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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 2021 you can apply online from 14 September 2020 until midnight on 31 October 2020

Make a secondary school application

Apply by telephone

You can make a telephone application through Call Derbyshire from 14 September 2020. 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. 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.

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 do not 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 1 March 2021. 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 1 March 2021.


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.

Applying for a secondary school place 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.