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Apply for an infant or primary (reception or foundation) school place

If you live in Plymouth and your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019, you can apply online for a primary or infant reception/foundation school place for your child from Tuesday 15 November 2022.

Once you have created an account through the Citizen Portal, you can apply for up to three schools (your first, second and third preference).

Some schools also ask you to complete additional supplementary information forms. For example the standard application form doesn't ask about faith so faith schools may ask you about this on a supplementary information form. Some schools give priority to children of members of staff and will ask for submission of a supplementary information form as proof. Some schools may have exceptional medical/social reasons as part of their admission criteria and will ask for submission of a supplementary information form. Please read the admission policy for each school which is available on the individual schools website.

Note: It is your responsibility as a parent to make sure the appropriate Supplementary Information Forms are completed and returned with the application form.

Step 1

Find the three schools you're interested in. If you are interested in schools outside of Plymouth, you will need to look at their individual websites.

Read the relevant admission criteria for each school. All of the information you need including the timetable for application is in the booklet below:

Plymouth Parents Guide

Step 2

You can register online and apply for a school place through the Citizen Portal. Please remember the password you create as you'll need this every time that you log into the portal. Once you have registered, you'll receive an email confirmation of registration.

You can apply online from 15 November 2022. When you apply for a school place, you'll receive a confirmation email. Please keep this email.

If you have previously registered and forgotten your password, please click on the forgotten password link in the portal. If you do not receive a reset password email please email the following details to

  • Email address used in the registration
  • Your name
  • Child’s name

In-Year School Transfer

Information and applications details are available on our in year admissions page.

Apply for a school place

If you have any problems completing the online form contact the School admissions team via email

Supplementary Information Forms (SIF's)

SIF - Staff

Citizens Portal guidance

Step 3

You can go back into your account any time up until the close date to amend your application. If you do this, please remember to re-submit your application and to make sure that you keep the confirmation email.

We will notify you of your child's allocation on Monday 17 April 2023 to tell you which school your child has been allocated.  You can also sign back into your online account on that date to view the allocation.

Once you receive the allocation, you need to tell us whether or not you wish to accept the place.

For any school that you ranked higher than the one we allocated, your child will automatically be placed on the waiting list and will be considered if a vacancy comes up. If your child is allocated to a higher ranked school in further allocations, the new allocation will outweigh your previous acceptance of the lower ranked school. This means that when we allocate the higher ranked place, we will take away the previous school allocated and give it to someone else. If, after the initial allocation has been made, you no longer wish to be on the waiting list for a higher ranked school you must tell us in writing as soon as possible, this can be done via email.

You will also have the right of appeal to an independent panel against any school place refusal.

Email for further information about choosing and applying for schools.