Coronavirus: council service information and advice

Information about changes to council services as a result of coronavirus

The application window for parents to apply for primary school places in 2020 opens on Monday 4 November for children starting school, as well as those transferring to junior school.

Children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 should be applying for their first school place, and children in Year 2 at an infant school should be applying for a place at junior school.

Parents have plenty of time to apply online - the application window is open until Wednesday 15 January 2020. Parents can apply online at

It's really important to apply before the deadline, - applying after the winotherwise there will be a real impact on the chances of children getting a place at their preferred school. The online application process is quick and easy to use."

Where applications cannot be made online for any reason, parents should come to the City Helpdesk in Civic Offices for assistance.

There is an 'Information for Parents 2020/21' booklet online with guidance on schools and the admissions process.

Portsmouth City Council's admissions team can be contacted on 023 9268 8008 or if parents need any further advice.

School places will be offered to those who applied online by the closing date to start school and transfer to junior school on Thursday 16 April 2020.

Read more about the school admissions process online.