Alert close - icon Fill 1 Copy 10 Untitled-1 tt copy 3 Untitled-1 Untitled-1 tt copy 3 Fill 1 Copy 10 menu Group 3 Group 3 Copy 3 Group 3 Copy Page 1 Group 2 Group 2 Skip to content

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 2018 will be emailed on 16 April 2018 by 9.30am. Or you can log on to view your allocation:

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 local council 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.

Apply for primary, infant and junior school places

If your child was born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 you should have applied for their infant or primary school place by 15 January 2018. They will be eligible to start school in September 2018.

Decisions were notified on 16 April 2018 but you can still  make a late application for a primary school place until 31 August 2018. After 31 August 2018 you should use the  primary in-year application.

If your child was born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 and is in their last year at infant school you should have applied for their junior place by 15 January 2018. Decisions were notified on 16 April 2018 but you can still  make a late application for a junior school place until 31 August 2018. After 31 August 2018 you should use the  primary in-year application.

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 2018 this information will also apply to you. You should have applied for their school place by 15 January 2018. The closing date has now passed but you can still  make a late application for a junior school place until 31 August 2018. After 31 August 2018 you should use the  primary in-year 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 parents guide to primary admissions.

If you're unhappy with the decision you can make a primary school admission appeal. Applications for children due to start infant, primary and junior schools in September 2018 will open on 13 November 2017. More information will be available at that time.

Apply for a secondary school place

If your child was born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007 and is in their last year of primary school you should have applied for their secondary school place by 31 October 2017. They will start school in September 2018. Decisions were notified on 1 March 2018  but you can still  make a late application for a secondary school place until 31 August 2018. After 31 August 2018 you should use the  secondary in-year 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 phase in September 2018, you should also have made an application by 31 October 2017. The closing date has now passed but you can still  make a late application for a secondary school place.

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're unhappy with the decision you can make a secondary school admission appeal. Applications for children due to start secondary schools in September 2018 will open on 11 September 2017. Further information will be available on the site at that time.

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 contact the council where the school is located in the first instance.