Highfields Spencer Academy Admission Arrangements for 2021

Parents have a legal right to express a preference for which school they want their child to attend. This is not the same as being able to choose, but means that if a parent expresses a preference for a particular school and there are places available, then a place should be offered a place at the school.  However, in law there is no automatic right to place a child in any particular school and it may not be possible to offer a place at the preferred school.

For all pupils starting in September 2021 Derbyshire Local Authority will be in charge of our admissions process for Highfields.

  • Please see  here for the admissions policy for 2021-2022.


Child starting school for the first time in 2021

If your child was born between 01 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, they will be eligible to start school in September 2021.

You must apply for a Primary School place between beginning of November 2020 and mid January 2021 (the exact dates will be on the local authority website). Please visit the Derbyshire County Council’s website, using the link below, for more information and to make an application.


Highfields Spencer Academy Admission Arrangements for 2021

Please apply for a place via the Local Authority, online at or call 01629 533190.

Highfields Spencer Academy admit children at 4+ in one single entry point in September. Children who are 4 on or before 31st August will be eligible for admission on the first day of term in September. Children whose birthday falls on or after 1st September will not be eligible for admission until the following September.


Admission number(s)

The school has a PAN (Published Admission Number) of 30.


Oversubscription criteria

When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

  1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order.
  2. Priority will next be given to children living in the normal area served by the school at the time of application and admission who have brothers or sisters attending the school at the time of application and admission.
  3. Priority will next be given to children living within the normal area at the time of application and admission. A map of the school’s normal area is available on the schools website. Children living on the boundary line will be considered to be living within the normal area.
  4. Priority will next be given to siblings of pupils who will already be on the roll of the school at the time of the admission. For the purposes of this criterion, siblings shall include children brought up in the same household
  5. Other children



‘If in categories 2-5 above a tie-break is necessary to determine which child is admitted, the child living closest to the school will be given priority for admission. Distance is measured from the child’s home to the front gates of the school in a straight line. Children from multiple births will both/all be admitted if they meet this criteria.


Late applications

All applications received by the school after the deadline will be considered to be late applications. Late applications will be considered after those received on time. If, following consideration of all applicants the school is oversubscribed, parents may request that their child is placed on the school’s waiting list.


Deferred entry for infants

Parents offered a place in reception for their child have a right to defer the date their child is admitted, or to take the place up part-time, until the child reaches compulsory school age. Places cannot be deferred beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year for which the offer was made.

Children reach compulsory school age on the prescribed day following their 5th birthday (or on their fifth birthday if it falls on a prescribed day). The prescribed days are 31 August, 31 December and 31 March.]


Admission of children outside their normal age group

Parents may request that their child is admitted outside their normal age group. To do so parents should include a request with their application, specifying why admission out of normal year group is being requested and the year group in which they wish their child to be allocated a place.

When such a request is made, the academy trust will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case and in the best interests of the child concerned, taking into account the views of the headteacher and any supporting evidence provided by the parent.


Waiting lists

The Local Authority will operate a waiting list for the year of intake until 31st December of the intake year.

Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. The waiting list will be reordered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria whenever anyone is added to or leaves the waiting list.



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.

Information on how to lodge an appeal can be found here.