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.
Currently the school has 52 Nursery places and 16 places for two year olds. The Nursery offers a flexible approach to hours within a total of 15 hours for each child. In addition to the Nursery, the school offers a total number of 420 mainstream places and 20 places in the Enhanced Mainstream Provision for children with significant speech and language difficulties, as agreed by a panel for the Local Authority. There are two classes per year group with 30 children in each class plus children from the Enhanced Mainstream Provision in one class in each year group. Our Admissions Policies can be downloaded from the following links.
Children are eligible for Nursery in the term following their 3rd birthday. Detailed information about our nursery admissions can be found at http://www.durham.gov.uk/earlyyears
Application forms are available to collect from the school office, by post, email or download a copy here:
Parents and their children are always welcome to visit our Nursery; if you would like to arrange this or would like further information please contact Mrs Crook via the school office.
30 Hour Free Entitlement
Timothy Hackworth School are able to offer 30 hours free child care to eligible parents. Interested parents can contact the school office for more details – Telephone 01388 772959.
More information about eligibility and how to apply can be found at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
Play and Learn Places
Timothy Hackworth Pre-School has free play and learn places available for 2 year old children. Your 2-year-old will be eligible if you get one of the following benefits:
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Tax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
Eligibility criteria for Universal Credit is currently subject to consultation and will be confirmed before the start of the Summer term.
A child can also get free play and learn sessions if they:
are looked after by the council
have a current statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
they get Disability Living Allowance
have left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order
Further information and application guidance an be found at http://www.durham.gov.uk/playandlearn
Will your child turn 5 between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2012? If so, you need to complete an application online to tell us which school you would like your child to attend from September 2020. Visit http://www.durham.gov.uk/schooladmissions where you can access a useful guide to help with your application. Paper application forms are available on request. You still need to apply even if your child attends the nursery unit attached to the school or already has a sibling at the school. You will also need to complete an application for a place in a junior school for an older child. For more information please contact School Places and Admissions Team at Durham County Council.
Applications open 12 September 2019 and close midnight 15 January 2020. Our school’s published admission number for 2020 is 60.
Full details of the admission arrangements can be found in the Primary And Secondary School Admission Guide 20/21 produced by Durham County Council and further information can be found in the school Admissions Policy that can be found in the School Policies section of our website.
Visit http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/2189/Apply-for-a-primary-place-deadline-15-January to apply for a primary school place or to find out more information. To appeal against an admission decision visit: School admissions-appeals.
Secondary School Admissions
Young people born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 will transfer to secondary education in September 2020. The Durham County School Admissions Department recommend parents to submit an online application at http://www.durham.gov.uk/schooladmissions.
Applications for September 2020 is now open and the closing date is 31 October 2019. Parents will be informed of the allocated school place in March 2020.
Visit the Durham County Council website http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/2192/Apply-for-a-secondary-place-deadline-31-October for information regarding the school admission process and to apply for a secondary school place. Further information is also available here: Secondary 2020 Preference Letter to Parents
To appeal against an admission decision visit: School admissions-appeals.
If you have any questions or queries please contact Ms Dobson via the school office or the Admissions Team on 03000 265896/265892.
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.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.