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Parents' guide to primary admissions

This guide relates to the admission of children to reception classes for the 2024 to 2025 academic year. It also applies to children who will transfer from infant school to junior school in September 2024.

If you're a parent living in Derbyshire, excluding Derby city, the information contained in this guide explains how you can apply for a primary school place for your child whether that school is in or outside Derbyshire.

If you're requesting a place at a school outside Derbyshire we'll send the form to the neighbouring council for consideration and liaise with them through the process.

The decision on whether the child can be offered a place will be taken by the council which runs the school, or the governing body if it's a voluntary aided, academy or foundation school. You may want to check with the school's home council how places are allocated in that area.

This does not include independent schools.

Similarly, if you live outside Derbyshire, but want your child to attend a Derbyshire school, you should make the application through your home council who will liaise with us.

Even if you've already approached a school or feel you have put your child's name down at a school - that is not a formal application. A formal application can only be made by following the process explained in this guide.

We invite you to state preferences for any 3 schools and give your reasons.

We would prefer you to apply online. It's quick and it's free.

Applications for children starting infant or primary school in 2024 to 2025 will be available from 6 November 2023.

Apply for a primary school place

If for some reason you're unable to make an application, please email

We must have received your application by midnight on 15 January 2024.

We will email your offer on 16 April 2024. If you don't have an email address, we'll post your offer second class on 16 April 2024.

Message from Councillor Alex Dale

"Starting school is a huge step for any child. As a parent you play a vital part in helping your son or daughter adjust to this important milestone in their educational journey.

"By now you'll have had some thoughts about the school you'd like your child to attend. This guide is designed to help you through the process so it's as simple as possible.

"It's easiest to apply for a school place online where you'll find information, support and advice.

"Paper forms are also available, if you prefer, by email: or tel: 01629 537479.

"We are keen to make sure that starting school is a positive experience for your child and lays firm foundations for a bright future for them.

"We hope this guide is useful. If you need further information, visit our admissions pages or email

"I wish you the very best and hope your family enjoys taking this next step together."

Councillor Alex Dale
Cabinet Member for Young People
Derbyshire County Council