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

Secondary admissions timescale

  • July 2019 – admissions and transport team inform schools of the number of children in their normal area.
  • Week commencing 2 September 2019 – information on application process distributed to all Year 6 children and school prospectuses available in primary schools.
  • Monday 9 September 2019 – online and telephone application facilities open.
  • From week commencing 16 September 2019 - preferences start to be recorded on Admissions System and initial information available to schools on SAM.
  • Midnight 31 October 2019 – closing date for submission of applications.
  • By Friday 8 November 2019 - admissions and transport team send other local authorities details of Derbyshire children who have expressed preferences for their schools.
  • By Friday 8 November 2019 – admissions and transport team to have received from other local authorities details of their children who have expressed preferences for Derbyshire schools.
  • By Friday 22 November 2019 – admissions and transport team will have released all preference details to own admission authority schools.
  • By Friday 6 December 2019 – own admission authority school rankings to be complete on SAM 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 3 January 2020 – admissions and transport team send to other local authorities’ potential offers of places in Derbyshire schools.
  • By Friday 3 January 2020 – admissions and transport team to receive from other local authorities potential offers of places in their schools.
  • By Friday 14 February 2020 – 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.
  • Monday 2 March 2020 – national offer day. Decision available online and letters posted second class where appropriate.
  • Monday 2 March 2020 - waiting lists for all oversubscribed schools established and administered by the admissions and transport team.
  • Monday 30 March 2020 – appeals to be requested by this date (legal requirement 20 school days from closing date).
  • April 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 and transport team will deal with any resulting movement.
  • Monday 15 June 2020 - main round of appeals to be heard by this date.
  • From Monday 7 September 2020 – 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.
  • 31 December 2020 – waiting lists cease to be maintained by admissions and transport team.

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