How to Apply

We operate an open access and fully inclusive admissions policy and pupils from all backgrounds and abilities are welcome.

New College Durham Academies Trust is the Admissions Authority. The Trust will consider all admissions applications sent to them by the Local Authority (LA) and will apply the policy fairly and consistently to every application received.

For full details of our Admissions, please see our Admissions Policy.

For entry into Year 7, applications to the Academy will be made through the Local Authority. As a parent/carer you are required to complete the Common Application Form (CAF) which is available from the Local Authority. If you would like to apply for a Year 7 place at the Academy you should name Consett Academy as your preference on the CAF.

How to apply for 2022/23 Academic Year 

If your son/daughter is born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 they will be eligible to start secondary school in September 2022. 

If your son/daughter is at school in County Durham you will receive a letter during September from the admissions team at Durham County Council. You can express up to three preferences for your child to be admitted into a secondary school of your choice. 

If you live outside of County Durham you can still apply to Consett Academy, but you will need to complete the form provided by your Local Authority and name Consett Academy as your first choice.

How to apply online

There are three ways to apply:

  • Contact the admissions team on 03000 265 897 for a paper pack.

The deadline for application to secondary school is 31 October 2021.  Parents/carers will be notified of the child’s school place on 1 March 2022.

Every day is an Open Day

Please just get in touch with Mrs Somerville on 01207 507001 or email: to arrange a convenient time.

In Year Transfers

If you have recently moved into the area and are considering Consett Academy for your son/daughter please contact Christine Connolly  She will be pleased to discuss the process with you.

Please see a copy of our In Year Transfer Form.

Waiting lists/appeals

New College Durham Academies Trust will maintain the waiting list. Positions on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the over subscription criteria. Where places become vacant, they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the over subscription criteria. In line with the DfE School Admission Appeals Code.

Admission Appeals – September 2022 Intake

If you have received notification from Durham County Council, that your child was not successful with their application for a place at Consett Academy, and has instead been offered a place to attend an alternative school from September 2022, you have the right to appeal against this decision.

Please contact the Executive Support Officer, prior to 19th May.

All notice of appeal forms must be submitted prior to 3pm 18th May. Applications received after this time, will not be considered until September 2022.

Independent appeal panel hearings will take place week commencing 13th June 2022.

How To Apply To Join Our Sixth Form

To apply to study at Sixth Form please click here.

1st Round of Applications Deadline – 19th November 2021

Students who meet this deadline will have their options considered when forming the timetable and are more likely to be guaranteed a place to study on their chosen courses.

Interviews will take place by 17th December 2021.

2nd Round of Applications Deadline – 11th February 2022

Students who meet this deadline will be offered a place to study based on the blocks already produced.

Interviews will take place by 25th March 2022.

Late Applications accepted up until 31st August 2022

Applications accepted until the start of the course, however we cannot guarantee to be able to offer first choices of courses.

Interviews will take place as soon as possible, following completed application forms.

Enrolment will take place on GCSE Results Day 2022.