School Admissions

The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding. Pupils are highly motivated to do their very best. Adults’ praise and smiles, or words of encouragement are greatly valued. Small incentives, such as Stanley Crook bronze, silver and gold badges, also inspire pupils and are much sought after. As some pupils said, ‘you feel determined to do well’, ‘you get that really good feeling inside’ and ‘it feels amazing’ when ‘all the hard work has paid off’ (Ofsted, 2019).

Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important things that you will do.  We hope that Stanley Crook Primary School is the school that you choose for your child and that you will experience a happy partnership with us so your child leaves ready to take full advantage of the many opportunities at secondary school and beyond.

Our Teams have a maximum number of 30 children and are formed as mixed-age classes. Stanley Crook Primary School benefits from a highly skilled, knowledgeable and commitment staff team, which puts children at the heart of everything.

School is open for teaching purposes for a total of 32.5 hours each week. Morning registration is 8:45am and the end of the school day is 3:15pm.

School also offers a range of ‘wraparound’ provision, including:

  • Breakfast Club (Monday-Friday) from 8:00am
  • Curriculum After-School Clubs (Monday-Friday) 3:15pm to 4:15pm
  • Discovery Club (Monday-Friday) 3:15pm to 5:30pm

School has an admission limit of 19 pupils for the 2024/2025 academic year.

Please contact the school office on 01388762858 to arrange a tour of the school. We look forward to welcoming you to our friendly and happy school! 

Alternatively, please feel free to view our virtual school tour and walkaround videos by clicking the link below (these virtual tours were created in 2020 – during the height of the COVID pandemic, when visits to school were not permitted – but still provide a good overview of our school. Enjoy!):

Stanley Crook Primary School is committed to improving outcomes for all pupils and 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.

Full details of the admission arrangements can be found in the Primary and Secondary Admissions brochure 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 the Durham County Council website for more information:

Primary school places – Durham County Councildeadline for applications for the 2024/2025 academic year has now passed (15th January 2024).

Please contact the Admission team at the Local Authority using the link above, if you require further assistance.

To appeal against an admission decision visit: School admissions-appeals.

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 to meet with Mr Christie (Headteacher) and Mrs Martin (School SENCo.).


‘To try our best, to tell the truth, to look after each other and our community’

Parent Feedback:

“In my opinion both the teaching and the leadership at Stanley Crook Primary are exceptional and I am so happy that I chose this school for my son to attend.”

“Both of my boys love going to school. They are happy and settled and I feel the standard of teaching is high. I would recommend it to other parents.”

“My son loves school and never has anything negative to say. The teaching staff are very committed to their job and I would have no problem recommending the school.”

“My son thrives at the school. He loves going to school because he enjoys it, he loves the teachers and all staff there. He has made lots of lovely friends there and when he comes home from school he is full of what he has learnt and I can’t ask much more than that. It’s a great school and a privilege to be part of.”

“We have found that the school is excellent in identifying and supporting students with SEN. We appreciate the huge efforts that the teachers and management go to make everyone feel special and included. Thank you TEAM Stanley Crook.”

“Stanley Crook School have been exceptional in every way in the care of our daughter and son in school. The work put into supporting SEN students is absolutely incredible and utterly faultless. As parents we couldn’t ask for more.”

“What a lovely inclusive primary school Stanley Crook is. Without the level of support that our son with ASD receives he would be segregated from his local community. Staff are professional, friendly and approachable.”

“Both of my children enjoy going to school. I’m overwhelmed some days at the progress my older child has made at such a young age. Everyone at the school is friendly and very approachable, the school must be commended on everything they do. I’m so glad I close this school for my kids as they are so happy and settled here. Thanks to all of the staff !”

Parent/ Carer Survey

In the most recent Parent/ Carer School Survey (January 2023):

  • 100% of parents/ carers ‘Agree’ or ‘Strongly Agree’ that their child is happy at school
  • 100% of parents/ carers ‘Agree’ or ‘Strongly Agree’ that their child feels safe at school
  • 97% of parents/ carers ‘Agree’ or ‘Strongly Agree’ that school makes sure pupils are well behaved (1 response ‘don’t know’).
  • 100% of parents/ carers of children with SEND ‘Agree’ or ‘Strongly Agree’ that school gives children the support that they need to succeed.
  • 100% of parents/ carers ‘Agree’ or ‘Strongly Agree’ that their child does well at school
  • 100% of parents/ carers ‘Agree’ or ‘Strongly Agree’ that there is a good range of subjects available for their child in school
  • 100% of parents/ carers ‘Agree’ or ‘Strongly Agree’ that school lets them know how their child in doing
  • 97% of parents/ carers would recommend our school to another parent

Privacy Policy

We regard your privacy as important and any personal information you give to us will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulations.

We do not store personal information about individuals who visit this site except where they provide contact information via our contact us page and contact forms available on various pages throughout the website.

Any information you provide will only be used for the reasons specified and it will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Your contact details are kept securely and are only accessed by authorised members of staff as part of the provision of school services. If you do not wish us to keep this contact information please tell us.

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This website contains links to other websites. The School is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or organisations and recommends you consult the privacy information on those sites.

This policy will be reviewed and updated versions will be posted on the website.

If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner is the independent regulator for both Data Protection and Freedom of Information.