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The Rydal Academy

The Rydal Academy


Welcome to Darlington’s Traveller Education and Attainment Service. We hope that if you are looking at this page you are well on your way to enrolling your child/children in a Darlington School.

For admissions to primary and secondary school of school age: all enquiries should be made to the Admissions Team on 01325 388812 / 388027 or by email:

We understand that some parents may have anxieties about sending their child/children to school. 

However we can help, contact us using the details found on our home page and we will support you in finding the right school or nursery place for your child/children.

Traveller site provision in Darlington

The Council provides two caravan sites for travellers that have been in use for over thirty years. Both sites are leased and managed by members of the Gypsy community. In addition there are three small private owner occupied sites.

Neasham Road caravan site was established in the 1970's with 20 pitches. Each pitch is provided with an individual amenity block and a hard standing for 2 caravans and  vehicles.

Honeypot Lane caravan site was established in 1970's and refurbishment started in 2004 with the aid of grants from central government. In 2006, following completion of the works, there are 32 residential pitches (23 with their own amenity blocks and 9 pitches for mobile chalet type caravans). There are, in addition, 24 transit pitches for travellers who can stay for up to 8 weeks . All pitches are hard standings and capable of accommodating two caravans, with tow vehicles, to allow families to be together.

There are two communal toilet blocks, for the use of residents on the transit pitches. Each of these blocks includes showers and separate accessible shower/toilet room.

There is also on site a ‘SureStart’ communal building, a separate parking area for heavy goods vehicles and a laundry room with automatic washing machines and tumble driers .

The ‘SureStart’ communal building was developed with finance from SureStart, the Council and Darlington Primary Care Trust. This provides a modern facility for the provision of services to travellers.

Using a grant of £489,00, from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, construction started in February 2006 and was completed in August 2006 for a second transit site, at Honeypot Lane. The funding paid for the whole cost of providing the 12 new hard standing pitches, a security fence, street lighting, an amenity block providing separate Male and female facilities (each with a shower, 3 WC's and 2 Wash hand basin) together with separate accessible shower/toilet room and laundry room. Each pitch, for up to 2 caravans, has separate electric supply, water supply and drainage