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Primary, infant and junior school admissions

Apply for your child's primary, infant or junior school place.


Apply for a primary or infant school place

If your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 your child will be eligible to start school in September 2023.

Apply for a primary or infant school place online

You can apply for a primary or infant school place online from 9am on Monday 7 November 2022 to midnight on Sunday 15 January 2023.

Apply for an infant or primary school place

Apply for a primary or infant school place by telephone

You can apply for an infant or primary school place by phone from 9am on 7 November 2022 to 4pm on Sunday 15 January 2023 during Call Derbyshire opening hours. Tel: 01629 533190.

Apply for a junior school place

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 and is in their final year at infant school they will transfer to junior school in September 2023.

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 2023 the following information will also apply to you.

Apply for a junior school place online

You can apply for a junior school place online from 9am on Monday 7 November 2022 to midnight on Sunday 15 January 2023.

Apply for a junior school place

Apply for a junior school place by telephone

You can apply for a junior school place by phone from 9am on 7 November 2022 to 4pm on Sunday 15 January 2023 during Call Derbyshire opening hours. Tel: 01629 533190.

School preference

Parents have a legal right to express a preference for which school they want their child to attend.

This is not the same as being able to choose, but means that if a parent expresses a preference for a particular school and there are places available then a place should be offered at that school.

However, in law there is no automatic right to place a child in any particular school and it may not be possible to offer a place at a preferred school.

When applying for a school place you must apply through the council covering the area in which you live, which may not be the same as where the school is.

If you don't live in Derbyshire, you must make your application to your home local authority.

Changing school at other times

If you're moving to Derbyshire or want to apply for your child to move schools other than at the normal admission or transfer time, you can find out how to change schools.

Appeals

If you cannot get a place for your child in your preferred school you can make a school admission appeal.