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Transfer to secondary school

Decisions on secondary school places will be released on 2 March 2020. If you applied online, your admissions account which you created will be updated. We aim to do this by 9am on 2 March 2020. An email will also be sent giving the decision on your application and further information.

If you completed an application form a letter will be sent to you by second-class post on 2 March 2020.

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 then be contacted directly by the school with further information.

Some schools will require 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 2020 is Monday 7 September 2020 and 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 2020.

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 – 2020/21’ which was made available during the autumn term 2019. Please refer to page 32 of this booklet. If a preference has been refused and you wish to take further action you will need to refer to the details below.

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

Appeal arrangements for academies

If your child has been refused a place at an Academy in Norfolk your appeal must be made direct to the headteacher of that school. You need to state your intention to appeal to the headteacher by Friday 20 March 2020.

The school will provide you with an appeal form so that you can give your particular reasons for requesting a place at the preferred school. Further information on the appeals process will also be provided at that time. Your appeal form and any additional information to support your appeal must be lodged with the headteacher by Monday 30 March 2020.

Any appeal lodged for an on-time application must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals (30 March 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.

Additional information on the appeals process is provided on our School admissions appeals page

Appeals for 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.

Additional information

Information on home to school transport and the arrangements for free school meals is available in the Secondary school guidance notes 2020 (pdf). 

Late applications

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

Download application form (pdf)

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.

The admissions process in Norfolk

Full information and frequently asked questions can be found in A parents’ guide to admissions to schools in Norfolk 2020-21 (pdf).

See also our detailed guide to Secondary schools in Norfolk 2020-21 (pdf).

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

Secondary school admissions timetable 2020/21

  • Round opens - 11 September 2019
  • Round closes - 31 October 2019
  • National Offer day - school place decisions are made available - 2 March 2020
  • Appeals closing date - 20 March 2020
  • Late application closing date - 20 March 2020
  • Mini admission round to consider changes - 3 April 2020
  • Late appeals closing date - 17 April 2020
  • Appeals hearings - May/June 2020
  • Waiting lists maintained until 31 December 2020

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