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Secondary school admissions

Apply for your child's secondary school place.

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The information in our parents' guide to secondary education can help you to choose a school and make an application.

For children transferring to secondary school in September 2020 you can apply online from 9am on September 2019 to midnight on 31 October 2019.

Apply for a secondary school place

You can return to your application and make changes any time during this period.

Apply by telephone

You can make a telephone application through Call Derbyshire from 9 September 2019. Tel: 01629 533190 from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and from 9:30am to 4pm on Saturdays.

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.

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 secondary 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 can find your local council.

Getting your offer

We'll let you know which school your child is being offered a place at on 2 March 2020. If you've applied online you can log in and see the result. You'll get an email about your place. All applicants will be notified by letter posted second class on 2 March 2020.


If you cannot get a place for your child in the school you wanted, you can appeal against the decision. Your appeal will be heard by an appeal panel independent of the school and the council. Guidance is also attached to this page.

Changing secondary school at other times

You may want to apply for a place at a secondary school for your child at other times, for example if you have recently moved.

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