Moving schools (in-year transfer)
A move to a different school at any time other than admission to reception, transfer to junior or transfer to secondary is known as an ‘in-year transfer’. This could be a move between Norfolk schools or a move to a Norfolk school from a school in a different area.
You can only make one application for a school place in a school year unless there is a material change of circumstances such as a significant house move and you are no longer able to get your child to their previous school.
If you want to transfer to a school that is not in Norfolk you will need to contact your new local authority to ask about their admissions process. Find your new local authority using the Government’s postcode finder.
Under no circumstances should you withdraw your child from their current school before an alternative school place has been allocated.
Concerns over your child’s current school
If you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s schooling you should raise the issue with the class teacher (primary school) or head of year/member of the pastoral care team (secondary school).
If the matter remains unresolved, you should then approach the headteacher who may wish to discuss your reasons for requesting a transfer of school and be given the opportunity to put matters right.
Read the In-Year Admissions Guidance before you begin your application.
Please note that all applications will be dealt with as quickly as possible but can take up to 15 school days.
When to apply
Children will usually start their new school at the start of the next term. The timetable below shows the date ranges for applications for each term.
If the family has moved a significant distance and travel to their current school is unreasonable, the below timetable does not apply – the Admissions Team will process the application as soon as it is received.
Timetable for in-year transfers
|Application received||Start at new school|
|5 July – 31 October||Spring term (after Christmas)|
|1 November - 28/29 February||Summer term (after Easter)|
|1 March - 31 May*||Autumn term (start of new school year)|
*Decisions regarding preference(s) will be sent out before the end of the summer term.
Timetable for late applications for Autumn term
|Application received||Date processed||Start at new school|
|1 June – 4 July||After 4 July**||Autumn term|
|5 July – 31 October||After 31 October||Spring term|
**Late applications will be considered after all on-time applications. Where possible we will send out decisions before the beginning of the new school year.
The schools below do not take part in the in year coordination scheme and therefore you should contact the school direct to apply for a place:
- St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School
- Martham Primary and Nursery School Trust (Academy)
- The Free School Norwich
- St Augustine's RC VA Primary School
- St Martha's RC VA Primary School
- St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary School