If you have a child who is due to start a primary, infant or junior school in Reception or Year 3 in September 2019 or a secondary school in Year 7 in September 2019 you can apply for that place from the above link.


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.


For secondary applications your child's date of birth should be between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008.

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 10 September to 31 October 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 your preferred school.


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 2014 and 31 August 2015
  • For junior year 3 applications - between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012

The preference period for primary, infant and junior applications runs from 24 September 2018 to 15 January 2019.

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.

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.  

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 the guidance booklets, you can select them from the 'Related downloads' section on the LA website.

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 2019 for secondary schools and 16 April 2019 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 the LA who can also help with any technical queries or difficulties you have with your application.