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Consultation on Admission Arrangements 2020-2021

The Rydal Academy are consulting on their proposed admission arrangements for 2020/2021. The consultation will run from Monday 5th November 2018 to Friday 21st December 2018.

For details view this link for the full consultation document or email any comments to Mr D Judson, Chief Executive via


School Admissions

Current pupil admission numbers are 90 per cohort.


Admission limit


78 (Maximum Session Number)



Year 1


Year 2


Year 3


Year 4




Year 6


All admissions are managed by Darlington Borough Council and admissions forms can be downloaded from the Darlington Borough Council website or requested from the admissions team on: 

Admissions Team
Town Hall
Co Durham

tel: 01325 405907/405909

In Year Application Form.pdf Admission or transfer forms can also be collected from the school office.

Once you have completed the admission form and returned it to Darlington Borough Council they will forward the form onto the Headteacher.

The Headteacher will then arrange a date and time for you to come in and have a look round the school with your child. At this appointment you will be given a start date and a pack of forms to fill in that the school require to put your child on roll at this school.

Admissions Criteria 

After the admission of children with an Education, Health and Care Plan where The Rydal Academy is named on the plan, and where the number of applicants is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the criteria set out below, in the following order:

(i)   Looked After Children
(ii)  Medical Reasons
(iii) Family Links
(iv) Distance

Longfield Academy Trust Admissions Policy.pdf

Nursery Admissions 

In line with Local Authority guidelines children start Nursery the term after their third birthday. However, if spaces are available children are invited to start Nursery from their third birthday. They are invited for a visit with their families before starting. The initial length of the sessions can be varied according to the need of each individual child.  

Nursery Application Form.pdf 

Nursery Admissions Arrangments 2020-21

Reception Admissions

New starters in Reception follow a programme of induction, which begins towards the end of their Nursery education.  Children have a half day visit to our Reception class prior to their September start date.  Parents are also invited to an induction meeting.  At the start of the Autumn term all new starters begin school on day one with a half day session and graduate to full day sessions from day two, initial length of the sessions can be varied according to the need of each individual child.​

School Leavers

Should you require any guidance around the school transfer process please ask at the office.

Data Protection (Consent / Contact Forms)

During admission to the school we send out consent and data checking forms for confirmation of details and signature as part of the school induction pack. Under the terms of the Data protection Act 1998 school must ensure that the information held about young people is accurate and up to date. We request any change of details be forwarded to the office staff as soon as possible. School also sends a Fair Processing Notice which explains about data held on your child/ren.  ​