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The procedure for applying for reception places at primary and infant schools.

Primary admissions timescale September 2021 - 2022

  • Week commencing 2 November 2020 – information on application process distributed to schools.
  • Monday 9 November 2020 – online and telephone application facilities open.
  • From week commencing 16 November 2020 - preferences start to be recorded on the Admissions System and initial information available to schools on SAM.
  • Midnight Friday 15 January 2021 – closing date for submission of applications.
  • By Monday 25 January 2021 - Admissions and Transport Team send other Local Authorities details of Derbyshire children who have expressed preferences for their schools.
  • By Monday 25 January 2021 – Admissions and Transport Team to have received from other Local Authorities details of their children who have expressed preferences for Derbyshire schools.
  • By Friday 29 January 2021 – Admissions and Transport Team will have released all preference details to own admission authority schools.
  • By Friday 12 February 2021 - Admissions and Transport Team will have released preference details for checking by own admission authority schools where assessments are done by the Admissions and Transport Team.
  • By Friday 12 February 2021 – own admission authority school rankings to be complete on SAM, checked and confirmed to the Admissions and Transport Team. Schools should ensure that a governors’ meeting to consider preferences is scheduled in order to meet this deadline.
  • By Monday 8 March 2021 – Admissions and Transport Team to send to other Local Authorities potential offers of places in Derbyshire schools.
  • By Monday 8 March 2021 – Admissions and Transport Team to receive from other Local Authorities potential offers of places in their schools.
  • By Friday 26 March 2021 – allocation process complete. Admissions and Transport Team to release details of children to be offered places (subject to the receipt of information from neighbouring Local Authorities). This information is confidential until National Offer Day.
  • Friday 16 April 2021 – National Offer Day. Decision available online and letters posted second class where appropriate.
  • Friday 16 April 2021 – waiting lists for all oversubscribed community and voluntary controlled schools established and administered by the Admissions Team.
  • Monday 17 May 2021 – closing date for appeals (20 school days from offer day).
  • May 2021 onwards – own admission authority 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.
  • Monday 19 July 2021 - main round of appeals to be heard by this date.

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