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

Applying for a secondary school place to start in September 2021

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 2009 and 31 August 2010, you can apply online for a secondary (year 7) school place for your child from 23.59 on 3 September 2020.

Once you've created an account through the Citizen Portal, you can apply for up to four schools (your first, second third and fourth 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. Please read the admission policy for each school which is available in the Next and Another Step guide below.

Step 1

Find the four schools you're interested in. Our find a school section shows details of the schools in Plymouth and gives links to their websites. 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 Friday 4 September 2020 and Saturday 31 October 2020. When you apply for a school place, you will receive a confirmation email. Please keep this email.


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

The above portal is now closed.

If you are applying for a Year 6 to Year 7 school place for September 2021, please click on the "Apply for a school place" button below.

Apply for a school place

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


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 Monday 1 March 2021 to tell you which school your child has been allocated. If you applied online you'll receive an email on 1 March 2021 to tell you the allocation. You can also sign back into your online account on that date to view the allocation. If you applied by paper, and did not request to be informed via email, we will post a letter to you on 1 March 2021 - that means that you will not receive the letter until after this date.

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. 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.