Apply for an infant or primary (reception or foundation) school place for the next academic year

Apply for an infant or primary school place

If you live in Plymouth, you can apply online for a primary or infant reception/foundation school place for your child.

Once you've 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.

You may also need to complete a supplementary information form if you're applying for a school in Plymouth and you are a member of staff at the school (if the school's admission criteria lists children of staff at the school as a priority category).

Step 1

Find the three schools you're interested in from our find a school section.

Read the relevant admission criteria for each school. All of the information you need including the school admission criteria, process timetable and school contact details are in booklet below:

Download Starting infant or primary school booklet: A parents' guide [PDF, 1.7MB]

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 between 5 September 2016 and 15 January 2017. When you apply for a school place, you'll receive a confirmation email. Please keep this email.


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 post a letter to you on 18 April 2017 to tell you which school your child has been allocated. This means that you won't receive the letter until after 18 April 2017. If you applied online you'll receive an email on 18 April 2017 to tell you the allocation. 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.

Email or call 01752 307166 for further information about choosing and applying for schools. School admissions staff are available from 11am to 3pm.