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Please read the information below for queries relating to Year 6 transition, in-year admissions, and admissions to our Sixth Form.

Sixth Form

For anyone who is interested in our sixth form provision, please visit the sixth form page on this website.

To speak to someone directly about our sixth form, contact Mrs Mersh-Roberts.

Follow us on @FSDSixth

Visit our website here.

Admissions During the School Year 

Throughout the academic year, we are approached to enrol students in all year groups. We are happy to discuss this with prospective parents. If you would like to consider joining us, please contact Mrs Gordon. FSD follows the Durham County admissions process. Once you have made your decision, please follow this link here.

Please note that if you wish to proceed with an in-year application, transfer forms are not available from the school. You must contact Durham County Council – see the following pages from their website for advice.

Transferring from Year 6  

Mrs Mersh-Roberts coordinates our transition programme. We work with local primary schools and parents throughout Years 5 and 6 to ensure that the transition process is as smooth as possible. We provide opportunities for parents and children to visit us prior to them making an application via Durham County Council in the autumn of Year 6.

2021 Transition – COVID-19: Parental Information – Virtual Programme

Due to COVID -19 we are working on a virtual programme for prospective students, parents and carers. We are currently not planning to hold an open evening and will not be able to accommodate any visits to the site within the first half term, September- October 2020 .

This is subject to change and we will review this in line with national developments.

We will be bringing you a range of videos, including interviews with students and staff that can help you when making your choice. A virtual tour of the school will also be made available very soon. The school prospectus will be distributed to local primary schools in September.

Useful Information

Below are quick and handy links to documents and information about FSD which will be useful to prospective parents when considering schools for their child.

Latest Ofsted report

DfE School Performance tables

Durham County Admissions Process


Twitter Wall


Virtual Open Evening (2021 Year 7 Intake)

Thursday 24th September 2020 - Information coming soon!

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Amanda is Chair of the Excel Academy Trust Board. Amanda became a parent governor in 2009 and has enjoyed several responsibilities across this time including being Chair of the Achievement and Standards committee, a member of the Excel Academy Audit committee, and most recently has been appointed as a Member of the Excel Academy Partnership. Her career started out with the Halifax Building Society where she worked as a mortgage advisor for 20 years, before entering the political arena. Amanda is a County Councillor for Durham County Council, representing Framwellgate and Newton Hall ward. Amanda was formerly a student at Framwellgate School Durham, where she met her husband and many other friends, as well as taking on the responsibility of being Deputy Head Girl. Amanda is passionate about the school and local area and is actively involved in the school at every opportunity.

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