Apply for a school place
We deal with admissions for places at primary, infant, junior and secondary schools.
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 home council (opens in a new window) even 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 school place or to apply for a primary, infant or junior school place.
Applying for primary, infant and junior school places
If your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 they will be eligible to start school in September 2017. You should apply for their infant or primary school place by 15 January 2017. You will be able to make your application here from 9am on 14 November 2016.
If your child was born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 and is in their last year at infant school you should apply for their junior place by 15 January 2017. You will be able to make your application here from 9am on 14 November 2016.
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 at that time.
You'll get your offer on 18 April 2017 and if you're unhappy with the decision you can make an appeal
Apply for a secondary school place
If your child was born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006 and is in their last year of primary school you should apply for their secondary school (opens in a new window) place by 31 October 2016. They will start school in September 2017.
If your child attends a school outside of Derbyshire which operates a different pattern of education and they are due to transfer to secondary school phase in September 2017, you should also make an application by 31 October 2016 and this information will also apply to you.
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.
You'll get your offer on 1 March 2017 and if you're unhappy with the decision you can make an appeal
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 at any time of year and we've added guidance about changing schools to help you through the process. 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 (opens in a new window) in the first instance.
You have a legal right to express a preference for which school you want your child to go to. This isn't the same as being able to choose. Where you have 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 is no automatic right to a place at a particular school and it may not always be possible to offer a place at your preference.
You have the right to appeal where you're unhappy with the offer made.
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)
- How to apply for a primary school place (816KB)
- How to apply for a secondary school place (518KB)
- Applying for your child's infant/primary school place - a summary (1365KB)
- Applying for your child's secondary school place - a summary (2401KB)