If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.  Hempnall Primary School follows the Norfolk Schools’ admission arrangements.  We cater for children from Reception to the end of Year 6.  Details of our school’s admission arrangements can also be found via the link below.

https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/education-and-learning/schools/school-admissions

Admissions Policy

Hempnall Primary School is maintained by the Local Authority and as a result follows the admission arrangements set out by Norfolk County Council.

Information on oversubscription rules

Unless specifically stated in individual school admission arrangements the following information and definitions apply to all maintained schools in Norfolk.

Distance

Distance will be measured on a straight line “crow-fly” basis using Ordnance Survey data. The measurement will be taken from the post office postcode address point on the child’s home to the post office postcode address point on the school.

Looked after children or children in public care

In oversubscription rules “children in public care” and “looked after children” are defined as looked after children and previously looked after children. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after and ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a Residence Order or Special Guardianship Order.

Siblings

When we use the oversubscription rules, “siblings” means: brothers or sisters living at the same address including adopted children, step-brothers, step-sisters and children in foster care within a family unit. Some admission authority schools may have a different definition. (See the individual school admission policy for details.)

Only siblings attending school at the time of your child’s proposed admission will be given a higher priority in the oversubscription rules.

Feeder schools

Where an admission authority prioritises children on the basis of attending a feeder school, those feeder schools will be listed as part of the admission arrangements. Feeder school priority will only apply in the first year of entry to the school and will not apply to in year school admissions.

Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP)/Statements of Special Educational Needs

Where a child’s EHCP or statement of Special Educational Needs names a specific school, the school must admit the child regardless of whether the school has a place available. The oversubscription rules for most schools include pupils with EHCPs or statements as the first priority to help parents understand that these pupils have the highest priority, legally. For those schools the remaining list of rules is used to prioritise applicants if the school is oversubscribed.

Disability

Disability will be defined using the definition contained in the Equality Act 2010.

Random Allocation

Where random allocation is used to determine the allocation of school places, applicants will have their names drawn by lots to see who should be offered the place(s). There will be an independent scrutiny of the random allocation process.

  When do children start school?

Children born between1 September 2016 – 31 August 2017 will be offered a full time place in a reception class from September 2021. Infant schools are for 4+ to 7 year olds and primary schools are for 4+ to 11 year olds.

Admission of children out of their normal age group

Any parent seeking a place for their child out of their chronological age group will need to apply online to the Admissions Team. The admission authority for the school must consider the circumstances of each case and make a decision in the best interests of the child. Where the application is accepted the child will be considered alongside all other applicants and in the rules below will be treated as “due to start school”. Where the application is refused the parent will be offered the right of appeal unless a place can be offered in another year group.

The School’s Minister has confirmed that a policy review in underway in relation to summer born children and any updates to the current position will appear on our website.

Admission arrangements can be subject to changes imposed by the Department of Education Schools Adjudicator. If any changes are made these will be highlighted on the School Admissions page of our website at https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/education-and-learning/schools/school-admissions . We will also ensure that the electronic version available on our website shows any changes as they occur.