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Time running out to apply for next year's secondary school places

The deadline for parents of Year Six pupils living in Derbyshire to apply to the county council for their child's secondary school place is fast approaching.

Parents have until midnight on Saturday 31 October to submit their applications and are being encouraged to do so online by heading to 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, up to 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.

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

The authority adds that although parents have a legal right to express preferences, they have no automatic right to a place at any particular school.

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 are more likely to find that the school they want their child to go to is full.

Any parents who are 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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