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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 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 to help you apply for a secondary, primary, infant or junior school place.

Apply for primary, infant and junior school places

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 you'll need to apply for their infant or primary school place by 15 January 2020. They'll start school in September 2020. You can apply from Monday 11 November 2019 until midnight on 15 January 2020.

Apply for a primary school place

If your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 and is in their last year at infant school you'll need to apply for their junior school place by 15 January 2020. You can apply from Monday 11 November 2019 until midnight on 15 January 2020.

Apply for a junior school place

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 in September 2020 you should also apply for a junior school place by 15 January 2020.

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 16 April 2020 and if you're unhappy with the decision you can make a primary school admission appeal.

Apply for a secondary school place

If your child was born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 and is in their last year of primary school you should have applied for their secondary school place by 31 October 2019. They'll start school in September 2020. The closing date has now passed but you can make a late application.

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 2020, you should have made an application by 31 October 2019. The closing date has now passed but you can make a late application.

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 2020, you should have made an application by 31 October 2019. The closing date has now passed but you can make a late application.

Make a late secondary school 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 secondary admissions.

You'll get your offer on 2 March 2020. If you're unhappy with the decision you can make a secondary 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 at any time. We've added guidance about changing schools to help you through the process.

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.

School preference

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's no automatic right to a place at a particular school and it may not always be possible to offer a place at your preference.

Appeals

You have the right to appeal where you're unhappy with the offer made.