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Procedure for applying for secondary school places for primary, junior and secondary schools.

The application process for the 2018 to 2019 secondary intake opened on 10 September 2018. Information regarding the process and the final secondary timescale is now available.

Secondary admissions timescale

  • July 2018– admissions and transport team inform schools of the number of children in their normal area.
  • Week commencing 3 September 2018 – information on application process distributed to all Y6 children and school prospectuses available in primary schools.
  • Monday 10 September 2018 – online and telephone application facilities open.
  • From week commencing 17 September 2018 - preferences start to be recorded on Admissions System and initial information available to schools on SAM.
  • Midnight 31 October 2018 – closing date for submission of applications.
  • By Friday 9 November 2018 - admissions and transport team send other local authorities details of Derbyshire children who have expressed preferences for their schools.
  • By Friday 9 November 2018 – admissions and transport team to have received from other local authorities details of their children who have expressed preferences for Derbyshire schools.
  • By Friday 23 November 2018 – admissions and transport team will have released all preference details to own admission authority schools.
  • By Friday 7 December 2018 – own admission authority school rankings to be complete on SAM and confirmed to the admissions and transport team. Schools should ensure that a governor's meeting to consider preferences is scheduled in order to meet this deadline.
  • By Friday 4 January 2019 – admissions and transport team send to other local authorities potential offers of places in Derbyshire schools.
  • By Friday 4 January 2019 – admissions and transport team to receive from other local authorities potential offers of places in their schools.
  • By Friday 15 February 2019 – allocation process complete. Admissions and transport team to release details of the children to be offered places (subject to receipt of information from neighbouring local authorities). This information is confidential until national offer day.
  • Friday 1 March 2019 – national offer day. Decision available online and letters posted second class where appropriate.
  • Friday 1 March 2019 - waiting lists for all oversubscribed schools established and administered by the admissions and transport team.
  • Friday 29 March 2019 – appeals to be requested by this date (legal requirement 20 school days from closing date).
  • April 2019 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 and transport team will deal with any resulting movement.
  • Monday 17 June 2019 - main round of appeals to be heard by this date.
  • From Monday 9 September 2019 – 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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