Worstead CE VA Primary School Admissions Policy
If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.
Worstead C of E Primary School uses Norfolk LA policy for the admission of pupils to primary schools as a guide. Prospective parents and carers are welcome to visit the school – please contact our school to make an appointment on 01692 536309. During the coronavirus pandemic these will be arranged for non-school hours, but it is preferred if the prospective child is also able to visit.
Admissions to the school are managed by the Admissions team at County Hall. The application is an online process:
The telephone number is 0844 800 8001.
Children born between 1st September and 31st August may start school full time in our Reception class at the beginning of the Autumn Term before their fifth birthday. This is in accordance with the Norfolk County Council Admissions policy. Please note we have a full-time Reception class, and do not offer flexi or part-time schooling, although other schools may accommodate this.
Pre-school children will be invited to visit and spend time in the Early Years’ classroom at least three times during the Summer term before they are due to start school, culminating in staying for a full morning and lunchtime.
A meeting for parents and staff is arranged towards the end of the Summer Term at which relevant information about the school will be given.
Liaison with the pre-school provider(s) will be made before admissions take place and records will be requested to be transferred to the school. Pre-school settings who maintain a Tapestry record can transfer this to our system.
In the event of our school or certain year groups being oversubscribed, admissions criteria are applied by the LA on our behalf. Further details on Norfolk’s Admission Arrangements can be found below and are on the Norfolk Schools website.
Norfolk County Council Admission Policy
If there are more applications for places than there are places available, we will give preference to children living nearest to the school, according to the following rules in this order of priority:
Children who are due to start school and:
1. have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) naming that school
2. are in public care or have been adopted
3. live in the catchment area and who have a sibling attending the school at the time of their admission
4. live in the catchment area who have a brother or sister attending the feeder junior school
5. have a disability and live in the catchment area (Appropriate professional evidence will be required to confirm the disability)
6. live in the catchment area
7. have been allocated a permanent place at a Specialist Resource Base attached to the school. (Places allocated by Norfolk County Council's Placement panel)
8. live outside the catchment area who have a brother or sister with a statement of special educational needs attending the school at the time of their admission
9. live outside the catchment area who have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of their admission
10. live outside the catchment area who have a brother or sister attending the feeder junior school
11. have a disability and live outside the area served by the school (Appropriate professional evidence will be required to confirm the disability)
12. children of staff a) where a member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made and/or b) the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for there is a demonstrable skill shortage
13. live outside the catchment area
If all children within any of the above rules cannot be offered a place, the highest priority will be given to children living nearest to the school within that rule. To determine who lives nearest, distance will be measured on a straight line 'crow fly' basis, using Ordnance Survey data. The address will be measured from the post office address point on the property. In the unlikely event that distance does not separate the final two or more pupils seeking the last remaining place, a random allocation will be used to determine who is offered the final place. NOTE: Criteria 7 only applies to schools which have a Specialist Resource Base on site. Feeder school priority will only apply in the first year of entry to the school.