Admissions

Admissions Criteria

Our school policy with criteria:

Admissions 2019-2020

The proposed Diocese criteria for admissions:

Diocese of Norwich Admission Guidance – Oct 2019

School’s Admission Policy – September 2019-2020

The Governors of Dereham Church Infant and Nursery School have consulted on admission arrangements for 2018-2019

The admission arrangements to MAIN school for September 2019-2020 as follows;-

All children born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 are offered a full time place in a Reception class.

By law children must start statutory education full time 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.

This is in line with LA policy.

When the demand for places in the school exceeds the number of places available, the following Admission Policy will come into force.

Children will be offered places according to the criteria listed below, taken in order.

Although the date you make your registration will be noted, it will not give any priority.

  1. Children looked after by the Authority.
  2. Siblings, including adopted or foster, of children present at the school at the time the child starts school.
  3. Children whose parent(s)/carers worship regularly (at least once a month) at a church within the Dereham and District Team Ministry, or children who have moved into the district in the last three months whose parent(s)/carers were regular worshippers at an Anglican church in their previous parish.  (Regular worship to be confirmed by a supporting statement by Clergy).
  4. Children for whom Dereham Church Infant and Nursery School is the nearest school (to be measured as the ‘crow flies’).
  5. Children who live in the Parish of Dereham and Scarning.
  6. Any other children.

Please note that the school will admit a child with a statement of special educational needs that names the school.  This is not an oversubscription criterion.

Note:    In the event of the Governors having to make a choice between candidates of equal strength, priority will be given to the child who lives nearest to the school, distance measured as the ‘crow flies’.

Parents have the right to appeal against the Governors’ refusal to grant their child a school place.  Details may be obtained from the Headteacher at the school.

Admission arrangements to the Foundation Stage (Nursery age) from

September 2019

  • Children with birthdays between 1st April and 31st August will start in September (Autumn Term)
  • Children with birthdays between 1st September and 31st December will start in January (Spring Term) **
  • Children with birthdays between 1st January and 31st March will start in April (Summer Term) **

The Governors will review the current criteria during the Summer Term.

When the demand for places in the Nursery exceeds the number of places available, the following Admissions Policy will come into force.  Children will be offered places according to the criteria listed below, taken in order from 1-6.

  1. Children looked after by the Authority.
  2. Siblings, including adopted or foster, of children present at the school at the time the child starts school.
  3. Children whose parent(s)/carers worship regularly (at least once a month) at a Church within the Dereham & District Team Ministry, or children who have moved into the district in the last three months whose parent(s)/carers were regular worshippers at an Anglican Church in their previous parish.  (Regular worship to be confirmed by a supporting statement by Clergy).
  4. Children for whom Dereham Church Infant and Nursery School is the nearest school (to be measured as the “crow flies”).
  5. Children who live in the Parish of Dereham and Scarning.
  6. Any other children.

** Please note:  If the Nursery is over-subscribed, those children who are not admitted in January or April will be admitted in the following September.

The Governors review this criteria each Summer Term.

Dereham Church Infant and Nursery School manages admissions to the Nursery.  Admission to the Main School, ie Reception classes is managed by Norfolk County Council. Admission to the Nursery unit does not guarantee admission to Dereham Church Infant and Nursery School and attendance at the Dereham Church Nursery does not form any part of the admission criteria in the school’s admission policy.

Parents have the right to appeal against the Governors’ refusal to grant their child a Nursery place.

Visits/Induction Evening

Parents/carers considering this school for their child are invited to visit and view the school by making an appointment with the secretary.

An Induction Evening is held prior to the children starting in Reception and an Induction Morning for children starting in Nursery.  This provides an opportunity to meet with key members of staff and find out more about our school.  We also give you an opportunity to spend some time in your child’s new classroom and find out those “top tips” that are crucial for those first few days.

“Play and Stay” sessions are offered to new Reception and new Nursery children during the year.

Transfer and Admissions

If you are moving into the area and would like your child to attend this school, please contact us by either telephone or letter.

Main school admissions are the responsibility of Norfolk County Council.  The Admissions team must be contacted in the first instance.  If you wish for your child to start/transfer to our school, they can be contacted on 01603 224382.

Nursery class admissions are organized by the school.  Please contact the school if you are interested in a place for your child in our Nursery.

An appointment can then be made to visit the school.  If you are moving house, please let us know when the move is confirmed and details of the new school.  We will send all the necessary information to the new school.