Gillas Lane Primary Academy and Nursery, Seaton Avenue, Houghton Le Spring, Sunderland, DH5 8EH

0191 500 5956

Gillas Lane Primary Academy and Nursery

Proud to be part of Aim High Academy Trust



Admissions Policy 2025-26


If you are choosing a Primary school we are happy to meet with possible new parents and children but, to make sure there is someone free to see you, it is best to telephone first.


Admissions to our Nursery class are dealt with in school.  Parents should register their child for a place shortly after the child’s second birthday – please call at the school’s main office bringing with you the child’s birth certificate and proof of your current address, e.g. utility bill etc.


Children can join the Reception class at the beginning of the school year in which they will be 5.  Admissions for Reception class are dealt with by the City of Sunderland’s Admissions Team (link to website below).  If there are more applicants than there are vacancies, places are allocated using the criteria set out in our Admissions Policy.


An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside of the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are places available.  Applications should be made by contacting the school office directly and a school transfer form will also need to be completed.  Parents will be advised of the outcome of their application. Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria will be applied.  If there are no places available, a request can be made that the child is added to the waiting list.


To apply for a Reception/Year 7 place and for further information about admission arrangements, please visit our local authority website. 

To appeal a decision where a year group is full, please complete our appeals form.  Appeals timetable.

If your child is moving to another primary school within Sunderland, please click here to access a school transfer form.