“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Romans 15: 1-13

Please see our Admissions Policies here https://derbycathedralschool.org.uk/information/administration/statutory-information-and-policies

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

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

For admissions to our Sixth Form, please click here


Step #1

All our admissions are handled by Derby City Council. You can apply:

  • Online by clicking here


  • By telephone - 01332 642727


Step #2

In order for your application to be fully and correctly considered against our admission criteria, you must ALSO complete and return a Supplementary Admission Form.

Supplementary Form

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If you have difficulty filling out the form online, we do have printed copies available to collect from Reception. 


Step #3: When Derby City Council offer you a place to start at Derby Cathedral School

Congratulations! We look forward to welcoming your child. To help us plan the leaning, teaching and pastoral experience at the school please complete our Student Admission Form available here.

You will require the username and password that has been emailed to you.  If you have not recieved your username/password or cannot locate it, please email info@derbycathedralschool.org.uk



Welcome to Derby Cathedral School - New Starters Guides

Here are our information guides for all new students. These contain key, useful information for both students and parents/carers. They are designed to help you feel welcome and become familiar with our school community.

Welcome to Derby Cathedral School - New Starters Guides

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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



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.