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Procedure for applying for reception places for primary, infant and nursery schools.

The application process for the 2019-2020 reception intake opened on 12 November 2018. Information regarding the process and the final primary timescale is now available.

Primary admissions timescale

  • Week commencing 5 November 2018 – information on application process distributed to schools.
  • Monday 12 November 2018 – online and telephone application facilities open.
  • From week commencing 19 November 2018 - preferences start to be recorded on the Admissions System and initial information available to schools on SAM.
  • Midnight Tuesday 15 January 2019 – closing date for submission of applications.
  • By Friday 25 January 2019 - admissions and transport Team send other LAs details of Derbyshire children who have expressed preferences for their schools.
  • By Friday 25 January 2019 – admissions and transport team to have received from other local authorities details of their children who have expressed preferences for community and voluntary controlled schools.
  • By Friday 1 February 2019 – admissions and transport team will have released all preference details to own admission authority schools.
  • By Friday 15 February 2019 – own admission authority school rankings to be complete on SAM and confirmed to the admissions and transport team. Community and voluntary controlled schools should ensure that a governors’ meeting to consider preferences is scheduled in order to meet this deadline.
  • By Friday 8 March 2019 – admissions and transport team to send to other LAs potential offers of places in community and voluntary controlled schools.
  • By Friday 8 March 2019 – admissions and transport team to receive from other LAs potential offers of places in their schools.
  • By Friday 29 March 2019 – allocation process complete. Admissions and transport team to release details of children to be offered places (subject to the receipt of information from neighbouring LAs). This information is confidential until National Offer Day.
  • Tuesday 16 April 2019 – National Offer Day. Decision available online and letters posted second class where appropriate.
  • Tuesday 16 April 2019 – waiting lists for all oversubscribed community and voluntary controlled schools established and administered by the admissions team.
  • Monday 3 June 2019 – closing date for appeals (20 school days from offer day).
  • May 2019 onwards – own admission authority community and voluntary controlled schools to inform admissions and transport team of the outcome of appeals to the independent appeal panels. Where appeals have been successful, the admissions team will deal with any resulting movement.
  • Thursday 22 July 2019 - main round of appeals to be heard by this date.
  • From Monday 9 September 2019 – community and voluntary controlled schools to notify the admissions and transport team of any pupil allocated a place who does not take up the place offered or who leaves whilst the waiting list is maintained.
  • Tuesday 31 December 2019 – waiting lists cease to be maintained by admissions and transport team.

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