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Ryhope Junior School operates a two form entry system; the main September intake into Year 3 includes children from our feeder school, Ryhope Infant School Academy, but parents can apply to transfer their child to us at any stage of the school year. Sunderland Local Authority do not operate a catchment area system and we therefore cannot discriminate against a pupil admission on the basis of their location to the school; all parents have a right to apply for a school place with us.


The City of Sunderland Admissions Team are on hand to provide advice to parents on all aspects of the admission process. The link below will direct you to their contact page:-


In Year Transfers

If your child attends a school within the Sunderland Authority and you would like to transfer them to Ryhope Junior School, there is a protocol to follow before the move can be approved. In the first instance, you should meet with the Headteacher of the school your child is transferring from to advise that you are considering the move. You will be required to complete and sign a Pupil Transfer Notice, available via which will also be signed by the Headteacher. This form will then be sent to the Admissions Team for processing.


In the meantime, you are advised to make an appointment to meet with the Headteacher, Mrs. Lynn,  to discuss your child's move and receive our own transition information. This will enable you to make an informed decision as to whether we are the right school for your child. The Admissions Team will be able to verify whether there are spaces in the Year group and you will be advised by them, in liaison with ourselves, as to when the transfer can take place.

In all instances, we request the School Admission form is completed if your child has never attended Ryhope Junior School as it covers all permissions and information you may need to know. 

Published Admission Numbers (PAN):

Year 3 60

Year 4 60

Year 5 60

Year 6 60


Right to Appeal:

The school adhere totally to the protocols of the PAN; it is set at a level that best ensures the delivery of quality teaching for all children. To exceed the limits would only have a detrimental impact on this delivery. If you apply for a place at Ryhope Junior School for your child, and the Year Group you require is oversubscribed, you will be informed of this by us at the first point of contact. If, however, you still wish to pursue the possibility of transferring your child to us, there is an appeals process in operation that you may choose to follow. However, the Governing Body have a clear Statement of Intent regarding admission appeals, which parents may wish to review before making a decision to appeal. Copy is available HERE


Further advice can be sought by contacting the City of Sunderland School Admission Team on 0191 561 1399 / 0191 561 1447


Waiting Lists:

Where an appeal is heard and is unsuccessful, parents may request to be held on a waiting list so that they are informed when the next vacancy arises on roll. The list is held by the School Admissions Team, and they would therefore be the first point of contact in such instances.



All children are expected to be punctual, regular attendees at school. Lateness is closely monitored and we welcome parental support in ensuring children get to school on time as persistent lateness disrupts learning, both of the individual child and the class as a whole.

Leave of Absence:

Head Teachers no longer have the discretionary authority to approve holiday leave during term time. This practice changed in September 2013 and only extreme circumstances will now be considered for approved leave. Any parent who wishes to take their child out of school during term time, irrespective of the circumstances, must put it in writing to the Head Teacher as there is now a formal framework in place for the monitoring of attendance an unauthorised absence.

Genuine medical appointments are exempt from this process but parents should still provide copy of any appointment letter etc. as clarification that the appointment is genuine. 


Fixed Penalty Notices - NEW from September 2014


City of Sunderland will be enforcing Fixed Penalty Notices from September 2014 for instances where 20 consecutive school sessions or 10 consecutive school days have been missed due to unauthorised circumstances. The fine is set at £60.00 per child per referral.


Parents may also be interested to review the Local Authority's Code of Conduct regarding the introduction of the Fixed Penalty Notice process, which is available here. It can also be downloaded from the Policy link of the website:

City of Sunderland Code of Conduct : Fixed Penalty Notices