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Welcome to the Family Portal

To use this site you will need to first register (this is a new portal for the submission of school place applications, for Sept 2021 entry), then you can add and view applications for:

  • Secondary school places for Sept 2021 entry from 7 September 2020 (Closing date 31 October 2020)

  • Primary school places (inc. infant & junior) for Sept 2021 entry from 21 September 2020 (Closing date 15 January 2021)

Admissions Guidance here

Once the closing date has passed, it is no longer possible to apply online for a school place. If you need a paper application form, you can request a copy either by emailing schooladmissions@sunderland.gov.uk or contacting the Council's Service Centre on (0191) 520 5553. Alternatively, your child's current school may have a copy of the application form.

  • Free school meals - once your child attends school or has a confirmed school place. Guide is available here

  • Two Year Old Early Education Funding

Forgotten your password?

Please use the forgotten password facility on the left-hand side of this page.


Register here if you do not have an account.

This is the first time, that school place applications have been made on this system, so anyone who had previously submitted a school place application using the old system will need to register again, UNLESS you have previously used this portal to apply for either a Free School Meal or a Two Year Old Early Education Funding. You will use the same registration in this situation.

Recommendations before using the Family Portal

  1. The following web browsers are supported: Internet Explorer v11 (32 & 64 bit); Safari; Google Chrome (latest version) and Edge.

  2. The portal will timeout after 20 minutes. Your application will be saved each time the `next/continue' button is selected. If a timeout occurs you will need to login again to continue with your application form.

  3. We recommend using a larger screen device, for example a PC, laptop or notebook as there are a number of fields to complete.