Schools in Derby

Children aged 5 to 16 must be in compulsory education. The academic year for schools runs from September to July and attendance is compulsory. Children aged 5 to 11 attend primary schools (years one to six), and those aged 11 to 16 attend secondary schools (years seven to eleven).

After 16, young people can continue to study AS and A levels or vocational qualifications (such as NVQs). These studies usually take place in 'sixth form colleges', within schools or in Further Education (FE) Colleges.

Guides to primary and secondary education in Derby including admissions procedures and a list of schools can be downloaded from:

Home address

Applications made prior to arrival in Derby will be accepted but most schools allocate places based on the distance between the school and the home address.

A local address needs to be secured before an application will be processed. Home addresses must be verified by a document such as a council tax bill or tenancy agreement. Submit the application in advance with an explanation that you will be moving into the area. Confirm your local address to the School Admissions Team as soon as possible on arrival.

International students

In addition to the guidelines above, international parents or carers should note that allocation to year groups is automatically based upon age rather than prior learning.

Some schools may wish to assess children from abroad who have been following a different educational curriculum and syllabus. At secondary level this may result in children needing to enter lower year groups in some subjects in order to avoid being disadvantaged.

Free travel passes for school children

Most parents choose a school for their child within walking distance of their home.

The walking distance is given in law as: two miles for children under eight years old, three miles for children aged eight and over. However, if your child is eligible for Free School Meals, or you are in receipt of the maximum level of Working Tax Credit, the walking distance will remain at two miles until your child moves to Secondary School. Proof of these benefits will be required. In these instances the Council may provide you with a free bus pass or refund the cost of transporting your child to school

If your child is attending school full-time, but has no school within walking distance of your home which we can arrange for them to attend, the Council help with transport to the nearest suitable school, excluding nursery schools. They will give this help up to the end of compulsory school age - this is the end of the school year in which your child reaches the age of 16.