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Transfer to junior school

The Admissions team will be busy at this time and ask that, wherever possible, parents should not telephone us. Please email admissions@norfolk.gov.uk and, although we will not respond as quickly as we would like, you will be contacted as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

Transfer to junior school – September 2020 - how can i find out the decision on my application?

If you applied online, you can check your admissions account online at www.admissionsonline.norfolk.gov.uk. You will be able to view the decision on your account from 8.30am on 16 April 2020.

This will be followed up, as quickly as we can, with an email giving the decision on your application and further information.

If you completed an application form, letters are sent out by second-class post on 16 April 2020.

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

The headteacher of the school has been informed that your child has a place. You will be contacted directly by the school with further information.

The first day of the autumn term 2020 is Monday 7 September 2020 and your child should attend on that day unless you are informed otherwise.

There is no need to confirm acceptance of the place offered with this office but please notify us if you no longer require the place.

If your child has been refused a preference

If a preference has been refused at any school your child’s name will be kept on a waiting list for that school until the end of December 2020.

You also have the right of appeal against the decision of the admissions authority to refuse a place for your child. 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 by Friday 1 May 2020.

If your child has been refused a place at an academy or a free school your appeal request will then be forwarded to the headteacher of the school who will send you an appeal form and guidance.

For all other schools, we will send an appeal form for you to complete and return. Either way your completed appeal form must be returned to the admissions authority by Friday 15 May 2020.

Any appeal lodged for an on time application must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals (Friday15 May 2020).

If you miss the published closing date, we will try to hear your appeal with the on-time appeals for that school. If this is not possible, it will be heard at a later date.

Please note: We are anticipating delays to the appeals process due to the coronavirus outbreak. We may also have to cancel some arranged hearings at short notice or change the format of the hearings.

Additional information on the appeals process is provided on this page.

If we have been unable to accommodate any of your preferences an alternative school has been offered which represents the nearest school with a place available for your child. 

Appealing for a place at a school outside of Norfolk

If your child has been refused admission to a school outside Norfolk and you wish to appeal for a place you should contact the local authority where the school is located. You should check the closing date with that authority as this can be different.

Additional information

Information on home to school transport and the arrangements for free school meals is available in the transfer to junior additional guidance notes.

Late applications

If you have not yet made an application, please complete a paper application form.

If you want an application form to be sent to you, request one via our online form.

Late applications have a lower priority than applications that were submitted before the closing date.

Information on admissions to junior schools in Norfolk

Transfer to junior school timetable 2020-21

  • Parents can start applying online or complete an application form – 8 November 2019
  • The closing date for parents to make your application - 15 January 2020
  • National Offer day - school place decisions are made available - 16 April 2020
  • Closing date for parents to appeal against any refusal to admit to a preferred school - 1 May 2020
  • Mini admission round to consider changes - 21 May 2020
  • Appeals heard by the independent appeal panels - June/July 2020
  • Waiting lists maintained until 31 December 2020

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