Applying to Our School


If you are considering making an application for your child to join our school, we look forward to welcoming you into our school community.

Visits to the school are very welcome and we provide guided tours during the autumn term on Wednesdays at 2pm.


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to view the school, to gain further information or if you would like clarification on any specific points.


The Application Process


If you are applying for a school place, please ensure you have visited the Portsmouth School Admissions website where you can complete an online application. There is also other useful information here for parents applying for school places.


Apply to start school – Portsmouth City Council


If you are unable to download an application form please email [email protected]  to request a form.

You can also complete the Catholic Primary Supplementary information Form ( SIF) 2022-23 to support your application.


St Swithun’s Admissions Policy

We have created a common Admissions Policy with the other Catholic Primary Schools in Portsmouth. Our Admissions Policy is updated each year to reflect any changes to the Admission Code produced by the Department for Education annually. Please read our policy and decide which over-subscription category applies to your child.


If you are applying for a school place in Years 1-6 during the academic year 2023-24, please use this version of our policy

Admissions Policy 2023-24

If you are applying to start Reception Class in September 2024 please use this version of our policy:

Admissions Policy 2024-25



If you decide to appeal …


If you have applied to our school and not been given a place, you can appeal the decision. In any year group (other than EYFS / Reception Class) you can appeal at any stage throughout the school year for your child to have a place at St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School.

Schools – appeal for a Year 3-11 school place

Schools – appeal for a Year R, 1 and 2 school place



In compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018, we wish to ensure that you are aware of the purpose for which we collect and process the data we have asked you to provide on this form.

  1. We are St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School, Taswell Road, Southsea PO5 2RG
  2. Being a Catholic education provider, we work closely with the School’s Diocesan Authority, the School’s Trustees, the Local Authority, the Catholic Education Service, and the Department for Education, and may share the information you provide on this application form if we consider it is necessary in order to fulfill our functions.
  3. The person responsible for data protection within our organisation is the School Business Manager and you can contact them with questions relating to our handling of the data. You can contact them by email at [email protected].
  4. We require the information we have requested for reasons relating to our functions as the Admission Authority of the School.
  5. It is necessary for us to process personal data for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller (Article 6(1)(e) of the GDPR).
  6. To the extent that you have shared any special categories of data, this will not be shared with any third parties except as detailed in paragraph 2 above, unless a legal obligation should arise.
  7. It is necessary for us to process special category data for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller (Article 6(1)(e) of the GDPR). Additionally, the processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest on the basis of Union or Member State law which is proportionate to the aim pursued and which contains appropriate safeguards (Article 9(2)(g) of the GDPR).
  8. If the application is successful, the information you have provided on this form will be migrated to the school’s enrolment system, and the data will be retained and processed on the basis of the school’s fair processing notice and data protection policies that apply to that data.
  9. If the application is unsuccessful, the application form and any documents submitted in support of the application will be destroyed after a period of 12 months. The school may keep a simple record of all applications and their outcome as part of their permanent archives in accordance with the school’s data retention policy.
  10. To read about individual rights and/or to complain about how we have collected and processed the information you have provided on this form, you can make a complaint to our organisation by contacting our Data Protection Officer. If you are unhappy with how your complaint has been handled, you can contact the Information Commissioners’ Office via their website at