Transfer to secondary school

The transfer to secondary school application process opens on 9 September 2022 and closes on 31 October 2022.

If your child is in their last year at a primary or junior school, you must apply for a place in Year 7 at a secondary school.

Apply online

If you apply online, decisions will be made available during the day on 1 March 2023 via our School admissions website.

If you want an application form to be sent, you can request one via our general enquiry form.

If you complete a paper application form, we will send you a letter on 1 March 2023 by second class post telling you the decision.

Watch our YouTube video on making your admission application

Making your admission to secondary school application video transcript

00:00:02 Transfer to secondary school 2023 [Norfolk County Council logo]

00:00:03 Making your admission application, you can now make the application for your child's transfer to secondary school in September 2023.

00:00:12 Your application must be made by 31 October 2022.

00:00:20 If you live in Norfolk you should make an application to Norfolk County Council, even if a preferred school is situated outside of the county.
00:00:26 If you live outside of Norfolk, you must apply to your home local authority, but you can include preferences for Norfolk schools on that application.
00:00:36 It is very important to make your application by 31 October 2022, as any late applications will have a lower priority for school places.
00:00:46 If you do not make an application, your child will not be offered school place and we cannot reserve places for those who do not apply.

00:00:54 You are entitled to state up to three preferences, but to help you make your decision you may wish to attend a school's open day or evening, specially arranged for those children due to transfer.

00:01:07 You can find out when these have been on the individual school's website where you can also read information on the school, or by contacting the school direct.

00:01:16 [Illustrative Image of NCC Schoolfinder site] We have provided information on each school on the admissions page of Norfolk County Council's website.

00:01:23 [Illustrative image of School Catchment website] It is important for you to understand how places are offered and to understand the likelihood of your child being offered a place at a school.

You can check the catchment school for your address on the council's website, but it is worth remembering that not all schools offer places based on the catchment.

00:01:41 Some schools offer limited places on specialist or faith grounds. If you are applying for a place on these grounds, you need to check with the school to see if you need to complete a supplementary information form or if your child needs to undertake tests or auditions.

00:01:57 You must ensure that any information required is made available to the school before 31 October 2022.

00:02:05 If your child holds an education, health and care plan, the EHCP co-ordinator will review the plan to recognize your child is moving to secondary school.

00:02:15 You should complete any paperwork sent to you by the SEND team rather than make an application to the admissions team.



00:02:22 [Image of cars travelling] You also need to consider how your child will get to and from school.

00:02:26 [scrolling image of NCC transport website] So have a look at the home to school transport section on Norfolk County Council's website.

00:02:32 When you are ready to make your application, this can be completed online at

00:02:42 You will need to create an account if you have not used the system before. You can, if you prefer, complete an application form and this can be downloaded from the admissions page on the council's website or one can be sent to you by calling 0344 800 8020.

00:03:01 Either way, you must make certain that your application is received by us by 31 October 2022.

00:03:09 Remember, late applications have a lower priority for school places. If no application is made, your child will not be offered a school place and we cannot reserve places for those who do not apply.

00:03:21 The easiest and safest way to apply is online. If you wish to change your application once it has been submitted, you will need to email us at to make the change, but remember to include your child's name and date of birth in the email.
00:03:39 Decisions on the applications for transfer to Secondary School 2023 will be made on the 1st of March 2023. [Image of woman using computer] If you apply online, your admissions account will be updated to show the outcome, and an email will also be sent to confirm the decision and provide further information.

00:03:58 If you complete a paper application, a letter will be sent to you by second class post on 1st March 2023. If you need any further information, please contact us on 0344 800 8020.

00:04:15 [Norfolk County Council logo]

The admissions process in Norfolk

Full information and frequently asked questions can be found in Parent's guide 2023/24 (pdf).

Information on each secondary school in Norfolk can be found via Schoolfinder.

If you have an enquiry contact us via our online general enquiry form.

Secondary school admissions timetable 2023/24:

  • Round opens - 9 September 2022
  • Round closes - 31 October 2022
  • National Offer day - school place decisions are made available - 1 March 2023
  • Appeals closing date - 22 March 2023
  • Mini admission round to consider changes - 3 April 2023
  • Late appeals closing date - 19 April 2023
  • Appeals hearings - May/June 2023
  • Waiting lists maintained for over-subscribed schools until 31 December 2023

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