Apply for a reception or junior place for September 2023
How to apply
- your child is starting school for the first time in September 2023 and
- you live in Derby.
- your child is in year 2 at an infant school and will be transferring to junior school in September 2023 and
- you live in Derby.
Follow these steps to apply for a school place:
- Find your nearest primary schools.
- Read how primary school places are decided in the Primary schools admissions handbook. (If you require this document in an accessible format, please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Apply for a place.
If you live outside of Derby and need a place here, you should still apply to your current local council.
If you want a place at an independent school or private school, contact the school directly.
When to apply
You can make an application from 4 November 2022 until 13 January 2023.
Supplementary application forms
All applications for a place at a Roman Catholic school also need to complete a Roman Catholic supplementary application form.
All applications for a place at Akaal primary school also need to complete an Akaal Primary School supplementary information form.
All applications for a place at a Church of England school also need to complete a Church of England supplementary application form.
New school - Oak Grange Primary School
We are pleased to announce the opening of a new school within the Snelsmoor Housing project at Boulton Moor, the school will be named Oak Grange Primary.
Work on the school started summer of 2022 and it will be ready to admit reception-aged children for September 2023. The intake will be staggered to minimise any possible detrimental effects on neighbouring schools.
When applying for a junior transfer place, only three primary schools take in extra pupils.
- Dale Community Primary School
- Hardwick Primary School
- St. John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy.
If any other schools are named as a preference they will be withdrawn.
If you are applying for a place in a Roman Catholic school, you will also need to fill out a Roman Catholic supplementary application form.
Applying late means you have less chance of getting your preferred school because we offer places to on-time applications first.
Places at your preferred school may have already been taken by on-time applicants.
If the child’s parents are separated or divorced, there are various things that need to be considered depending on the situation.
What if the child’s parents live at separate addresses?
If the residency of your child is split between both parents, we consider the home address to be the address where the child lives for the majority of the school week (Monday to Friday).
If the child spends equal amounts of time at both addresses, you will be asked to nominate which address you wish to use for the purpose of allocating a school place.
If you fail to do so, we have the right to nominate the address that we consider appropriate, which will normally be that at which Child Benefit is received.
We may ask for evidence of your child's place of permanent residence.
What happens if both parents cannot agree on the choice of schools?
You are advised to reach an agreement with any other person who may submit an application for your child, such as another parent.
If one parent has parental responsibility (as evidenced by documentation), that parent's application is the one that will be accepted.
If parents are separated and both have parental responsibility, then they must determine between them who will make the application. If they cannot agree, then either parent may seek to have that determined by a Court.
In the event of a dispute between parents who do not have this matter resolved by the Court by the closing date, we will accept the application by the parent with whom the child resides the majority of the school week. Where that is equal we will determine whose application is progressed with reference to the parent who is in receipt of Child Benefit.
If no one is in receipt of Child Benefit we will consider all of the circumstances and make a determination as to the application which will be accepted and provide our reasons for doing so. This will ensure the child has an active application for a school place.