Apply for a reception or junior transfer place at primary school

If your child lives in Derby city and is due to start reception in September 2020 or; they are currently in year 2 at an infant school and will be transferring to junior school in September 2020, you will need to apply for a school place.

How to apply

Derby City Council Admissions Service is responsible for coordinating all applications from parents for school places in our catchment area.

You can make an application from 6 November 2019. The closing date for online applications is 15 January 2020. If the closing date has passed, you can still apply however any applications made after the deadline date will be classed as late and will be considered after all on-time applications have been processed.

  • PLEASE Note: The admissions process for children with a Statement of Special Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan is different. More information can be found on Derby City Council’s Special education needs assessment page.

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online. You can also apply by telephone on 01332 642730. Alternatively, you can request a paper application using the same telephone number.

Apply for a reception or junior transfer place

Summer born children

School admission authorities are required to provide admission for all children in the September following their fourth birthday. However, a child is not required to start school until they have reached compulsory school age following their fifth birthday.

For summer born children, parents can request that their child attends part-time until they reach compulsory school age or that the date their child is admitted to school is deferred until after in the same academic year. Where parents consider sending their summer born children to school in the September after their fifth birthday and request that they enter the reception class in September 2020 instead of the year 1 class, the admission authority is required to make the decision based on the individual circumstances of each case.

Please note, you will still need to make an application for delayed entry at the normal time and before the closing date of 15 January 2020, as well as submitting an application for a place in the current round.


Living outside of Derby city

If you live outside of Derby city you should apply through your your local council even if you want to apply for a place at a Derby city school.

The admission authority for the school will consider your application after all on-time applications. If there are still places available, the admission authority will look at your application, along with any other applications that were made late.

If you have applied to any academy, foundation or voluntary-aided school places, the governing body will decide whether your child can be offered a place. The application is sent to the school for consideration.

Proof of residence

If you change your address, you may be required to provide proof of residence. If this is necessary, we will let you know once you have submitted your application.

National Offer Day - 16 April 2020 

The National Offer Day for infant and junior applications is 16 April 2020.

  • If you apply online, we send emails on 16 April notifying you of the outcome of your application.
  • If you apply by post or over the telephone, we send decision letters by second class post on 16 April.
  • If you are happy with the offer, you do not need to do anything else - the school will contact you.
  • If you are unhappy with the place offered to you, please contact us and we will advise you what you can do next.
  • You are strongly advised not to decline the place offered to your child unless they have been offered a place in an alternative school. If you do not accept the place offered, your child may not have a school place for September 2020, leaving you liable for prosecution by the Education Welfare Service (EWS). You can accept or decline the place at a later date if your child is offered a place at an alternative school from the waiting list or as a result of any successful appeal or late application you may make.

Waiting lists

If you have not been offered a place at one of your preferred schools, your child will automatically be put on the waiting list. All oversubscribed schools have to maintain a waiting list until December 2020. We maintain waiting lists for most schools for one academic year. If you wish for your child to remain on the waiting list, you must contact us by 31 July 2020.

How to appeal

If you have been refused a place, you can appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. The panel is completely independent of the schools and the Council. Details on how to apply can be found on our School admissions appeals page.

Making an in-year application

How to apply

If you have moved address, just arrived in Derby or if you wish to change your child’s school, the quickest and easiest way to apply is online. Alternatively, you can download an In-year Admission to School Application Form and return to us or telephone 01332 642725/642728 to request a paper application form to be sent to you.

You can contact us before making an application to find out which schools may have places available in your child’s year group.

  • You can apply for up to threeschools in Derby city. We strongly recommend that you apply for the maximum number of schools. You will be able to state the reasons for your preferences. We will process your application according to how you have ranked your schools.
  • Roman Catholicschools have a supplementary application form that should be completed as well as the common application form.‌

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