Using the primary admissions guide

Please read all the information contained in the guide before making an application. We are currently not able to write to parents reminding them of when their child should start school.


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

If you are requesting a place at a school outside of Derbyshire we will send the form to the neighbouring council for consideration and work 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 is 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 of Derbyshire but want your child to attend a Derbyshire school you should make your application through your home council who will liaise with us.

Even if you have 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 three schools and give your reasons.

We would prefer you to apply online (opens in a new window). It's quick and it's free.

If you don't have internet access you can apply by phone from the 13 November 2017. Contact Call Derbyshire tel: 01629 533190. The contact centre is open between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Friday, and Saturdays 9.30am to 4pm. An average three minute call costs 10p for BT customers. Charges from other suppliers may vary.

If for any reason you are unable to make an application either online or through Call Derbyshire please contact us tel: 01629 537499.

Make sure your application is in by midnight on 15 January 2018.

How does it work?

You fill in one application form only, no matter how many schools you want to apply for. There is no need to fill out a separate form for each school. Only make one application online, by phone or paper - not one of each.

We act as a clearing house for admitting all Derbyshire pupils to primary, infant and junior schools.

Transfer from infant to junior school

When children are due to leave infant school and need to move to a different school for their junior education, parents must make an application.

A place in a particular infant school does not guarantee a place at the associated junior school. Similarly, a place at a particular junior or primary school does not guarantee a place at a particular secondary school (different arrangements apply in the Eckington area).

The closing date for parents to return forms is midnight on 15 January 2018. Applications are needed from all parents, including those who want their child to attend their normal area school.

Supplementary forms

Some voluntary aided, academy and foundation schools may want you to fill in supplementary forms or provide documentation in addition to an application you make to us.

Look at the school's brochure to see if this is the case. This is so that they can apply their own admission criteria. For example, they might want proof of your address or proof that your child has been baptised.

Supplementary forms are available from the relevant school and also from us, including the website. Any additional paperwork of this type should be returned to the school by the closing date.

This supplementary paperwork is not instead of our application form. You will still need to make an application to us.

You must have your application submitted by midnight on 15 January 2018.

Special educational needs

If your child has a statement of special educational needs or an education health and care plan his or her admission is dealt with through the statement. You should contact us tel: 01629 536531 or 01629 536547.