If you have a child who is due to start a primary, infant or junior school in Reception or Year 3 in September 2022 or a secondary school in Year 7 in September 2022 you can apply for that place from the above links.


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 2010 and 31 August 2011.

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 13 September 2021 to 31 October 2021.

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:

The preference period for primary, infant and junior applications runs from 4 October - 15 January 2022.