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If your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 they will be eligible to start school in September 2017. You should apply for their infant/ primary school place by 15 January 2017. You will be able to make your application here from 9am on 14 November.
If your child was born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 and is in their last year at infant school you should apply for their junior place by 15 January 2017. You will be able to make your application here from 9am on 14 November.
The application process is quick and easy and you can also find information about how to choose a school and apply for a place in our guide for parents at that time.
You'll get your offer on 18 April 2017 and if you're unhappy with the decision you can make an appeal. You can do this online and more information can be found on the primary appeals (opens in a new window) web page.
You may want to apply for your child to change schools other than when they are due to start primary, junior or secondary education. This could be because of a change of address.
If you want to apply for a place at a school in Derbyshire, you can do this online at any time of year and we've added guidance in the changing schools section to help you through the process.
If you want to apply for a place at a school in another council area you should contact the council where the school is located in the first instance. You can find contact details for other councils through the Directgov website (opens in a new window).
You have a legal right to express a preference for which school you want your child to go to. This isn't the same as being able to choose.
Where you have told us of a preference for a particular school and there are places we'll try to offer you a place at that school.
However, there is no automatic right to a place at a particular school and it may not always be possible to offer a place at your preference.
You have the right to appeal where you're unhappy with the offer made.