Choosing a new school for your child is one of the most important decisions you have to make as a parent and we hope that we will be your first choice. You are more than welcome to visit us before you make your decision. Please contact the school office to make an appointment.
The Local Authority oversee all admission arrangements for our school including admission arrangements for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). All information can be found using the links at the bottom of this page.
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.
Applying for a school place if your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of SEN
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.
Should you wish your child to attend Middlestone Moor Primary, please 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.
Early Years Foundation Stage Entry
All new Reception children are admitted annually into school in September. Transition arrangements being in July each year with children having the opportunity to spend time in their new classroom with peers and staff. Staff will focus transition work on settling children into their new environment and giving children the opportunity to get to know their class group in advance of the start of the academic year. Information on this year’s transition arrangements will be provided to parents in June 2020.
Children will be allocated a key work on entry to school. The key worker is responsible for monitoring children’s progress in learning and their social and emotional development. The key worker is pivotal also, in establishing good home/ school relationships which is a vital component of your child’s education at Middlestone Moor Primary School.
Transfer to Secondary Schools
Admissions to Secondary schools are managed centrally by Durham County Council. A child transfers to Secondary school in September following his/her 11th birthday.
There are regular meetings between Headteachers and teachers to discuss transition arrangements for our children. Children are also given the opportunity to spend time and participate in exciting projects run by our local Secondary schools throughout the year.
Please see the School Policies section where you will find our SEND Policy which refers to other related policies, also ‘Middlestone Moor Primary School Inclusion Policy’ and ‘Middlestone Moor Primary School Single Equality Scheme – which includes our Disability Equality Scheme and action plan. If you would like further information about applying for a place in our school or about your SEND requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact the school and speak to Miss G Richardson, our Head Teacher or Mrs Stamp our School Administrator.