“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.”

Proverbs 9:10-12

How do I apply for a place for my child at Derby Cathedral School?

Derby Cathedral School is part of the Local Authority’s co-ordinated admissions. Therefore, our admissions, both In-Year and Secondary Transfer, i.e. Year 6 into Year 7, are handled by Derby City Council. If you would like to make an application, please follow the steps below.

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online Click here for the Synergy Parent Portal Website You can also apply by telephone on 01332 642727. Alternatively, you can download a paper application form and return it to Derby City Council or request a paper application form to be sent to you using the same telephone number.

Common Application Form

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The deadline to apply for a place in Year 7 each September is October 31st in the previous year. Parents/carers Year 6 students will be notified of their child’s place in secondary school on March 1st, known as National Offer Day.

More detailed information about admissions is found under 'Admissions Arrangements' and you can also download our policies for each academic year. If you would like to contact the school, please don't hesitate to do so via telephone 01332 325710 or email info@derbycathedralschool.org.uk 

Admission Policies

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*In order for your application to be fully and correctly considered against our criteria, you must also complete and return a Supplementary Information Form.

Supplementary Form

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In-Year Admissions

If your child is currently in Years 7 to 11 and you wish to apply to move them to a different secondary school, please download the In-Year Common Application Form and the supplementary Information Form - see links below.

In-Year Common Application Form

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Supplementary Form

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Have you been offered a place at Derby Cathedral School?

Once your child has been officially offered a place at Derby Cathedral School by Derby City Council you will need to complete our admission form below as soon as possible. Click on the Student Admission Form below to access it.

Student Admission Form

Please also take the time to read through our information guide for all new students. This contains key, useful information for both students and parents/carers. It is designed to help you feel welcome and familiar with our school community.

Welcome to Derby Cathedral School - New Starters Guide

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Consultation on Derby Cathedral School Admission Arrangements for September 2023


Following the publication of the new School Admissions Code 2021 , the governing body of Derby Cathedral School are currently consulting on the school admissions policy for September 2023. The admissions policy has been adapted to ensure we are fully compliant with the new School Admissions Code (2021) and there have been no changes to the school’s oversubscription criteria.

The consultation period is ongoing and will run until 7th January 2022. During this time, individuals and organisations are invited to express their views and any concerns about the proposed admissions policy for Derby Cathedral School. 


The proposed Admissions Policy for the 2023/24 academic year is available to download here:

Draft Admissions Policy 2023/24

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If you require a hard copy, please contact the school office on 01332 325710.


In accordance with statutory DfE guidance, the consultation will run for at least six weeks and, as an interested party at Derby Cathedral School, we are keen to hear your views; therefore, we invite you to participate in the consultation if you have any concerns regarding the matter. 

All responses to the consultation should be made in writing and submitted before 12 noon on Friday 7th January 2022 to: Admissionsconsultation@ddat.org.uk.


If you wish to submit any correspondence by hand or by post to the school, please mark the correspondence:
FAO DDAT Consultation Team,
C/O Derby Cathedral School,
Great Northern Road,
DE1 1LR. 


Please note that all responses need to include your school’s name and should outline your personal details, including your name, address and relationship to the school.

At the end of the consultation period, the governing body will meet to consider responses. The outcome of the consultation will be published on the Derby Cathedral School website as soon as possible following a decision being reached by the Local Governing Body. Hard copies of the final report will be made available on request to all respondents of the consultation. 

If you wish to further discuss this matter, or anything mentioned in this letter, please contact: Admissionsconsultation@ddat.org.uk.



All applicants refused a place have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code. The independent panel will review your application and make a final, legally binding, decision on the matter. For further information and details on how to appeal, please contact the school on 01332 325710 or email info@derbycathedralschool.org.uk

The below linked letter gives all the details you may need in order to lodge an appeal: 

DCS Appeal Information Letter

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The timelines for appeals are set by the Department for Education and all details can be found here https://www.gov.uk/schools-admissions/appealing-a-schools-decision In summary, 

--The admission authority (DDAT) for the school must allow you at least 20 school days to appeal from when they send the decision letter. The decision letter for Derby Cathedral School is sent by Derby City Council

--The admission authority will set a deadline for submitting information and evidence to support your appeal. If you submit anything after the deadline, it might not be considered and may result in delays to your hearing.

--Coram Children’s Legal Centre may be able to give you advice about appeals.

--The admission authority must give you at least 10 school days’ notice of the hearing.

--Appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for making an appeal.