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 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.

Apply for a secondary school place

If your child was born between 1 September 2003 and 31 August 2004 and is in their last year of primary school you should apply for their secondary school place (opens in a new window) by 31 October 2014. They will start school in September 2015.

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 2015, you should also make an application by 31 October 2014 and this information will also apply to you. Similarly, if you wish to express a preference for your child to transfer to a 14-19 Studio School or a University Technical College (UTC) in September 2015 this information also applies 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 Guide for Parents.

You'll get your offer on 2 March 2015 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.

Applying for primary, infant and junior school places

If your child was born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 they will eligible to start school in September 2015. You should apply for their infant/primary school place by 15 January 2015. You will be able to make your application here from 9am on 10 November.

If your child was born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 and is in their last year at infant school you should apply for their junior place by 15 January 2015. You will be able to make your application here from 9am on 10 November.

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 16 April 2015 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.

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 in the changing schools section (opens in a new window) to help you through the process.

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).

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