Ripley Infant School

Growing and Learning Together


Applying for a place at our school

We welcome visits from parents and children at any time of the year.  Please ring or call to make an appointment for a visit to the school, when we will be very pleased to show you around and answer any questions. We also hold an Open Evening in November to coincide with the admissions window opening.

The school is part of a co-ordinated scheme for admissions in Derbyshire. Admissions are dealt with by the Local Authority. (Telephone: 01629 537474)


 The coordinated scheme covers pupils starting school in Reception Class and for in-year admissions.  A copy of the scheme and the admissions criteria is available in the Derbyshire County Council’s “How to apply for a place at Primary School” publication.  The criteria states:  

Community and voluntary controlled schools

Individual pupils who have a Statement of Special Education Needs which can best be met in the school will be given priority where so determined by the county council in consultation with the governing body.

In deciding on admissions to all community and voluntary controlled schools in Derbyshire, the following order of priority will be adopted.    

  1. ‘Looked after’ children
  2. Children living in the normal area served by the school at the time of application and admission (including those living in another council’s area).  For a definition of living in the normal area see note on page 12 in the “How to apply for a place at Primary School” publication or online at
  3. Children not living in the normal area served by the school but who have brothers or sisters attending the school at the time of their admission.
  4. Other children whose parents have requested a place.

Where in the case of 3,or 4 above, choices have to be made between children satisfying the same criteria, those children living nearest to the school (measured by the nearest available route) will be given preference.

Our current Pupil Admission Number is 60.  The statutory KS1 class size limit is 30.

Derbyshire works on a “one point entry” system. Therefore children begin school in September. However if you feel your child is not ready for full time education then please come and discuss this with our Headteacher. We have a variety of options which you can do. We encourage parents to share any concerns or worries about their child and we tailor our school to your child’s individual requirements.

Our Admissions Policy can be found here

Whilst starting a new school can be an exciting experience it can also be a concerning time. To see our Transition & Induction Policy, developed in collaboration with Ripley Junior School, which explains how we support children through induction and transition click here.