Applying for a school - school admissions
If you have a child who is due to start a primary, infant or junior school in Reception or Year 3 in September 2018 or a secondary school in Year 7 in September 2018 you can apply for that place from these web pages.
Schools in Sunderland
Details of all schools, including Special Schools, are in the Schools Directory (on our Schools in Sunderland page).
You can find information on how they are performing on the Government's School performance tables website.
If you live outside Sunderland, you must apply to your home authority. This is normally the council that collects your council tax.
Applying online is the simplest option
School places are not allocated on a first come, first served basis. You can apply any time in the preference period. Please make sure all details are correct before submitting your form.
When you apply online you will receive an email confirmation once your application has been received.
You will also receive an email notification about your child's school place sooner than if you had applied by post.
Secondary school applications
For secondary applications your child's date of birth should be between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007.
If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs, you should by now have had a review of your child's needs and been provided with an amended plan or statement. You can still apply for a place for your child using the online system. If you require more advice and guidance please contact the Special Educational Needs and Accessibility Team.
The preference period for secondary applications runs from 11 September to 31 October 2017.
Your application must be submitted by the end of this preference period in order for you to have the best chance of obtaining the your preferred school.
Please note the following amendment for the Admission to Secondary School booklet. The Published Admission Number (PAN) for Southmoor Academy for September 2018 is 240 and not 210. This relates to pages 11 and 46 in the booklet below.
Primary, infant or junior school applications
You can apply for a primary or infant school place in reception or a junior school place in year three at the start of the normal school year, provided that your child was born between the following dates:
- For infant and primary reception applications - between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014
- For junior year 3 applications - between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011
The preference period for primary, infant and junior applications runs from 25 September 2017 to 15 January 2018.
Your application must be submitted by the end of this preference period in order for you to have the best chance of obtaining the school of your choice.
- Please note that the admission criteria for East Herrington Primary Academy included in the booklet is incorrect. The correct version is below. This refers to page 47 in the booklet.
Apply for a school place online
During the preference period, you can apply online.
The more information you have about the schools you are considering, the better. The 'Related links' section of this page provides further useful information about our schools and the 'External links' section provides links to some useful websites.
Information packs will be sent out to community nurseries, private nurseries, infant schools and primary schools in September and you should receive a letter explaining what to do.
However, if you would like a copy of our guidance booklets, you can select them from the 'Related downloads' section on this page.
You may wish to read our School admissions - glossary of terms page if there are any phrases you are unsure of or do not understand.
If you cannot access a computer or cannot use your mobile device to complete the online form, you can get online at any of our Customer Service Centres.
On 1 March 2018 for secondary schools and 16 April 2018 for primary schools, you will be able to log back into your online account to check whether your child has been offered a school place. Simply log in and click on your child's name.
School admissions enquiries
If you have any questions about making an application for a secondary school, or want some help, please contact us. We can also help with any technical queries or difficulties you have with your application.