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Procedure for applying for junior places for infant and junior schools.

Primary admissions timescale September 2020 - 2021

  • Week commencing 4 November 2019 – information on application process distributed to schools.
  • Monday 11 November 2019 – online and telephone application facilities open.
  • From week commencing 18 November 2019 - preferences start to be recorded on the Admissions System and initial information available to schools on SAM.
  • Midnight Wednesday 15 January 2020 – closing date for submission of applications.
  • By Friday 24 January 2020 - admissions and transport team send other local authorities details of Derbyshire children who have expressed preferences for their schools.
  • By Friday 24 January 2020 – admissions and transport team to have received from other local authorities details of their children who have expressed preferences for Derbyshire schools.
  • By Friday 31 January 2020 – admissions and transport team will have released all preference details to own admission authority schools.
  • By Friday 7 February 2020 - 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 14 February 2020 – 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 Friday 7 March 2020 – admissions and transport team to send to other local authorities potential offers of places in Derbyshire schools.
  • By Friday 7 March 2020 – admissions and transport team to receive from other local authorities potential offers of places in their schools.
  • By Friday 27 March 2020 – 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.
  • Thursday 16 April 2020 – national offer day. Decision available online and letters posted second class where appropriate.
  • Thursday 16 April 2020 – waiting lists for all oversubscribed schools established and administered by the admissions team.
  • Monday 18 May 2020 – closing date for appeals (20 school days from offer day).
  • May 2020 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.
  • Thursday 17 July 2020 - main round of appeals to be heard by this date.
  • From Monday 7 September 2020 – schools to notify 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.
  • 31 December 2020 – waiting lists cease to be maintained by admissions and transport team.

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