2016 school admission places now open

The school place application process is now open and Plymouth City Council is now taking applications from families whose children:

  • are due to start at primary school for the first time or junior school (having completed Year 2 in an infant school) in September 2016
  • are due to transfer from Year 6 in a primary school to a secondary school in September 2016 or who wish to move from their secondary school to Year 10 of a key stage 4 institution in September 2016.

The deadline for secondary and key stage 4 applications is 31 October 2015 and the deadline for primary and junior school applications is 15 January 2016. The Council is urging parents not to leave their applications until the last minute.

Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Public Health said: “Our school admissions team work extremely hard to make sure that as many parents as possible are not left disappointed when they find out which school their child is going to.

We understand how stressful this process can be for parents so it’s really important that you get those applications in for your preferred school as soon as you can and tell us which three schools are you top choices.”

The easiest way to apply for a place is online through the Council’s website at www.plymouth.gov.uk/schooladmissions , where you will find full details on how to apply and how the admissions system works.

Each school now has its own admission criteria, so it’s important to look at the information relating to specific schools in the admission guidance booklet also on our website.

Parents are warned if they apply late there is a risk that all the places at their preferred schools will be filled by applicants who applied on time. To maximise the chances of being allocated a place at a preferred school, parents are advised to list 3 schools in their application. Where the Council is unable to allocate a place at one of the parent’s preferences, a place will be allocated at the nearest suitable school to the home address with a vacancy after all the preference applications have been considered.

Last year the Council was able to match 88.13 per cent of young people and parents with their first choice of primary school, 99.54 per cent with their first choice of junior school, 94.82 per cent with their first choice of secondary school and 100 per cent with their first choice of key stage 4 institutions.

For more information call the council’s school admissions team on 01752 668000

or email schooladmissions@plymouth.gov.uk