Transfer to secondary school

Decisions on secondary school places were  available on your account on 1 March 2022.

If you applied online, log into your account at to see the decision. An email with the decision and more information was also sent on that day.

If you completed an application form, the decision by letter was sent by second-class post on 1 March 2022.

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

Your preferred school will contact you with further information.

Some schools may need you to complete an acceptance form. They will send you this form with their welcome pack.

The first day of the autumn term is Tuesday 6 September 2022. Your child should attend on that day unless the school tells you otherwise

Please email and tell us if you no longer need the place.

If your child is refused a place

If your child is refused a place at any school, we will keep your child’s name on a waiting list until the end of December 2022.

You have the right of appeal if your child is refused a place. Find out more about your right of appeal.

If you submitted your application before the closing date, we will ensure that your appeal is heard by the end of the summer term. If you submitted a late application, we will try to hear your appeal with the one-time appeals for that school.

We are conducting all appeals by video conference (MS Teams), telephone or based on written submissions.

Not all appeals are successful. There were only 57 successful appeals out of 225 for the last secondary transfer round in Norfolk.

If you have not been offered a place at your preferred school, we have offered an alternative. This will be the nearest school to your home address with an available place.

Appeal arrangements for academies

If your child has been refused a place at an academy in Norfolk, you must appeal directly to the headteacher of that school.

You need to tell the headteacher that you are going to appeal. You must do this before Tuesday 15 March 2022.

The school will give you an appeal form so that you can give your reasons for requesting a place. They will also give you further information on the appeals process.

You must return your appeal to the headteacher by Monday 28 March 2022.

For an appeal for a place at Aylsham High School, please email your intention to by Tuesday 15 March 2022.

Appeals for schools outside of Norfolk

If you applied to a school outside of Norfolk and were refused, you should contact the local authority where the school is located if you want to appeal. You should also check the dates for lodging your appeal with that local authority.

Late applications

If you would like to submit a late application, download our application form. Or contact us and ask us to send you one.

We give higher priority to applications that were submitted before the closing date.

The admissions process in Norfolk

For full information and frequently asked questions, read a parents’ guide to admissions to schools in Norfolk 2021-22 (pdf).

See also our detailed guide to secondary schools in Norfolk 2021-22 (pdf).

Contact us if you have any questions.

Secondary school admissions timetable 2022/23

  • Round opened - 10 September 2021
  • Round closed - 31 October 2021
  • National Offer Day - school place decisions are made available - 1 March 2022
  • Appeals closing date - 15 March 2022
  • Late application closing date - 22 March 2022
  • Mini admission round to consider changes - 1 April 2022

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