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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 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 a secondary school place

If your child was born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 and is in their last year of primary school you should have apply for their secondary school place by 31 October 2018. All applications made on time receive equal consideration. They will start school in September 2019.

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 2019, you should also make an application by 31 October 2018 and this information will also apply 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.

You'll get your offer on 1 March 2019 and if you're unhappy with the decision you can make a secondary school admission appeal.

Apply for primary, infant and junior school places

If your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 they will eligible to start school in September 2019. You should apply for their infant or primary school place by 15 January 2019. You will be able to make your application here from 9am on 12 November 2018.

If your child was born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 and is in their last year at infant school you should apply for their junior place by 15 January 2019. You will be able to make your application here from 9am on 12 November. 2018.

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 2019 and if you're unhappy with the decision you can make a primary school admission appeal.

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 1 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.

Remember

You have a legal right to express a preference for which school you want your child to go to. This is not the same as being able to choose.

Where you've 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.