Apply for a secondary (year 6 to year 7) school place

Applying for a secondary 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 until further notice. 

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

If you live in Plymouth and you child was born between 01 September 2010 and 31 August 2011, you can apply online for a secondary (year 7) school place for your child from 23.59 on 6 September 2021.

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. Some schools give priority to children of members of staff and will ask for submission of a supplementary 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 in the guide for parents below.

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 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 email a reset password email please email the following details to

Email address used to register


Child's name

Contact number


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 a year 6 to year 7 transfer.

Do not use this form 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 Year 6 to Year 7 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 will notify you of 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 (exception DHS Boys) 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.