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Apply for a school place

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


If you applied online for your child to start reception class or transfer to Junior school in September 2019, decisions on places offered were sent by email on 16 April 2019.

You can also login to view the primary school place offered and login to view the junior school place offered.

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 located in the area of another council.

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

We have guides for parents available 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 2014 and 31 August 2015 you should have applied for their infant or primary school place by 15 January 2019. They will be eligible to start school in September 2019. The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late primary school application.

If your child was born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 and is in their last year at infant school you should have applied for their junior place by 15 January 2019. The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late junior school application.

If your child attends a school outside of Derbyshire which operates a different pattern of education and they are due to transfer primary school phase in September 2019, you should also have applied for their school place by 15 January 2019. The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late junior school application.

You can make applications up to 31 August 2019. After this time you will have to apply for an in year admission to primary school.

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 guide for parents.

You'll get your offer on 16 April 2019 and if you're unhappy with the decision you can make a primary school admission appeal.

Applications for children due to start infant, primary and junior schools in September 2020 will open on 11 November 2019.

Apply for a secondary school place

If your child was born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 and is in their last year of primary school you should have applied for their secondary school place by 31 October 2018. They'll start school in September 2019. The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late secondary school 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 2019, you should also have made an application by 31 October 2018. The closing date has now passed, but you can still 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.

Decisions on places offered were sent by email on 1 March 2019. If you're unhappy with the decision you can make a secondary school admission appeal.

Applications for children due to start secondary schools in September 2020 will open on 9 September 2019. 

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 do this online. We've added guidance in the changing schools section to help you through the process. We can't 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.

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.