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Apply for a school place

We deal with admissions for places at primary, infant, junior and secondary schools.


Before you make your application, you are strongly achieved to read the information provided by the Department for Education on school admissions.

Decisions on applications for children starting reception classes and transferring to junior school in September 2020 were emailed on 16 April 2020. You can log on to view your allocation.

View your primary school place View your junior school place

If your child is due to start primary, junior or secondary education and you live in Derbyshire you should apply to us even if the school you want is in the area of another council.

If you live outside Derbyshire you should apply through your local council even if you want to apply for a place at a Derbyshire school.

We have guides for parents to help you apply for a secondary, primary, infant or junior school place.

Apply for primary, infant and junior school places

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 you should have applied for their infant or primary school place by 15 January 2020. They'll be able to start school in September 2020. The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late application.

Make a late primary or infant school application

If your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 and is in their last year at infant school you should have applied for their junior school place by 15 January 2020. The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late application.

Make a late junior school application

The application process is quick and easy and you can also find information about how to choose a school and apply for a place in our parents guide to primary admissions.

Apply for a secondary school place

If your child was born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 and is in their last year of primary school you should have applied for their secondary school place by 31 October 2019. They'll start school in September 2020. Decisions were notified on 2 March 2020, but you can make a late application.

If your child attends a school outside Derbyshire which operates a different pattern of education and they are due to transfer to secondary school in September 2020, you should have made an application by 31 October 2019. The closing date has now passed but you can make a late application.

Make a late secondary school application

The application process is quick and easy and you can also find information about how to choose a school and apply for a place in our parents guide to secondary admissions.

Changing school at other times

You may want to apply for your child to change schools other than when they are due to start primary, junior or secondary education. This could be because of a change of address.

If you want to apply for a place at a school in Derbyshire, you can find out everything you need to know about changing schools and how to make an application. We cannot accept applications earlier than one term in advance of when the place is required.

If you want to apply for a place at a school in another council area you should contact the council where the school is located in the first instance. If you don't live in Derbyshire you can find your local council.

School preference

You have a legal right to express a preference for which school you want your child to go to. This is not the same as being able to choose.

Where you've told us of a preference for a particular school and there are places we'll try to offer you a place at that school. However, there's no automatic right to a place at a particular school and it may not always be possible to offer a place at your preference.

Appeals

You have the right to appeal where you're unhappy with the offer made.