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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.


Decisions on applications for children starting reception classes and transferring to junior schools in September 2022 will be emailed on 19 April 2022 by 9:30am. Or you can log in to view your allocation from 9:30am.

View your reception class allocation View your junior transfer 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 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

If your child was born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 you should have applied for their infant or primary school place by 15 January 2022. They'll be eligible to start school in September 2022. Decisions are notified on 19 April 2022 but you can still make a late primary or infant school place application.

If your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 and is in their last year at infant school you should have applied for their junior place by 15 January 2022. Decisions are notified on 19 April 2022 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 2022 you should have applied for their school place by 15 January 2022. Decisions are notified on 19 April 2022 but you can still make 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 guide for parents.

If you're unhappy with the decision you can make a primary, infant or junior school application appeal.

Applications for children due to start infant, primary and junior schools in September 2023 will open on 7 November 2022. More information will be available at that time.

Apply for a secondary school place

If your child was born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 and is in their last year of primary school you should have applied for their secondary school place by 31 October 2021. They'll start school in September 2022. Decisions were notified on 1 March 2022 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 2022, you should also have applied for their place by 31 October 2021. Decisions were notified on 1 March 2022 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 secondary school application appeal.

Applications for children due to start secondary schools in September 2023 will open on 12 September 2022. 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'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. We cannot accept applications earlier than one term before 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.