As a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School we follow the Norfolk County Council policy for first admission to school. By law children must start full time statutory education at the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday. Where admission is offered prior to compulsory school age, parents may defer their child’s entry into school until later in that academic year.
For Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools, children born between 1st September and the end of February may start school full time at the beginning of the Autumn term (September) before their fifth birthday.
Children born between the 1st March and 31st August may start school part time at the beginning of the Autumn term before their fifth birthday and full time at the beginning of the following January.
The Norfolk County Council admission criteria in the event of over-subscription in County and Controlled, First, Infant, Middle, Junior and Primary Schools is as follows:-
In the event of over-subscription, preference will be given to children living nearest to the school according to the following criteria, in order of priority.
- Children with a statement of Special educational Needs naming that school.
- Children who live within the designated area and have a brother or sister (sibling) attending the school at the time of their admission.
- Children who live within the designated area and have no siblings attending the school at the time of their admission.
- Children who live outside the designated area and have a sibling attending the school at the time of their admission.
- Children living outside the designated area and have no siblings attending the school at the time of their admission.
We enjoy close links with the local Playgroup and offer structured play sessions for three-year olds every half term. All new children and parents and carers are invited to visit the school in the summer term, and children are also invited to attend ‘taster days’ without parents, before starting school.
At the end of Year 6 the 11-year-old pupils transfer to Litcham High School. The school enjoys excellent liaison with the High School and children have numerous opportunities to meet other children from the Litcham Cluster, ensuring a smooth transition from Primary to Secondary Education.
Playschool also share outdoor play with YR pupils on a weekly basis in the Summer term.