Starting a new school is such an exciting time, whether this be starting Nursery, Reception or moving into Year Three (Juniors).

All admission procedures are managed by Local Authorities. This means that schools do not play a role in the admissions process. If your child lives in Derby City and is due to start Reception in September 2023 or they are currently in Year 2 at an Infant School and will be transferring to Junior School in September 2023, you will need to apply for a school place through Derby City Council School Admissions. Information on application deadline dates, including the National Offer Day, can be found here.

The admissions process for children with a Statement of Special Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan is different. More information can be found here.

Nursery Admissions

All children aged three and four are eligible for up to 15 hours of funded childcare the term after they turn three years old. For further information and to apply, please click here. Some working parents and carers of 3-4 year olds may be eligible for an additional 15 hours funded childcare on top of the existing 15 hours early education entitlement. To check if you qualify, visit the Childcare Choices website.

Some parent and carers maybe eligible for funded childcare for two year olds  if they:

  • meet an economic criterion
  • have special guardianship
  • or the child looked after by the Derby City Local Authority
  • or the child receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • or the child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

For further information can be found here.

At St Chads CofE School, we offer 15 and 30 hours per week places. Our morning sessions run from 9am-12pm and our afternoon sessions run from 12:15pm-3:15pm. We try to offer all children a minimum of three terms in Nursery. To apply for a nursery place please contact our main school office on 01332 345997 or email 

A copy of our School Admissions policy and Nursery Admissions Policy can be found here.