitted to each year group. In the event of more applications being received than the admission allows, the Local Education Authority, in consultation with the Governing Body, will allocate available places. This allocation will be based upon the admission criteria and priority order as detailed in the L.E.A.’s “Schools Admissions Codes and Regulations” document. The criteria relates to medical reasons, sibling links and distance as a reason for over-subscribed applications being considered.

A full copy of the admissions criteria can be obtained on request from the school. Parents of children who cannot be admitted have the right of appeal to an Appeals Committee, against the decision not to admit their child.

Parents and their children are welcome to visit the school when considering whether to apply for admission for their child. Our Admissions Policy has been submitted below for you to download or view online.

Visit the Durham County Council website for information regarding the school admission process and primary school admissions.

To appeal against an admission decision visit: School admissions-appeals.

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Applications of Primary school places 2022/23

Applications for primary school places for September 2022 are now closed.

An offer will be sent to parents and carers on 19 April 2022.

To make a late application click here Apply here

For more general information regarding the school admission process click here: School admission process This includes:

  • An explanation of the process for applying for a school place, including important dates

  • The selection process

  • Over-subscription criteria

  • Details of when offers of places will be communicated to parents

  • How applications can be made outside of the normal procedure and how they will be dealt with

  • Dates of when any waiting list will be held until following communication for offers of places.


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

At Annfield Plain Junior School, we look at the educational needs of a pupil with disabilities and special needs. In liaison with all other professionals involved with the pupil, we plan a comprehensive learning package that will allow for measurable learning opportunities to be put in place. This means that the pupil and all adults involved in supporting that pupil will meet to plan the educational provision best suited to the needs of the individual student. At all times we work closely with parents to ensure that their child receives the very best educational experience that Annfield Plain Junior School can offer.

Annfield Plain Junior School consists of two buildings, both of which have steps into the buildings. Therefore, there are access limitations to both buildings. However, at Annfield Plain Junior School we welcome any further suggestions as to how we could improve our accessibility to all, whatever the disability. Our School Accessibility Policy may be viewed in the School Policies page of our website.

If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.

Our School Day

Here is a breakdown of our school day:

The school day begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. (31 hours, 15 minutes per week). Children are not expected to arrive at school before 8:30 a.m. The front school gate opens at 8:30 am and pupils enter school on arrival between 8:30 and 8:45 am. Staff are available at the front gate to greet pupils and parents.


  • Morning Break  – Lower School 10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

  • Morning Break – Upper School 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

  • Lunch Break for Lower School Mrs Taylor’s & Miss Angus’ classes  11:30am -12:10pm

  • Lunch Break for Upper School Mrs Buckton’s class 11:45am – 12:25pm

  • Lunch Break for Upper School Mrs Marley’s and Mrs Dorward’s classes 12:15 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.

  • End of Day 3:00 p.m. Mrs Taylor’s and Miss Angus’ classes leave by the front gate. Mrs Buckton’s, Mrs Marley’s and Mrs Dorward’s leave by the side gate of school.

Childcare Provision

Annfield Plain Junior School’s offer of childcare provision is in partnership with our feeder infant school. There is an offer of wrap-around care from 8 am to 5 pm to junior school pupils, run by the Infant School and taking place at the Infant School.


Full details of the provision provided can be found in the Childcare Provision section of our website. To book a place, please phone Annfield Plain Infant School on: 01207 234691.

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