Apply for a school place

Apply for a school place in Year R, Year 3, for a Junior School or Year 7

If you pay your council tax to Southampton City Council then you must apply for schools through us, even those not in Southampton. If you are unsure, you can check whether we are your local authority for school admissions.

Applications for school places for September 2024 opened on Monday 4 September 2023

To apply for a school place after applications close you can submit a late application.

Check before you apply

Otherwise you can apply through the portal below.


Applications are now closed. Please see below for information on making a late application.

Apply for a school place - UNDER REPAIR

To apply for a September 2024 place, you will need to

  1. Find and decide the order of your preferred schools. We strongly advise looking at the admissions policies for each school, so that you know how applications are considered and how the distance from home to school will be measured
  2. Register and apply through the Citizen Portal. This is a separate login to any other account you may have registered with us.

Before you fill in this form

You won't be able to save this form to complete later, so please allow yourself up to five minutes to fill in the form.

Register for the portal

Citizen Portal guidance is available to use when applying.

Additional supporting information is required if you are:

  • Applying to a faith school under the faith criteria
  • Applying to a particular school for a significant medical or psychological reason
  • Active members of the Church of England and require a Church of England controlled school

Remember: Places are withdrawn every year because parents give a false address on their application. This includes cases where parents buy or rent a property solely to use the address in the application, without any intention of taking up permanent residence there.

We will investigate all allegations of false addresses and may monitor residency details if use of a temporary address causes concern.

If you have already applied, you may wish to read about the school place offer.