- Created on Thursday, 12 November 2015 08:55
Parents need to apply to Derbyshire County Council from next week to get their child’s infant or primary school place for September 2016. Applications for children who were born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 will open on Monday 16 November. Applying online is the easiest method. Just visit the school admissions section of our website. The deadline to submit applications is midnight on Friday 15 January 2016.
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 the internet can Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190 between 8am and 8pm on weekdays and 9.30am and 4pm on Saturdays, and a member of staff will complete the application on their behalf.
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.
Parents with children in Year 2 who attend an infant school will get information from their current school about how to apply for a Year 3 primary or junior school place.
Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, Derbyshire County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “The early years of school are very important in a child’s life. We want parents to carefully consider which school they would like their child to go to and get their application in before the deadline to give themselves the best chance of getting in at the school they want. It’s quick and easy to apply – especially online.
“If they miss the deadline they risk not getting a place for their child at their preferred school and that could mean them having to travel further or not getting in to the same school as their friends.”
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.
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 www.derbyshire.gov.uk/admissions