Admission arrangements at Reception

Children may start school during the year in which they become five. All children will be offered a full time place from September but parents may defer their admission providing the child is in full time education by the term after their fifth birthday and by the beginning of the summer term at the latest. In the case of over-subscription, places will be offered in the following order of priority:

Published admission limit: 15 – 20

Children who are due to start school and:

  1. have a statement of special educational needs naming the school;
  2. are in public care who have been adopted;
  3. live in the area served by the school and who have a sibling attending the school at the time of their admission;
  4. live in the area served by the school who have a brother or sister attending the feeder junior school;
  5. have a disability and live in the area served by the school (Appropriate professional evidence will be required to confirm the disability);
  6. children who are due to start school, living outside the area served by the school who have no brother or sister at the school.
  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 area served by the school 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 area served by the school who have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of their admission;
  10. live outside the area served by the school 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. live outside the area served by the school;

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.

Admission at Year 7

Published admission limit: 97

Children already in Year 6 at Litcham School will automatically progress to the secondary phase at the start of Year 7. Parents of children in Year 6 (the last year of primary school) at other primary schools are issued with a preference form and other information by the Local Authority. This form must be completed and returned by the specified date.

If there are more requests for places than places available, the Local Authority will admit children in the following order of priority:

  1. children with a statement of special educational needs naming the school;
  2. children in public care and those previously in public care who have been adopted or are subject to a residence order or special guardianship order who are due to transfer;
  3. children who are due to transfer and live in the area served by the school;
  4. children who are due to transfer and live outside the area served by the school who have an older brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission;
  5. children who are due to transfer and live outside the area served by the school but are attending a feeder primary school at the opening date of the admission round;
  6. children who are due to transfer and live outside the area served by the school.

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. If following the application of admission rules and distance, two applicants cannot be separated for a final place at a school, the Local Authority will use random allocation to determine the priority for the remaining place. Arrangements for admission in all other years are managed by the Local Authority (tel: 0344 800 8020).

The move into Secondary Education

The move from primary to secondary education is a major step in a child’s education. The induction programme organised for Year 6 pupils is designed to help them to become more familiar with the secondary phase and its work. The programme includes an extended transition period, usually of two weeks spent on the secondary site in the term before entry. This allows pupils to experience working in new subject areas; meet their future tutors and generally familiarize themselves with secondary education. Parents and carers are also invited to a family interview with a member of staff.

At the same time we move all other classes up one year, from reception through to year 5. This allows them to meet their new class teacher, get used to the new year’s curriculum and allows the staff to really get to know their class before the summer break.