Apply for a school place

We deal with admissions for places at primary, infant, junior and secondary schools.


Decisions on applications for children starting reception classes and transferring to junior schools in September 2016 will be emailed on 18 April 2016 by 9.30am. Or you can log on to view the place offered after 9.30am.

Reception Class (opens in a new window)

Junior transfer (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.

We are available to discuss any issues relating to the offer of a school place for your child/children.

Telephone lines will be open between 9.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday from 16 April 2016 to 22 July 2016. If you wish to discuss these issues with us, please tel: 01629 537479. Or email: admissions.transport@derbyshire.gov.uk and we will reply as soon as possible.

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 or primary school place by 15 January 2016. They will be eligible to start school in September 2016. Decisions are notified on 18 April 2016 but you can still make a late application online (opens in a new window) until 31 August 2016. After then 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 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. Decisions are notified on 18 April 2016 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 primary school phase in September 2016 you should also have applied for their school place by 15 January 2016. Decisions are notified on 18 April 2016 but you can still make a late application (opens in a new window).

If you are unhappy with the decision you can make an appeal.

Applications for children due to start infant, primary and junior schools in September 2017 will open on 14 November 2016. Further information will be available on the site at that time.

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. Decisions were notified on 1 March 2016 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. Decisions were notified on 1 March 2016 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.

If you are unhappy with the decision you can make an appeal.

Applications for children due to start secondary schools in September 2017 will open on 12 September 2016.

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 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.

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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