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Applying for a school place

Applying for your Child's Nursery Place:

All children have a right to an early years education place in the September following their 3rd birthday. There will be a single entry in September and all eligible children will be admitted at this time.


Free places are available for 5 sessions per week of 3 hours duration each session. Governors will also consider admitting eligible pupils for 30 hours places.  This will depend on numbers on the waiting list each year and consideration will be given to 30 hours after all pupils have been offered an initial 15 hours.


Please contact the school to register your child on to the waiting list - sight of the original birth certificate will be needed at this time. Applications on the waiting list will be considered after the last Friday in March each year and parents will be notified in writing as soon as possible after this date.  If too many places are requested, governors will give priority to:


  1. Children who are on the Child Protection At Risk Register
  2. Children who are or are likely to be the subject of an Education and Health Care Plan.
  3. Children whose families are suffering severe social and psychological stress which  could significantly affect the child's development.
  4. Other children from the normal area
  5. Children not living in the normal area but who have siblings attending either the Infant or Junior School at the time of application or admission.
  6. Children from the wider area.


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If your child's application for a place in our Nursery is successful you will be notified at the same time as National School Offers Day, this is usually around mid April but can be found here on Derbyshire County Council website:

Click here to apply for 30 hours free childcare:


Applying for your child's first school place: 

(Please note you must apply for a School place even if your child already attends our Nursery)


If your child was born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 they will be eligible to start school in September 2024. You should apply for their infant or primary school place by 15 January 2024. You will be able to make your application from 9am on 6 November 2023.


Our school can take up to 60 children at the September intake (30 children in each Reception Class) All are welcome to apply, even those outside our catchment area. 


Applications must be made via the Derbyshire County Council website (see link below). Please ensure you apply in preference order (1st - 3rd place).

Riddings Infant and Nursery Virtual Tour

Changing schools during the school year:

There can be many reasons why you might want to change the school your child attends during the academic year. If you feel this is something you may be considering and would like to consider our school, please feel free to give the school office a call for a chat. If you do decide to change schools, you will still need to complete an application. For more information, please visit:


Transition to Junior School:

At age 7 children would leave us and move on to junior school. We work very closely with Riddings Junior School and liaison between the two schools is very good.


Children will have opportunities to spend time at their new school to meet the staff and get used to the new surroundings. Children and parents will be invited to meet the Head Teacher, and the Staff, to ask questions and become familiar with the routines usually around June/July.


For more information on applying for a Junior School place please visit: