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. You can find your home council through the Gov.UK website (opens in a new window).

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 2011 and 31 August 2012 you should have applied for their infant/primary school place by 15 January 2016. They will be eligible to start school in September 2016. The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late application online (opens in a new window). This facility will open at 9am on 22 January 2016.

If your child was born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 and is in their last year at infant school you should have applied for their junior place by 15 January 2016. The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late application online (opens in a new window). This facility will open at 9am on 22 January 2016.

If your child attends a school outside of Derbyshire, which operates a different pattern of education and they are due to transfer to primary school phase in September 2016 this information will also apply to you. You should also have applied for their school place. The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late application using our online junior late application (opens in a new window) facility. This facility will open at 9am on 22 January 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.

You'll get your offer on 18 April 2016 and if you're unhappy with the decision you can make an appeal. You can do this online and more information can be found on the primary appeals web page.

Apply for a secondary school place

If your child was born between 1 September 2004 and 31 August 2005 and is in their last year of primary school you should have applied for their secondary school place by 31 October 2015. They will start school in September 2016. The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late application online (opens in a new window).

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 in September 2016, you should also have applied for their place by 31 October 2015. The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late application online. (opens in a new window)

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 1 March 2016 and if you're unhappy with the decision you can make an appeal. You can do this online and more information can be found on the secondary appeals web page.

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 have added guidance in the changing schools section to help you through the process. Please note that 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. You can find contact details for other councils through the Directgov website (opens in a new window).

Please remember

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 and this can be done online. See the information on the secondary appeals or primary and junior appeals web pages (opens in a new window).

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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