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The Rydal Academy consulted on their Admission Arrangements for 2021-22 and determined their Admission Arrangement through the Governing Body in February 2020.


Current pupil admission numbers are 90 per cohort.

Nursery 78 (maximum session number)
Reception 90
Year 1 90
Year 2 90
Year 3 90
Year 4 90
Year 5 90
Year 6 90

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) 406333

In Year Application Forms or transfer forms can also be collected from the school office. (Swift Academies In-Year Admissions Policy)

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

The school will then arrange a date and time for you to come in and have a look around with your child. At this appointment you will be given a pack of forms to fill in that the school require to put your child on roll. Once the forms and a copy of your child’s birth certificate are returned to the school a start date can be agreed.

Appeals Timeline

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
Nursery Admissions Arrangements 2021-22
Nursery Admissions Arrangments 2020-21


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.​

Admission Arrangements 2021-22
Admission Arrangements 2020-21
Admission Arrangements 2019-20


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


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 Privacy Notice which explains about data held on your child/ren. ​