Derby City local authority manages our admissions process.
Parents should refer to the local authority to find out about our school’s admission and appeal arrangements.
How Do I Apply For an Infant, Junior or Primary School Place?
Derby City Council admissions service are responsible for coordinating all applications from parents for school places in our catchment area.
If you want to apply for an infant, junior or primary school place in Derby, you need to make an application to them.
Applying as a parent you have a legal right to express a preference for a school that you want your child to attend. If your preferred school has a place, then a place should be offered to your child.
Applying for a Reception, Junior or Primary School in 2023:
If you want to apply for the intake year of an Infant, Junior or Primary school starting in September 2023, you can make your application from 4th November 2022, to make an application you can:
- Apply online – it’s quick and easy and lets you track the progress of your application http://www.derby.gov.uk/primary
- Apply by phone on 01332 642730 – this takes around 5 minutes and you will need to know the name of the school you are applying to
- Apply using a paper form – telephone 01332 642730 to ask Derby City Council to send you one.
Closing date for applications 13th January 2023.
If you make your application online, you will be able to access your decision on 17th April 2023 – National Offer Day. If you apply by phone or on a paper form your offer letter will be posted on 18th April 2023, second class. No decision will be given over the telephone.
Making an In-Year Application:
If you want to make an application for a school in Derby City Council’s area, you need to complete a Primary School in-year admission form. As the Council’s Admissions service, we are responsible for co-ordinating all applications made for secondary school places.
Alternatively, you can complete the eform – it’s quick and easy. If you want to apply using a paper form, you can telephone 01332 642726 to ask us to send you one.
How Derby City Council Process Your Application:
When you complete your application form you will have the opportunity to express preferences in rank order for up to three schools both in and outside of Derby City. You will also be able state your reasons for your preferences.
DCC will then process your application form according to how you have ranked your schools and you should receive a written decision from us within 15 working days.
Letting You Know the Decision:
DCC will send you our decision which will be one of these three outcomes…
- School place is offered where your child meets the criteria for a place at the first preferred school.
- School place is offered where your child meets the criteria for a place at the second or subsequent highest ranked preferred school.
- Where it is not possible to offer you the highest ranked school, your child will be added to that school’s waiting list and you are informed of how to appeal to the Independent Appeal Panel if you wish.
You can also track your application process online.
Before being admitted to the Infants, the children are given the opportunity to spend some time in the School to see their classroom and to visit their new class teacher.
Parents are also invited to meet with the Head teacher and staff, giving you the opportunity to discuss any concerns you might have regarding your child’s admission to school.
Nursery (Foundation Stage 1) Admissions:
To join our Nursery parents first need to put their child’s name onto our Nursery waiting list.
Do this as soon as possible by filling in an application form, which is available from the School Office or from the Nursery.
Am I entitled to 15 or 30 hours of free childcare?
We aim to admit children to the Nursery as soon after their third birthday as possible. However, this varies according to the number of places available at the time. It may not be possible to admit every child who applies for a place. Your child may be offered one of two options please see below, depending on availability and we do need to see his/her birth certificate before a Nursery place is offered. Most of our children join the Nursery in the September after their third birthday.
The nursery has 39 places. These are awarded to children in accordance with The City of Derby’s Admission Policy; priority being given to those children considered to have special needs.
Children transfer to the Infant classes during the Autumn Term in the year in which their fifth birthday occurs.
The Nursery offers places in 2 different ways:
- All day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday am
- Wednesday pm and all day Thursday and Friday
Transfer to Infant School:
Children will be invited to come into the Infant School on a full-time basis in the September of the year in which they have their fifth birthday. Parents must apply to the Local Authority for a place in their chosen school or schools.