Admission to reception classes

Reception class offers for the 2023-24 school year are now available.

  • If you applied online, you will be able to see the offer in your admissions account online. We will also send you the offer by email on 17 April 2023.
  • If you completed a paper application form, we have sent your school offer by post. We sent offer letters by second-class post on 17 April 2023.

When you get your school offer

We will tell the headteacher of the school that your child has a place. The school will contact you with further information.

The first day of autumn term 2023 is Wednesday 6 September. Your child should go to school on that day unless the school tells you otherwise.

If you have not been offered a place at one of your preferred schools

If we were unable to offer your child a place at one of your preferred schools, we have offered a place at an alternative school. This will be at the nearest school to your home address with an available place.

Waiting lists

If we haven’t offered your child a place at one of your preferred schools, we will add their name to a waiting list for that school in case a place becomes available. We will keep their name on the waiting list until 31 December 2023.

Appealing the decision

You have the right to appeal the decision if we have not offered your child a place at one of your preferred schools.

How to appeal the decision

Transport and free school meals

All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 automatically get free school meals.

You do not have to apply to get these meals. However, if you get one of the qualifying benefits you should still apply – it can help raise extra funds for your child's school.

Find out more about free school meals.

You might be able to get free home to school transport for your child.

Find out more about school transport.

Late applications

If your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019, they are due to start school in the 2023-24 school year.

If you haven’t applied, you can make a late application by completing a paper application form. Request a paper application form using our general enquiry form.

You must apply for a reception class place even if your child currently goes to a nursery class at a school. Going to a nursery attached to a school does not increase your chances of getting a reception class place at that school.

When children start school

Most children start school full-time in the September after their fourth birthday.

If you want your child to start later or part-time, you need to:

  • Apply for a reception class place at the same time as everyone else, and
  • Talk to the school about arranging for your child to start later or part-time

Children must start full-time education from the school term after their fifth birthday.

Find out more about when your child starts school.

The admissions process in Norfolk

You can find full information and answers to frequently asked questions in the parent’s guide to admissions in Norfolk.

Contact the admissions team

If you need to contact us, you can use the general enquiry form.

Reception class admissions timetable

Important dates for reception class applications for the 2023-24 school year:

  • Applications open – 26 September 2022
  • Applications close – 15 January 2023
  • National offer day (when you get your school offer) – 17 April 2023
  • Appeals closing date –16 May 2023
  • Mini admission round starts (when we consider changes parents have made to their applications since the closing date) – 20 May 2023
  • Appeals hearings take place – June/July 2023
  • We maintain waiting lists for oversubscribed schools until 31 December 2023