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Click on the below link to apply online.

Sunderland City Council - Online school admissions 


The Local Authority is responsible for the admission criteria for all Community schools.  As a result of a review, from September 2003, the council's Cabinet agreed that the catchment system should be stopped and replaced by a cluster system.  A cluster is a group of primary schools (including infant and junior schools) which feed into a single secondary school.  All Community secondary schools and some Academies now have cluster primary schools.   

If you have a child who is due to start a primary, infant or junior school in Reception or Year 3 in September 2017 or a secondary school in Year 7 in September 2017 you can apply for that place from using the above link. 

Secondary admission preference period begins on 12 September 2016 and ends on 31 October 2016.  Any forms received after this date will be considered after those received on time.  Acceptance forms should be returned by 24 March 2017.  Appeals  are held from May to July 2017. 

Primary admission preference period begins on 26 September 2016 and ends on 16 January 2017.  Acceptance forms should be returned by 5 May 2017.  Appeals are held from June - July 2017.

If you have any further questions about admission arrangements please contact:-

Sunderland City Council Customer Services on:-

Telephone:                                0191 520 5553



Parental Responsibility

All natural mothers, except where the child is subsequently adopted

All natural fathers married to the child's mother at the time of birth, or subsequently

Natural fathers who are not married to the child's mother may obtain parent responsibility by:-

Court order

  • Formal agreement lodged at court
  • Residence order
  • Named on the child's birth certificate if the child was born after 1 December 2003

 Adopted parents

 Guardians appointed by will or agreement

 All persons holding a residence order

Where there is a Placement Order in force the Adoption Agency share parental responsibility with the birth mother\father and the prospective adoptors once the chid is placed with them but the Adoption Agency decides how the parental responsibility is exercised

  • Special Guardianship Order where the birth parents parental responsibility is suspended except in relation to agreeing to an adoption order
  • The Local Authority share parental responsiblity when a Care Order (including an Interim Care Order) is in place
  • Foster carers do not have parental responsiblilty

There is a presumption of paternity when a couple are married but this can be rebutted, for example through DNA testing.