Although the school is voluntary aided and has its own admissions committee, admissions to the school are handled by the local authority on the school’s behalf. The school follows Norfolk Local Authority Fair Access Protocol. Therefore should your child want a place in the school in any year, please see the Norfolk’s School Admissions page for further information.
Admission criteria for 2023-24
The school is a Voluntary Aided Church of England primary school in the catchment area of Great and Little Plumstead, Thorpe End and Witton. Children attend between the ages of four and eleven years. At the age of eleven, children transfer mainly to Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form.
All children whose statement of special educational needs (SEN) or education, health and care (EHC) plan names the school will be admitted before any other places are allocated.
Children will be admitted in the following order of priority:
- All children who are looked after and previously looked after children (which includes adopted children, child arrangement orders and special guardianship) as designated by the local authority.
- Those living within the catchment area and who have a brother or sister already at the school.
- Those living within the catchment area.
- Those who have a brother or sister already at the school.
- Those whose parents are regular attendees (at least once a month) of a church. (Governors will seek a reference to this effect from the church’s minister, a sample of the request form can be found on the school website).
- All other children who do not fall within the above criteria.
As the admission authority, the Governing Body of Little Plumstead CofE Primary Academy will consider a request for children to be educated out of their chronological age group in accordance with the statutory School Admissions Code.
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.
(1) In the oversubscription rules ‘brother’ or ‘sister’ means: brothers or sisters living at the same address including adopted children, step-brothers, stepsisters and children in foster care within a family unit. Some admission authority schools may have a different definition. Only siblings attending school at the time of your child’s proposed admission will be given a higher priority in the oversubscription rules. A child attending nursery or preschool attached to the school is not counted as sibling for the purposes of oversubscription rules (School Admission Code requirement).