As a community school Barford School follows the Norfolk County Council policy for first admission to school which is as follows:
By law, children must start statutory education full-time at the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday. All parents of children born between 1st September and 31st August must be offered a full time place from the September before their child turns five. Parents are entitled to defer their admission or request that their child attend on a part-time basis, however the child must start school on a full time basis no later than the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday.
What is a part-time place?
A part-time place will be five sessions of three hours per week. Barford school
will decide the days and times of the sessions to be offered. A child attending part-time must attend all of the sessions offered.
If the parent informs the school that they wish to delay their child’s entry the place will be held and not offered to another child. However, for a place to be held, admission can only be delayed within the academic year. This means the admission must take place by the summer term 2013. Places cannot be held until the following autumn term for those children who are five during the preceding summer term.
If there are more applications for places than there are places available, the Local education Authority will give preference to children living nearest Barford School according to the following criteria in this order of priority:
1. Children with a statement of special educational needs, now referred to as an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) naming that school;
2. Children in public care who are due to start school and live in the area served by the school;
3. Children who are due to start school, living in the area served by the school, who have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of their admission;
4. Children who are due to start school, living in the area served by the school with no brother or sister attending the school;
5. Children who are due to start school, living outside the area served by the school who have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of their admission;
6. Children who are due to start school, living outside the area served by the school who have no brother or sister at that school.
Parents should apply for a place for first admissions through the Norfolk County Council first admissions procedure. This currently requires them to apply for a place by completing a form by 16th January and they will be told of the outcome by a date near the end of April. Late requests will be considered after those returning forms on time. Admissions at any other time will be made by the Headteacher according to the admissions criteria.
If you would like to apply for a place at Barford School please contact Mr Dunscombe to register your interest. It is important that you make sure you have completed the county council admission form giving Barford School as your first choice in the autumn term before the year your child starts school. You will usually hear whether your child has a place at the school in April.
If you have any queries about an application for a place at Barford please contact Mr Dunscombe.
Parents of new admissions will be invited to a meeting at the school some time before their child is due to start school. There will be links established with local pre-school settings and visits made by school staff. New children will be invited for visits near to the end of the summer term. On first starting the autumn term there will be phasing in arrangements as deemed appropriate by the Headteacher and class teacher over the first two weeks.
If you have any queries about the admissions process please either contact the Headteacher at the school or Norfolk County Council Children’s Services on 08448 008001.