Secondary school admissions

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Apply for your child's secondary school place.

How to apply

Take a look at our parents' guide to secondary admissions to help you choose a school and make an application.

Apply online

For children transferring to secondary school in September 2018 you can apply for their secondary school place by 31 October 2017 (opens in a new window). You can return to your application and make changes any time during this period.

Apply by telephone

You can make a telephone application through Call Derbyshire tel: 01629 533190 from 11 September 2017. You can also view our opening hours and different ways to contact us.

Preferred school

Parents have a legal right to express a preference for which school they want their child to attend.

This is not the same as being able to choose, but means that if a parent expresses a preference for a particular school and there are places available then a place should be offered at that school.

In law there is no automatic right to place a child in any particular school and it may not be possible to offer a place at a preferred school.

When applying for a secondary school place you must apply through the council covering the area in which you live, which may not be the same as where the school is.

If you don't live in Derbyshire you can find your local council (opens in a new window).

Getting your offer

We'll let you know which school your child is being offered a place at on 1 March 2018. If you've applied online you can log in and see the result. You'll receive an email about your place. All applicants will be notified by letter posted second class on 1 March 2018.


If you can't get a place for your child in the school you wanted, you can appeal against the decision. Your appeal will be heard by an appeal panel independent of the school and the council.

Guidance on appeals is attached to this page. You should read it before you use our appeals system (opens in a new window) or complete the form.

Changing schools

You may want to apply for a place at a secondary school for your child at other times, for example if you have recently moved.

Find out how to apply to change schools.

Related documents

The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)

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