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 secondary school in September 2017 decisions were emailed on Wednesday March 1 2017. Or you can view the place offered (opens in a new window).

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 you should have applied for their infant or primary school place by 15 January 2017. They will be eligible to start school in September 2017. The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late primary or infant school application (opens in a new window) until 31 August 2017. After this date you should use the primary in-year facility in our changing schools section to make your application.

If your child was born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 and is in their last year at infant school you should have applied for their junior place by 15 January 2017. The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late junior school application (opens in a new window) until Thursday 31 August 2017. After this date you should use the primary in-year facility in our changing schools section to make your 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 2017 this information will also apply to you. You should also have applied for their school place by 15 January 2017. The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late junior school late application (opens in a new window) until Thursday 31 August 2017. After this date you should use the primary in-year facility in our changing schools section to make your 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 parent's guide to primary admissions.

You'll get your offer on Tuesday 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 have applied for their secondary school place by 31 October 2016. They will start school in September 2017. The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late application online (opens in a new window) until Thursday 31 August 2017. After this date you should use the primary in-year facility in our changing schools section to make your application.

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 2017, you should also have applied for their place by 31 October 2016. 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 parents' guide to secondary admissions.

Decisions on applications for children transferring to secondary school were notified on Wednesday 1 March 2017. 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. 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 initially contact the council where the school is located (opens in a new window) in the first instance.

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 our secondary appeals or primary and junior appeals.

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)

Also on our website