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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 2021 will be emailed on 16 April 2021 by 9:30am. Or you can view your allocation from 9:30am.

View your reception class allocation View your junior class 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, primary, infant or junior school place.

Apply for a primary, infant and junior school place

If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, you should have applied for their infant or primary school place by 15 January 2021. They'll be eligible to start school in September 2021. Decisions are notified on 16 April 2021 but you can still make a late primary school application.

If your child was born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 and is in their last year at infant school you should have applied for their junior place by 15 January 2021. Decisions are notified on 16 April 2021 but you can still make a late junior school place application.

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 2021 you should have applied for their school place by 15 January 2021. Decisions are notified on 16 April 2021 but you can still make a late junior school place 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 school admissions appeal.

Applications for children due to start infant, primary and junior schools in September 2022 will open on 8 November 2021. Further information will be available at that time. 

Apply for a secondary school place

If your child was born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 and is in their last year of primary school you should have applied for their secondary school place by 31 October 2020. They'll start school in September 2021. Decisions were notified on 1 March 2021 but you can still make a late secondary school 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 in September 2021, you should also have applied for their place by 31 October 2020. Decisions were notified on 1 March 2021 but you can still 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.

If you're unhappy with the decision you can make a school admissions appeal.

Applications for children due to start secondary schools in September 2021 will open on 14 September 2020. Further information will be available 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, view the guidance about changing schools. We cannot 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. If you don't live in Derbyshire you can find your local council.