How to apply for next year's secondary school places

Parents of Year Six pupils living in Derbyshire can now apply to Derbyshire County Council for their child’s secondary school place for September 2020.

Around 8,500 Year Six primary school children – who were born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 – have been sent information about the application process. 

Applications opened today (Monday) and the deadline to submit applications is midnight on Thursday 31 October 2019.

Applying online is the most efficient method and also allows the council’s school admissions team to most effectively receive and gather the information it requires to allocate places at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/admissions.

An online application also allows parents to make changes to their preferences or amend any other details if necessary at any point up to the closing date. Anyone who applies online will receive an email to assure them their application has been received. 

When completing the application form, parents are asked to list, in order of preference, the three schools they would most like their child to attend and should consider including their child’s ‘normal area’ school as one of their preferences. 

Parents who don’t include their child’s normal area school could – if that school then becomes full – find themselves being offered a place at a school further away and be liable for any costs associated with home to school transport.    

It's worth noting that although parents have a legal right to express preferences, they have no automatic right to a place at any particular school.

Councillor Alex Dale, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Young People, said: “As the new school term begins, the time has come for parents with children in Year Six to apply for their child’s secondary school place for September 2020. 

“It’s really quick and easy to apply – especially if parents do it online and we have a dedicated team on hand to help parents with the application process.

“Picking the right school is a big decision so we’re asking parents to take their time to explore all of their options and send in their application before the deadline.”

Applications submitted to the council after the deadline will not be considered until places have been allocated to those children whose parents did return their form on time.

Parents who fail to meet the deadline may find that the school they want their child to go to is full.

Councillor Dale added: “Missing the deadline could mean parents are less likely to get a place at their preferred school and could mean their child may have to travel further to an alternative school or not get into the same school as their friends.”

Any parents who are a refused a place for their child have a right of appeal to an independent panel.

Parents who do not have access to the internet can Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190. 

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