School Admissions

Children are usually admitted into Foundation Stage Two (Reception) in the school year that they are five years old.

How do I apply for an infant, junior or primary school place?

Derby City Council admissions service is 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 DCC. If you are unsure whether your school is in Derby, you can check by using Directgov’s Local Authority Listings. You need to apply to your local council even if the school is in another council’s area.

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 for September 2019

If you want to apply for the intake year of an Infant, Junior or Primary school starting in September 2019, you can make your application from 6th November 2018 onwards. You need to apply by the National Closing Date of 15th January 2019. Any applications made after 15th January 2019 will be classed as ‘late’ and considered after all ‘on time’ applications have been dealt with. To make an application you can:

  • apply online – it’s quick and easy and lets you track the progress of your application
  • 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 DCC to send you one.


If you make your application online, you will be able to access your decision on 16th April 2019 – National Offer Day. If you apply by phone or on a paper form your offer letter will be posted on 18th April 2017, second class. No decision will be given over the telephone.

PLEASE NOTE: The admission process for children and young people with a Statement or Education, Health and Care Plan is different. More information can be found on our website.

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, DCC 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 DCC to send you one.

How DCC 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 them within 15 working days.

Letting you know the decision

DCC will send you their 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.

How do I appeal against the decision?

The Independent Appeal Panel is completely independent of the schools and the Council. They are able to take your family’s personal circumstances into account and balance these against the school’s admission criteria. The Panel’s decision to allow or refuse an appeal is final.