Don't lose out on a primary school place for your child with just hours to apply

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There are only a few hours left to apply for your child's place at primary or infant school for a September start.

Parents have until midnight on Monday to select the three schools they would like their child to attend.

Children born between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014 are eligible to start school in September 2018.

If you do not submit an application, your child may not be able to get into the school you prefer them to attend and their application will be dealt with after all those who applied on time.

Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council, understandably, manage applications for schools in Derby and Derbyshire, respectively.

Parents applying for places in junior schools for their children, who will have been born between September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011 should also use the same method of application.

Parents have a few hours to apply for their child's primary or infant school place

Parents have a few hours to apply for their child's primary or infant school place

Online is the simplest way to apply is online. For schools in Derby, you can find an online application form by clicking here.

For schools which come under Derbyshire County Council you can apply by clicking here.

Alternatively, parents can call Derbyshire County Council until 8pm on Monday evening on 01629 533190 or Derby City Council on 01332 642730 between 8.30am and 5.00pm on Monday.

Parents have a legal right to express a preference for which school they want their child to attend.

This is not the same as being able to choose, but means that if a parent expresses a preference for a particular school and there are places available then a place should be offered at that school.

However, in law there is no automatic right to place a child in any particular school and it may not be possible to offer a place at a preferred school.

Parents making their application online will be able to access the decision on National Offer Day which is April 16.

Anyone applying by phone or on a paper form will have their decision posted second class to them on April 16. No decision will be given over the telephone.

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