Admission to reception classes

Decisions on primary and infant school places will be available on your admissions account from 8.30am on 19 April 2022.

If you applied online, log into your account online at www.admissionsonline.norfolk.gov.uk to see the decision. You will also receive an email during the day giving the decision on your application and further information.

If you completed an application form, you will be sent the decision letter. Letters are sent by second-class post on 19 April 2022.

If your child has been offered a place at one of your preferred schools

The headteacher of the school will contact you with further information.

Children are entitled to a full-time place from September, but parents can ask to defer their child’s entry into school until later in the school year, or request part time attendance. This is on the condition that they are in full time education by the term after the fifth birthday and that admission takes place within the 2022/23 school year. Please contact the school if you wish to defer your child’s admission or to discuss part time arrangements.

The first day of the autumn term 2022 is Tuesday 6 September 2022. Your child should attend on that day unless the school tells you otherwise.

If the school is unable to contact you about the school place, or you do not respond to any correspondence from the school, the place offered could be withdrawn.

Please email admissions@norfolk.gov.uk and tell us if you no longer need the place.

If your child has been refused a preference

If your child is refused a place at any school, we will keep your child’s name on a waiting list for that school until the end of December 2022. If we have been unable to accommodate any of your preferences an alternative school has been offered.

You have the right of appeal if your child is refused a place. Find out more about your right of appeal at school admission appeals in Norfolk - Norfolk County Council.

If you wish to appeal you need to state your intention in writing to us (or by emailing admissions@norfolk.gov.uk) telling us which school(s) you are appealing for. You need to state your intention to appeal to us by Friday 29 April 2022.

On receipt of your request, for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools, the County Council will send an appeal form to complete and return. If your child has been refused a place at an academy, free school, voluntary aided or foundation school, the appeal request will be forwarded to the headteacher of the school who will send the appeal form to you. Either way your completed appeal form must be returned to the Admissions Authority by Friday 13 May 2022.

Further information on the appeals process will also be provided on receipt of your written request. Appeals will be heard by the end of the summer term (21 July 2022).

All appeals are being conducted by video conference (MS Teams), telephone or on the basis or written submissions.

If you miss the closing date, we will try to hear your appeal with the on-time appeals for that school, or as soon as possible.

Important to note

Please be aware that the right of appeal for a place in an infant class (Reception, Year 1 or Year 2) with 30 pupils is more limited than any other appeal. These class sizes are restricted by law to 30 children with a single teacher. Further information about the right of appeal is included in the booklet ‘A Parents’ Guide to admissions to schools in Norfolk – 2022/23’ that was made available to you during autumn 2021 on the Norfolk County Council website (www.norfolk.gov.uk /admissions). Additional information regarding infant class size appeals will be provided to you if it applies to your appeal. Parents should be aware that not all appeals are successful. There has been one successful Infant Class Size appeals in Norfolk in the past 4 years.

Appealing for a place at schools outside of Norfolk

If you applied to a school outside of Norfolk and have been refused admission, you should contact the local authority where the school is located if you would like to appeal. You should check the closing date with that authority as this can be different.

Late applications

If you need to make a late application download an application form or use our online contact form to ask us to send you one.

We give higher priority to applications that were submitted before the closing date.

Home to school transport

We must provide free transport for children attending their nearest or nearest catchment school and living more than the qualifying distance from the school measured by the shortest available walking route. The qualifying distance is over 2 miles for children aged under 8 years. Full details and how to apply are provided in our Home to school transport section.

Free school meals

All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state funded schools in England are eligible for free school meals. This applies to academies and free schools.

Schools receive additional resources to support teaching and learning based on the number of children who are entitled to free school meals. Information on how to qualify for free school meals is available at: www.norfolk.gov.uk/education-and-learning/schools/school-meals-and-milk. If you receive a qualifying benefit it is important that you register your entitlement to free school meals so that your child’s school receives the additional funding (pupil premium) to support your child’s education.

Information on admissions and schools in Norfolk

Download guidance on deferring your child’s reception place until the following year

Immunisation for children starting school

At school, your child will be mixing with large numbers of other children, which increases the risk of germs and diseases spreading. Before your child begins school, it is really important that they are up to date with their vaccinations so that they are protected from diseases which could make them seriously unwell.

Measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) are highly infectious and can have serious, potentially fatal, complications including meningitis, swelling of the brain (encephalitis), and deafness. The MMR vaccination protects against measles, mumps and rubella and to be fully protected each child needs to have two doses. Before your child begins school please make sure that they have had all their vaccinations. If you are not sure if your child has had all their vaccinations, check their personal health record (Red Book) or contact your GP surgery. For more information please visit the NHS website or to discuss this or any other health concerns with a Health Visitor, please call Just One Norfolk on 0300 300 0123.

Just One Norfolk

Starting school is a big milestone for children. They are probably ready for this next step and will enjoy the learning and experiences being at school will offer. It is a proud and exciting time seeing your child become more independent, but it can bring mixed feelings too. Most children make the move to Reception class smoothly and enjoy the beginning of their school days. You may feel worried if:

They have struggled to be away from you before.

You worry they are still dependent on you and will not manage on their own.

There is lots of information available on helping you to prepare your child for school on the Just One Norfolk website.

First admission to school timetable 2022-23

  • Round opened - 27 September 2021
  • Round closed - 15 January 2022
  • National Offer Day when school place decisions are made available - 19 April 2022
  • Appeals closing date - 13 May 2022
  • Mini admission round to consider changes - 20 May 2022
  • Appeals hearings - June/July 2022
  • Waiting lists maintained until 31 December 2022

Contact us

If you have further questions about admissions please use our contact form to get in touch.

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