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Parents to learn about child's secondary school place

Parents across the High Peak will hear about their child's secondary school place today (Monday) on what is 'National Offer Day'.

Derbyshire County Council had made offers of places to around 8,500 children throughout the county. 

Of those parents who applied by the closing date, 91.8 per cent have been offered their first choice school, according to the county council. 

Overall, 96.4 per cent have been offered a place at one of their three preferred schools.

Cllr Alex Dale, DCC's Cabinet Member for Young People, said: "I’d like to thank everyone who applied to us on time for their child’s secondary school place, which helps us manage the thousands of applications we receive and offer as many parents as possible their preferred school choice.

"I’d also like to thank our school admissions and transport team for processing almost 9,600 applications and helping parents with their applications.

"There were a few parents who didn’t make an application, however in this case, the parents will be offered the normal area school for their home address if the school has vacancies or the nearest school with vacancies if the normal area school is oversubscribed. Parents can still make an application for preferred schools if they wish." 

The small number of parents who have not been offered a place at their preferred school have the right of appeal to an independent panel. Information on how to appeal is available online by visiting www.derbyshire.gov.uk/admissions

Alternatively, parents can get information from the council's school admissions and transport team by calling 01629 537479.

Almost every parent in Derbyshire made their secondary school application online this year, with 99.9 per cent visiting the council’s website to complete the form.

Parents who provided an email address were due to receive an email about their child’s place after 9.30am today (Monday), or parents can log on to the council’s website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/admissions using their user ID.

The council will post out letters today (Monday) to parents who didn’t provide an email address.

Parents who have applied for places at infant, primary or junior schools for their child will be notified on 16 April 2020.

Anyone who hasn’t already made an application should do so urgently by using the late application facility at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/admissions or Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190 between 8am and 8pm on weekdays (9.30am and 4pm on Saturday).

Paper application forms are also available from the council’s school admissions and transport team on 01629 537479.

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