Admission to reception classes for September 2018

The Reception class admission round opens on 28 September 2017 and closes on 15 January 2018.

The Reception classes admission round for September 2018 is for places in Reception classes for children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 (aged 4+ on 1 September 2018).

By law, children must start statutory education full-time at the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday. All parents of children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 must be offered a full time place from September 2018. Parents are entitled to defer their admission or request that their child attend on a part-time basis, however the child must start school on a full time basis during the academic year 2018/19 and no later than the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday.

If you are considering applying to defer your child's admission to Reception class to the following school year please read the guidance below:

How do I apply for a school not in Norfolk?

If you wish to apply for a place at a school run by another local authority, you must include this school as one of your three preferences on your application form and return it to us. We will then work with that local authority to check whether they can offer you a place. Our job is then to make sure that when a parent could potentially be offered more than one place, their highest preference is offered and other potential offers refused.

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Find your catchment school

If you have applied online, decisions will be made available on the afternoon of 18 April 2018 on the admissions website

If you have sent in a paper application, we will send you a letter on 18 April 2018 by second class post telling you at which school your child has been offered a place.

Full information about the admission process in Norfolk as well as frequently asked questions can be found in “A parent's guide to admissions to schools in Norfolk”.

Download our detailed guide to first admission schools in Norfolk.

If you have further questions about admissions contact us.