Reception Admissions

Children eligible to apply for a Reception class school place will be informed of the process via a letter from Sunderland Council, usually in the September of the preceding academic year.  These letters are distributed via Nursery schools and given to those children registered at their setting.  If your child does not attend a Nursery, please contact the Life, Family and Learning team at Sunderland Council directly on 0191 520 5553 to find out more.

Hetton Lyons Primay Schools published admissions policy, including over-subscription criteria, can be foudn by clicking the document below.  This information is also published on the School Admissions section of Sunderland Council’s website.

Admission Criteria 2021-2022

Admission Criteria 2022-2023

Admissions Criteria 2023-2024

Appeals Process

More information on reception admissions is available form Sunderland City Council via this link


In-Year Admissions

If you are applying for an in-year place at Hetton Lyons Primary School please complete the Primary School Transfer Form below.

Primary School Transfer Form – from Sept 2021

All application forms received will be considered by the school according to the published admissions criteria, taking account of current year group waiting lists if applicable. Hetton Lyons Primary School has a published admissions number of 60 children per year group. Upon receipt of the transfer form from your child’s current school, we will notify parents and carers of the outcome of the application within 10 school days and provide a written decision within 15 school days.

If there are no places available and the year group is full, you can appeal the decision. To receive an appeals form, please contact the school office via telephone on 0191 5634200 or by email at