Still time to apply for school places

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Parents of year six pupils are reminded they need to apply to Derbyshire County Council to get their child’s secondary school place for September 2014.

Year six primary school children who were born between 1 September 2002 and 31 August 2003 must apply by Thursday 31 October.

Applying online is the easiest method. Just visit the school admissions section of our website at The deadline to submit applications is midnight on Thursday 31 October 2013.

Applying online is quicker and allows parents to make changes to their application at any point up to the closing date. Anyone who applies online also receives an email to confirm their application has been received.

Parents who do not have access to a computer can Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190 between 8am and 8pm on weekdays and 9.30am and 4pm on Saturdays.

When completing the application form parents will be asked to list, in order of preference, the three schools they would most like their child to go to.

Although parents have a legal right to express preferences they have no automatic right to a place at any particular school.

Applications submitted to Derbyshire County 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 Jim Coyle, Derbyshire County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “We would urge parents to put their application in before the deadline to give themselves the best chance of getting the school they want.

“If they miss the deadline they risk not getting a place for their child at their preferred school and that could mean them not getting into the same school as their friends and having to travel further to an alternative school.”

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

Apply for your child’s place online at