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

Secondary admissions timescale

  • July 2020 – admissions and transport team inform schools of the number of children in their normal area.
  • Week commencing 7 September 2020 – information on the application process distributed to all Y6 children and school prospectuses available in primary schools.
  • Monday 14 September 2020 – online and telephone application facilities open.
  • From week commencing 21 September 2020 - preferences start to be recorded on Admissions System and initial information available to schools on SAM.
  • Midnight 31 October 2020 – closing date for submission of applications.
  • By Friday 6 November 2020 - Admissions and Transport Team send other Local Authorities details of Derbyshire children who have expressed preferences for their schools.
  • By Friday 6 November 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 20 November 2020 – Admissions and Transport Team will have released all preference details to own admission authority schools where assessments are done by the school.
  • By Friday 27 November 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 4 December 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 Monday 4 January 2021 – Admissions and Transport Team send to other Local Authorities potential offers of places in Derbyshire schools.
  • By Monday 4 January 2021 – Admissions and Transport Team to receive from other Local Authorities potential offers of places in their schools.
  • By Friday 12 February 2021 – 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 1 March 2021 – National Offer Day. Decision available online and letters posted 2nd class where appropriate.
  • Monday 1 March 2021 - waiting lists for all oversubscribed schools established and administered by the Admissions and Transport Team.
  • Monday 29 March 2021 – appeals to be requested by this date (legal requirement 20 school days from closing date).
  • April 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 and Transport Team will deal with any resulting movement.
  • Wednesday 16 June 2021 - main round of appeals to be heard by this date.
  • From Monday 6 September 2021 – 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.
  • Friday 31 December 2021 – waiting lists cease to be maintained by Admissions and Transport Team.

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