In-year applications are for applying for a school place in Portsmouth for entry to any year group at other times of the school year (i.e. not starting school, junior transfer or secondary transfer in September 2024) Please note that in-year applications are processed during term time only.

If you have moved house or are new to the area/country we will need evidence of your home address. If you are new to the country when you are allocated your school place you will need to take evidence of your child’s date of birth to your allocated school as well as evidence of your address.

To Note- we have been experiencing an extremely high volume of in-year applications for Portsmouth Schools which means that in some areas of the city in certain year groups, we now have very few places which may mean your child may have to be allocated to a school further from your home address than may previously have been the case.

We recommend that all applicants put up to 6 preference schools on their application and include their catchment school to get the best chance of being allocated a school as near to home as possible.

We can only process applications with preferences for age appropriate Portsmouth maintained mainstream schools which are listed in the Information for Parents Booklet 2023-24 Pages 64-68. If any other preference schools are listed on your application, they will not be processed.

Application Process

  • Applications received by Thursday 11 April 4pm: Offers will go out Friday 19 April 2024. Note: Schools closed for Easter holidays 29 March – 12 April
  • Applications received by Thursday 18 April 4pm: Offers will go out Friday 3 May 2024. 
  • Applications received by Thursday 2 May 4pm: Offers will go out Friday 17 May 2024
  • Applications received by Thursday 16 May 4pm: Offers will go out Friday 7 June 2024 (schools closed for half term 27-31 May)
  • Applications received by Thursday 6 June 4pm: Offers will go out Friday 21 June 2024
  • Applications received by Thursday 20 June 2024: Offers will go out Friday 5 July 2024. 
  • Applications received by Thursday 4 July 2024: Offers will go out Friday 19 July 2024. (schools closed for summer holiday Thursday 25 July-Monday 2 September)

Note – if you wish to apply for a September start for your child, please apply by Thursday 4 July at the latest. Any applications received after this date will not be allocated until later in September after term has started.

In-year Primary applications

Make an in-year application for primary schools

Additional documents you may need to submit with your application:

Catholic Primary SIF – you’ll need to submit this with your application if you are applying for religious reasons to Corpus Christi, St John’s, St Swithun’s and St Paul’s catholic primary schools

Place of Worship (POW) form – you’ll need to submit this this with your application if you are applying for religious reasons for St George’s and St Jude’s CE Primary Schools.

Portsmouth School Transfer Form – you’ll need this if you are applying to transfer from one Portsmouth School to another Portsmouth School as it must be signed/stamped by current Portsmouth School and submitted with your application.

In-year Secondary Applications

Schools with their own application process
  • To apply for St Edmund’s Roman Catholic Secondary School you will need to apply directly to the school using their own application form
  • University Technical College (UTC) Year 10 plus only: enquiries about applications should be made direct to them.
  • Madani School, Mayville School, Portsmouth High School for Girls and Portsmouth Grammar schools: enquiries about applications should be made direct to them as they are private schools.

If preferences for St Edmund’s Catholic School, Madani School, Mayville School, Portsmouth High School or Portsmouth Grammar School and UTC are listed on your application form they will not be processed. You will need to contact and apply for these schools direct.