PARENTS in County Durham have little over a week left to apply for primary school places for their children.

The deadline for applications to Durham County Council for the next academic year, starting September 2017, is Sunday, January 15.

Councillor Ossie Johnson, cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said: “In our county we benefit from many schools with superb facilities and dedicated, talented staff, and we hope that through our admissions system people can express their preferences and see children enjoy a happy and successful education.

“We know that the decision of where to send your children is a big one, and can be difficult, but we would urge parents to make sure they apply by the deadline as a late application greatly reduces your chances of getting into your preferred school.”

Applications can be made online at or by post.

Forms can also be requested by phoning 03000-265896 or the School Admissions and Transport Team at Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UJ.

Offers of places will be made on April 16.