Primary school admissions open next week

6 November 2017

Parents can apply to us from next week for their child's infant or primary school place for September 2018.


Applications for children who were born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 will open on Monday 13 November 2017 and will close at midnight on Monday 15 January 2018.

Applying online is the easiest method. See primary, infant and junior school admissions for more information.

Our Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said:

"Choosing the right primary or infant school for your child is a very important decision.

"Please make sure that you give yourself enough time to do your research, arrange visits to look around the schools in your area and apply before the deadline.

"If you miss the deadline you are less likely to get a place for your child at your preferred school and that could mean you having to travel further or your child not getting in to the same school as their friends."

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.

Parents can also 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 contacting our admissions and transport team, email: admissions.transport@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 537499. All applications must be returned to 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 to us 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.

Councillor Dale added:

"It's quick and easy to apply − especially online and we're here to help with you throughout the application process."

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