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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 2015 and 31 August 2016 they'll be eligible to start school in September 2020.

You should have applied for their infant or primary school place by 15 January 2020. The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late application.

You can make a late application from 22 January 2020.

Make a late primary or infant school application

You can apply by phone through Call Derbyshire tel: 01629 533190 from 22 January 2020. 

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.

The parents guide to primary admissions will help you apply for a for a primary, infant or junior school place.

Apply for a junior 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 should have applied for a junior place by 15 January 2020. The closing date has now passed but you can still make a late application.

You can make a late application from 22 January 2020.

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 2020 this information will also apply to you.

Make a late junior school place application

You can apply by phone through Call Derbyshire tel: 01629 533190 from 22 January 2020.

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. It 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.

In law there's no automatic right to place a child in any particular school. It may not be possible to offer a place at a preferred school.

You must apply for a school place through the council covering the area in which you live, which may not be the same as where the school is. If you do not live in Derbyshire you can apply through your local council.

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 everything you need to know about changing schools and how to make an application.

Appeals

If you're unable to get a place for your child in your preferred school you can appeal against the decision.

Guidance is also attached to this page.