Secondary school admissions
Apply online for your child's secondary school place.
How to apply
Take a look at the information in our parents guide to help you choose a school and make an application. You can apply:
For children transferring to secondary school in September 2013 applications should have been made by 31 October 2012. The closing date for applications has now passed but you can still make a late application.
You can make a late application through our late online admissions system (opens in a new window) which is now open and is available up to 8 February 2013. Applications after this time should be made using the in-year application facility in the changing schools section.
Through Call Derbyshire on 08 456 058 058 from 7 November 2012. See our contact us page for information on costs and opening hours.
By post. Request a paper form from us by emailing email@example.com or calling 01629 537499.
Parents have a legal right to express a preference for which school they want their child to attend.
This is not the same as being able to choose, but means that if a parent expresses a preference for a particular school and there are places available then a place should be offered at that school.
However, in law there is no automatic right to place a child in any particular school and it may not be possible to offer a place at a preferred school.
When applying for a secondary school place you must apply through the council covering the area in which you live, which may not be the same as where the school is.
If you don't live in Derbyshire search the DirectGov local council directory (opens in a new window) to find your 'home' council.
Getting your offer
We will let you know which school your child is being offered a place at on 1 March 2013.
If you applied online you will be able to log back on to our application system and see the result (opens in a new window). You will also receive an email about your place.
If you don't have an email address your offer will be posted second class on 1 March 2013.
If you are unable to obtain a place for your child in the school you wanted you can appeal against the decision.
Your appeal will be heard by an appeal panel independent of the school and the council.
Guidance on appeals can be found in the related documents section and this should be read before you use our online appeals system or complete the form.
Applying for a secondary school place at other times
You may want to apply for a place at a secondary school for your child at other times, for example if you have recently moved.
Find out everything you need to know and how to make an application from changing schools (opens in a new window).
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 place at secondary school - a guide for parents (1916KB)
- Applying for your child's secondary school place - a summary (cover) (2906KB)
- Applying for your child's secondary school place - a summary (inside) (1005KB)
Secondary school admission appeals guidance notes for parents - 2012 (31KB)
Find out how to make an appeal and how the panel makes it decision.
- Secondary school admission appeal form (53KB)