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School Admissions

Applications for places in primary, junior and secondary schools are processed by the School Admissions Team within Sunderland City Council. 

The School Admissions Team can provide advice and guidance to parents / carers about applying for school places when children are due to start a school.

Further information and guidance can be found on the Sunderland City Council website

Request to defer entry to Reception - summer born children

Parents/carers of children born in the summer term, i.e. between 1 April until 31 August, may request that they are admitted outside of their normal age group and start Reception class a year later. 

Parents/carers must submit their request to defer entry through their application which must be submitted no later than 15 January 2023.  However, requests received after this date but before the National Offer Day (17 April 2023) may still be considered. 

Any request received after 17 April 2023 will not be considered and it will not be possible to defer entry to school after this date. 

More information is available in the Request to defer entry to Reception - summer born children document on Sunderland City Council's website.

Applying for a school transfer

If you would like to transfer your child to a school in Sunderland (including Hetton-le-Hole, Houghton-le-Spring & Washington), you must complete a School Transfer Application form.  

For further information, and to obtain a copy of a School Transfer Application Form visit the Sunderland City Council website

To apply to transfer to a school in another area, the parent/carer must contact the Council where the desired school is located for advice about their application process. 

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