Derbyshire parents urged to apply for children’s secondary school

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Parents of year six pupils will be able to apply to Derbyshire County Council from next week to get their child’s secondary school place for September 2013.

Around 7,500 year six primary school children – who were born between 1st September 2001 and 31st August 2002 – will be sent information on the application process, which opens next week (10 September).

Applying is easy and can be done online in the school admissions section of our website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/admissions. The deadline to submit applications is midnight on Wednesday 31 October 2012.

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.

As always, parents can still choose to complete the paper form, which they can get by emailing admissions@derbyshire.gov.uk or ringing 01629 537499. This can be returned to their child’s current school.

Parents who do not have access to a computer can Call Derbyshire on 08456 058 058 or 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 Mike Longden, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We want parents to carefully consider which school they want their child to go to and get their application in before the deadline to give themselves the best chance of success.

“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 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.

Apply for your child’s place online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/admissions