Castle View Enterprise Academy is the admissions authority and determines admissions in accordance with criteria outlined in our admissions policy.

The published admission number for Year 7 entry in September 2024 is 210.

Key Dates And Information

If your child's date of birth falls between 01/09/2012 and 31/08/2013, you will need to apply for a secondary school for September 2024.

Application period - 11 September 2023 until 31 October 2023. If your application is received after 31 October 2023, it will reduce your chance of being offered your preferred school.

National Offer Day - 1 March 2024. Applications for a place should be made through Sunderland City Council Family Portal using this link. If you have any questions or need help with your child's application for a school place you can contact school admissions team who will be happy to assist you.

Our Admissions Criteria

The Trust Board will adopt the equal preference system, whereby all applications are considered at the same time, irrespective of the order of preference. At the first stage of allocations there will be no distinction between 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. preference applications. Therefore all applications will be considered equally against the admission criteria.

If a student then qualifies for a place at more than one school, the parent's highest ranked preference will be offered and any lower ranking offers will be disregarded. In determining allocations, priority will be given to those applications where the parental preference is received by the published deadline date. Where parents have twins, triplets or children from other multiple births and there are not sufficient places for all of the children, the parent will be notified in writing. The decision will then lie with the parent as to whether they take up the school place.

However, where parents do not take up the school place, the place will be offered to the next child on the waiting list where appropriate. Where it is not possible to offer a place at a school, the child will be placed on a waiting list. The waiting list is prioritised using the admission criteria and will be held until the end of the Autumn term, after the children start school in September. Parents who are refused a place have a statutory right of appeal. Further details of the appeals process are available by writing to the Chair of the Trust Board at the Castle View Enterprise Academy address.

Date Action
Week beginning 4 September 2023 Information packs sent to primary schools
Friday 8 September 2023 Information pack handed out to parents
Monday 11 September 2023 Online system available up until closing date
Monday 31 October 2023 Closing date for secondary applications
Wednesday 1 March 2024 (National Offer Day) Secondary 'Offer Day' notification sent to parents
Monday 18 March 2024 Deadline for parents to accept places
Friday 5 April 2023 Appeal forms to be returned to Governance Services
May 2024 Appeals to be heard
June 2024 Appeals to be heard
July 2024 Appeals to be heard
Sunday 31 December 2024 No waiting list available after this date

In Year Transfers

If you would like to transfer your child to Castle View Enterprise Academy, you will need to complete the Sunderland Local Authority transfer form. Once in receipt of your application we will notify you within 10 school days as to whether or not your application form has been successful.

The Local Authority has 5 school days to respond to you. If you ring the school or Sunderland Local Authority requesting information regarding your submitted application then we will endeavour to get back to you within 2 school days. If your application has not been successful due to oversubscription then you will be notified of this, please refer to the appeals process below for further guidance should you wish to appeal.


If you have been unsuccessful in gaining a place at Castle View Enterprise Academy then you have a right to appeal the decision that the school has made. Castle View Enterprise Academy will provide you the formal notice of appeal form at your request along with some information relating to the appeals process.

The appeals process is administered by Sunderland Local Authority but is independent both of the Local Authority and Castle View Enterprise Academy. Prior to the hearing parents/carers are required to complete the appeals form and return it directly to [email protected]. You must return this form within 14 days.

The Academy will provide a statement as to why your child cannot be accepted into the school prior to an appeals hearing. You will be invited to attend an appeals hearing either virtually or in person at an agreed time where you and the Academy will be able to state their cases as to why as a parent/carer you would like your child to attend Castle View Enterprise Academy and the Academy will be able to put their argument as to why they cannot accept anymore pupils into the school.

The independent panel who are made up of three individuals who are independent of the school and local authority will listen carefully to both sides, questions will be asked of the Academy as well as the parents/carers. At the end of the hearing the panel members will make a binding decision. Parents and the Academy will be informed of the panel's decision in writing within 5 working days following the appeal hearing.