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Derbyshire County Council is responsible for education and learning in South Derbyshire.

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As most education services in this area are provided by Derbyshire County Council, you may find it helpful to view the education and learning pages of their website.


Nursery schools provide education for two to four-year-olds.

The Primary phase caters for pupils aged five to 11. Infant schools cater for five to seven year olds. Junior schools cater for seven to 11 year olds. Primary schools cater for five to 11 year olds.

Secondary schools provide education for pupils aged 11 plus.

Special schools cater for a variety of different ages. If your child attends a special school, they will have a statement of special educational needs.

Finding a school

The following links will show schools on our map using the Derbyshire Mapping portal, a GIS system provided by the Derbyshire Mapping Partnership. Maps may take some time to load if using a slower connection. (Help and Accessibility)

Tip: when using the above links, use the [+] symbol to zoom in, the [-] symbol to zoom out and the [i] to obtain further information about a school

Applying for a school place

You can apply for a school place online on the Derbyshire County Council website where all aspects of the application process are explained:

You can apply by telephone if your child is starting school for the first time or transferring to junior or secondary school - Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190.

  • In-year school application (opens in a new window) - parents wishing to move their child to another school other than at the normal transfer time, for example, following a change of address.

You can apply by completing a paper application form. Paper forms are available from for the appeals and admissions team by emailing Or you can download a PDF version of the in-year primary and secondary application forms and accompanying guidance notes from the more information section.

Enquiries about nursery, primary, secondary and special education should be made at the local:

Area Education Office
Library Building
Grosvenor Road

Tel: 01773 744741

Enquiries about educational opportunities for pre-school children should be made to:

County Education Office
County Hall

Tel: 01629 536418

Church schools

Enquiries about church schools can be made to the appropriate Diocesan Council or Commission as follows:

Church of England Schools:
The Derby Diocesan Council of Education
Derby Church House
Full Street

Tel: 01332 382233

Roman Catholic Schools
The Nottingham Diocesan Schools Commission
Diocesan Offices
Wilson House
Derby Road
Tel: 0115 9539801

Neighbouring education authorities

Derby City

Derby City Council - Education and Learning

Leicestershire County Council

Leicestershire County Council - Education

Staffordshire County Council

Staffordshire County Council - Education and Learning

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