Apply for a key stage 4

Applying for a Key Stage 4 school place to start in September 2022


Coronavirus (COVID-19) update 

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures, the school admission team will be working off site. 

If you have any problems completing the online form please contact us on 01752 307469 (line open 11am to 3pm) or

If you live in Plymouth, you can apply online for a key stage 4 school place for your child from 23.59 on 6 September 2021. You need to read the individual school's admission arrangements to see what year they accept children from. Some schools also ask you to complete additional supplementary information forms.


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

Plymouth has one key stage 4 school

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, school open event dates, school admission criteria and school contact details (for Plymouth schools) are in booklet below:

Step 2

You can register online and apply for a school place through the Citizen Portal. Please remember the password that you create as you will need this every time that you log into the portal. Once you have registered, you will receive an email confirmation of registration. You can apply online between Monday 6 September 2021 and Sunday 31 October 2021. When you apply for a school place, you will 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


Child's name


Click here to apply for a school place through the Citizen Portal

The above portal is now closed.

Please click on the button below to complete an application form for entry into a KS4.

Do not use this for if you are applying for an In-Year transfer. The In-Year application form can be found on the webpage at In-Year Admissions

Click here to apply for Key Stage 4 Transfer





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 notify your allocation on Tuesday 1 March 2022 to tell you which school your child has been allocated.

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. 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.