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Please view our School Prospectus:

Seaham High School Prospectus 22/23


Admissions to Seaham High School are handled by Durham County Council, please contact directly for any queries.

As an academy our admission number is 240 and oversubscription criteria is as follows;

When there are more requests for places than those available, the following criteria will be used to allocate places strictly in order of priority;

  1. Children who are ‘looked after’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption,residence/child arrangement, or special guardianship order*. A looked after child is a child who is, at the time of making an application to a school, (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
  2. Children who appear to the Admissions Authority to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.
  3. Medical Reasons Children with very exceptional medical factors directly related to school placement
  4. Sibling Links Children who have a sibling** already attending the school and who is expected to be on roll at the school at the time of admission.
  5. Applicants to their nearest School Those children who have applied for a place at the nearest school to their home address measured by the shortest walking route.
  6. All other applicants

Any appeals are dealt with by Durham County Council.

Applications received on or after 1 September 2022 will be treated as in-year admissions.

The LA will, upon request, send a suitable form for parents to complete when applying for a place for their child at any school. All relevant admission authorities will consider any application that is made (making reference to any waiting lists that are in operation) whether via an application form or through a parent’s direct approach to any school, and then notify the LA, if appropriate, of the outcome**. Parents whose applications are refused will be offered a right of appeal.

The LA will monitor in-year applications and intervene as appropriate to ensure that applicants are placed in a school without undue delay.

Parents may ask for their child’s name to be kept on a waiting list, to be offered places if they become available at any school to which they have expressed a preference. The waiting lists – unless Aided Schools or Academies chose to maintain the waiting lists themselves – will be maintained by the LA and any places which become available will be offered strictly in accordance with published admission criteria of the appropriate admissions' authority. Waiting lists will be maintained for the school year. **Any offer of a school place will always be made by the LA.

Please contact Lynn Whitehead ( at the school to find out how to apply for a place at our school or for further information.