School places letters loom

LETTERS will be sent out to parents in Derbyshire this week informing them of which secondary school their child has been offered a place at.

The authority will send out letters on 1st March making offers of secondary school places to 7,722 Derbyshire children.

Of those who applied by the closing date, 98.7 per cent have been offered their first choice school - up from 96.2 per cent last year and the highest number yet.

Overall 99.8 per cent have been offered a place at one of their three preferred schools.

This is the seventh year the county council has acted as a central clearing house to deal with admissions to all secondary schools, including voluntary aided, academy and foundation (former grant maintained) schools.

Coun Mike Longden, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for education, said: “It is always a time consuming and difficult job for our staff to process all these applications and balance the requests of parents with the places each school has available.

“Parents have no automatic right to a place at a particular school but the requests of most parents have been met.”

Parents who have not got a place at their preferred school have the right of appeal to an independent panel. Information on how to appeal is available online by visiting

l Contact the admissions team on 01629 537499 to request a paper application form.