Time to apply for secondary school places

secondary school children

11 September 2017

Parents of year 6 pupils living in Derbyshire can now apply for their child's secondary school place for September 2018.


Around 8,300 year 6 primary school children − who were born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007 − have been sent information on the application process.

Applying online is the easiest method.

The deadline to submit applications is at midnight on Tuesday 31 October 2017.

Applying online is quicker and allows parents to make changes to their application at any point up to the closing date. Anyone who applies online will receive an email to confirm their application has been received.

Or you can Call Derbyshire tel: 01629 533190 between 8am and 8pm on weekdays and 9.30am and 4pm on Saturdays.

When completing the application form parents will be asked to list, in order of preference, the three schools they would most like their child to go to.

Parents can still choose to complete a paper form, which they can get by emailing admissions.transport@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 537499. This must be returned to the admissions and transport team at the address shown on the form by the closing date.

Although parents have a legal right to express preferences they have no automatic right to a place at any particular school.

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered until places have been allocated to those children whose parents did return their form on time.

Parents who fail to meet the deadline may find that the school they want their child to go to is full.

Our Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said:

"The time has come for parents of year six pupils living in Derbyshire to apply for their child's secondary school place.

"Choosing the right school is a very big and important decision for parents and children so it's vital they take the time to explore all of their options and send in their application before the deadline on Tuesday 31 October.

"Missing the deadline could mean parents are less likely to get a place at their preferred school and could mean their child may have to travel further to an alternative school or not get into the same school as their friends."

Councillor Dale added:

"It's really quick and easy to apply − especially if parents do it online. We have a dedicated team on hand to help parents with every step of the application process."

Any parents who are a refused a place for their child have a right of appeal to an independent panel.