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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 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.

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

Applying for primary, infant and junior school places

Infant and primary school

If your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 you need to apply for their infant or primary school place by 15 January 2023. They will be eligible to start school in September 2023.

You should apply for a place between Monday 7 November 2022 at 9am and midnight on Sunday 15 January 2023.

Apply for an infant or primary school place

Junior school

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 and is in their last year at infant school you need to apply for their junior place by 15 January 2023.

If your child attends a school outside of Derbyshire which operates a different pattern of education and they are due to transfer primary school phase in September 2023 this information will also apply to you. You should also make an application by 15 January 2023.

You should apply for a place between Monday 7 November 2022 at 9am and midnight on Sunday 15 January 2023.

Apply for a junior 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 primary admissions.

You'll get your offer on 17 April 2023. 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 2011 and 31 August 2012 and is in their last year of primary school you should have applied for their secondary school place by 31 October 2022.

The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late application from Tuesday 8 November 2022 at 9am.

If your child attends a school outside Derbyshire which operates a different pattern of education and they are due to transfer to secondary school in September 2023, you should also have made an application by 31 October 2022. This information also applies to you.

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 2022, you should also have made an application by 31 October 2022. This information also applies to you.

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.

You'll get your offer on 1 March 2023. If you're unhappy with the decision you can make a school admission appeal.

Changing school at other times

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. If you don't live in Derbyshire you can 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.