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Apply for a school place

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


Before you make your application, you should read the information provided by the Department for Education on school admissions.

If you applied online for your child to start secondary school in September 2024, you'll get an email with your offer on 1 March 2024.

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 (or in Derby) you should apply through your home council even if you want to apply for a place at a Derbyshire school. Find your home council.

We have parents' guide to secondary admissions and parents' guide to primary admissions to help you.

Apply for primary, infant and junior school places

If your child was born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 you should have applied for their infant or primary school place by 15 January 2024. The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late application until 31 August 2024.

If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 and is in their last year at infant school, you should have applied for their junior place by 15 January 2024. The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late application until 31 August 2024.

The application process is quick and easy and you can also find information about how to choose a school and apply for a primary, infant or junior school place in our guide for parents.

You'll get your offer on 16 April 2024 and if you're unhappy with the decision you can make a school admission appeal.

Apply for a secondary school place

If your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 and is in their last year of primary school you should have applied for their secondary school place by 31 October 2023. The closing date has now passed but you can still apply for a secondary school place until 31 August 2024.

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 2024, you should also have made an application by 31 October 2023 and this information will also apply to you.

Similarly, if you wish to express a preference for your child to transfer to a 14 to 19 studio school or a University Technical College (UTC) in September 2024, you should also have made an application by 31 October 2023 and 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 parents' guide to secondary admissions.

If your child will start secondary school in September 2024, you'll get your offer on 1 March 2024. If you're unhappy with the decision you can make a school admission appeal.

Changing schools in-year

You may want to apply for your child to change schools other than when they're 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, view the guidance about changing schools.

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. Find your local council.

School preference

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 make a school admission appeal if you're unhappy with the offer made.