Cotmanhay Infant and Nursery School

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School Admissions


Compulsory Age Admissions


Admissions to school into Reception, Year 1 and Year 2:


If you would like your child to come to Cotmanhay Nursery and Infant School, please apply centrally by contacting Derbyshire County Council, we cannot process applications through school.


You can apply for a school place online (please list us as your first choice):

By telephoning: 01629 537499

Or by emailing:


Any parent who is refused a place has the right of appeal to Derbyshire Local Authority.


You are very welcome to come and have a look around our school and Nursery. Please call the school office on 0115 930 2064 and we can arrange a visit.


Prior to starting Reception parents/carers will be invited to attend a short induction meeting so we can share information about our school and for you to ask any questions.


Nursery Admissions


Our Bears Nursery offers 52 morning places and 52 afternoon places, five days a week for 3 and 4 year olds. Currently, we do not offer full time places.

Children will be offered a nursery place the term after their third birthday (September, January and April).


In the event of oversubscription, the following criteria will be applied, in priority order, to determine which applications are granted places:

  1. ‘Looked-After’ children in Public Care (i.e. foster children).
  2. Children living in the normal area served by the school at the time of application and admission. (Please see the Derbyshire County Council website for a definition of this area)
  3. Other children whose parents have requested a place.


Prior to starting nursery parents/carers will be invited to attend a short meeting to enable us to share with you more information about our Nursery and for you to ask any questions. There will also be opportunities for ‘Stay and Play’ where you and your child will be invited to spend time in Nursery.


Our Cubs Nursery offers 16 morning places and 16 afternoon places for 2 year olds eligible for government funding.

To find out if your child would be eligible please look at the leaflet below.


To apply for either our Cubs or Bears Nursery please visit our school office. Application forms are available from our school office and are also below.