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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 Gordan. 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.

2020 Transition – COVID-19: Parental Information 

We will be placing useful information and updates here for the 2020 transition which will obviously be delivered different to other years, as a result of COVID-19.

Free school meals verification check 

Home school agreement 

Transition letter 

Uniform letter (27-4-20)

Uniform requirements 2020

Transition Letter (18-5-20)


2020 Transition – COVID-19: Pupil Challenges

Our departments have created a range of challenges for our Year 6 pupils to complete, these will be added to over time, and are listed below. Good luck!

Challenge 1: Master Chef 

The Challenge

Challenge Example

Challenge Template

Challenge 2: Geography Passport

The Challenge

Mrs Laidlaw’s Geography Passport Example

Miss Sweet’s Geography Passport Example

Mr Knights’ Geography Passport Example

Challenge 3: History

The Challenge

Challenge 4: English

Yr6 Template + Model Answer

Challenge 5: Art

The Challenge

Challenge 6: MFL

The Challenge

Challenge 7: PE

The Challenge

Challenge 8: Science

The Challenge

Challenge 9: Reading

The Challenge

Challenge 10: Computer Science

The Challenge

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


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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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