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Transfer to secondary school

When are school places announced?

  • If you applied online, decisions were announced on Friday 1 March 2019.  Login to your account at our schools admissions website  
  • If you completed a paper application, we will have sent you a letter on Friday 1 March 2019 by second class post

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

The Headteacher of the school will be informed that your child has a place.  You will be contacted directly by the school with further information.  Some schools will ask you to complete an acceptance form and this will be sent with the welcome pack from the Headteacher. For other schools there is no need to confirm acceptance of the place offered.  The first day of the autumn term 2019 is Wednesday 4 September.  Your child should attend on that day unless you are informed otherwise.

Please let us know if you no longer require the place offered admissions@norfolk.gov.uk 

If your child has been refused a preference

If a preference has been refused at any school, your child’s name will be maintained on a waiting list for that school until the end of December 2019. 

Parents refused a place at their preferred school(s) also have the right of appeal. Details of your right of appeal were included in the booklet ‘A parents’ guide to admissions to schools in Norfolk – 2019/20’ (pdf) which was made available during the autumn term 2018. Please refer to page 33-34 of the booklet. 

If we have been unable to accommodate any of your preferences an alternative school has been offered.

Please let us know if you do not accept this offer admissions@norfolk.gov.uk

Appeal arrangements for academies

The appeals deadline was Friday 29 March 2019.

Any appeal lodged for an on-time application must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline. If you missed the 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.

Schools 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 date for lodging your appeal with that local authority, as this can be different to Norfolk.

Home to school transport

We must provide free transport for children who attend their nearest or nearest catchment school, if they live more than the qualifying distance from the school, measured by the shortest available walking route.  The qualifying distance is over 3 miles for all children aged 8 years and over.

Information about the allocation of school places has been passed to our transport department who will contact families who would, in line with transport policy, be eligible for assistance with home to school transport. Parents will be contacted before the end of April.

Some children in Norfolk will also qualify for free travel based on certain criteria.  Find out if you qualify.  If you think you qualify for transport under low income grounds, medical reasons or you wish to make a discretionary application you can apply after 1 May 2019.

Free school meals

If your child receives free school meals at their current school, your child’s entitlement will automatically be transferred to the new school from September.

Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, certain benefits.  Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.

Schools receive additional resources to support teaching and learning based on the number of children who are entitled to free school meals. If you are entitled, but your child does not take a free meal at school, it is still worth applying as this will support your child’s education.

Missed the application deadline? 

If you have missed the admissions round deadline, you need to download and return an admissions application form (pdf) as soon as possible.  Or you can email admissions@norfolk.gov.uk and provide the following information:

  • Child's name
  • Child's date of birth
  • Child's home address
  • Current school
  • Up to three schools, in order of preference  
  • Parent's name
  • Parent's contact details

Secondary school admissions timetable 2019/20

  • Round opened - 11 September 2018
  • Round closed - 31 October 2018
  • Late applications closed - 13 November 2018
  • National Offer day - school place decisions are made available - 1 March 2019
  • Appeals closing date - 20 March 2019
  • Late application closing date - 20 March 2019
  • Mini admission round to consider changes - 3 April 2019
  • Appeals hearings - May/June 2019
  • Waiting lists maintained until 31 December 2019

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