Coronavirus: council service information and advice

Information about changes to council services as a result of coronavirus

The application window to apply for starting school and junior school places in 2020 will be closing soon - so parents are urged to apply as soon as possible.

Parents can apply online until midnight Wednesday 15 January 2019 by visiting

Cllr Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member for Education at Portsmouth City Council said: "It's such an important decision, so to be in with the very best chance of children getting a place at their preferred school I'd encourage parents to apply online - today. 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 at the Civic Offices for assistance.

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

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.

Helping parents and carers get young people off to a great start by applying for school on time is just one of the ways that Portsmouth City Council is seeking to make sure that Portsmouth is a great place for young people to learn. Other initiatives include the recently announced Aspirations Week - taking place between 20-24 January 2020 - as well as the council's Miss School Miss Out attendance campaign and Teach Portsmouth campaign to recruit and retain more teachers.