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Apply for a primary school place

Children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 are due to start primary school in September 2024. 

If you live in Plymouth you can apply for a primary, infant or junior school place for your child from 15 November 2023

If you do not live in Plymouth but want to apply for a Plymouth school, you will need to apply through your local council.  

Primary school  Date 
Applications open  Wednesday 15 November 2023 
Applications close  Monday 15 January 2024 
Offer day  Tuesday 16 April 2024 
Deadline to accept offer  Tuesday 23 April 2024 

Choosing a school 

You can find schools on the GOV.UK website

You will need to read the school's admissions policy and criteria. Under certain admission criteria, you will also need to check if a supplementary information form needs to be completed with your application.  

The school will have their admission policy and supplementary information form (if needed) on their website. 

Apply for a school place 

You apply for a school place online through the Plymouth Citizen Portal. You will need to create an account to apply.   

You can apply for up to 3 schools. When applying you will be able to set your most preferred school. 

If you have a My Plymouth account you will still need to create an account on the Plymouth Citizen Portal, the accounts are not linked. 

Primary school applications open 15 November.

You can amend and resubmit your application until 15 January (application’s closing date).  

If you are not sure if you already have an account, try registering for a new account. If you have already registered and forgotten your password, you can reset your password. If you do not receive a reset password email and include:

  • email address used in the registration 
  • your name 
  • child’s name

Offer day 

We will tell you which school your child has been allocated to on 16 April 2023. 

You will need to inform the School Admissions team whether you accept or reject the allocation offer by 23 April 2023.  You do not need to contact the allocated school.

Your child will be placed on a waiting list for any higher ranked schools that you did not get an offer for.  

For example, if you are offered a place for your second preferred school, you will be added to the waiting list for the first preferred school. If you do not wish to remain on a waiting list you must inform the School Admissions team by email:

You can appeal against a school refusal decision.

Applying for a school place during the school year 

If you're moving to Plymouth or want to change schools in Plymouth during the school year, you need to complete an in-year application form

Nursery school place 

You can find a Nursery school on the GOV.UK website.

You will need to read the admissions policy and criteria. 

You will need to apply for a place through the nursery school. 

Infant and junior schools

The application process and key dates are the same as applying for a primary school place.

Additional information 

Our parents’ guide has full details on: 

  • how admissions works 
  • allocations 
  • choosing a school 
  • applying 
  • commonly asked question  

Supplementary information forms