Secondary School Applications now open

Parents of year 6 pupils living in Derbyshire can now apply for their child’s secondary school place for September 2019.

Around 8,900 year 6 primary school children – who were born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 – have been sent information on the application process.

The deadline to submit applications is at midnight on Wednesday 31 October 2018.Applying online is the easiest method and can be done here.

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 will receive an email to confirm their application has been received. To find out other ways to submit, please click the link above or talk to your child’s school.

When completing the application form parents will be asked to list, in order of preference, the 3 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 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.

Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said:

“As the new school term begins, the time has come for parents with children in year 6 to apply for their child’s secondary school place for September 2019.

“It’s really quick and easy to apply – especially if parents do it online and we have a dedicated team on hand to help parents with the application process.

“Picking the right school is a big decision so we’re asking parents to take their time to explore all of their options and send in their application before the deadline on Wednesday 31 October.”

Councillor Dale added:

“Missing the deadline could mean parents are less likely to get a place at their preferred school and could mean their child may have to travel further to an alternative school or not get into the same school as their friends.”

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

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