Admission Policy and Arrangements

Carleton Rode is a Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School. This means, in practice, we admit children aged between 4 and 11 years of any religious denomination who live within our catchment area and others from outside the area who wish to attend the school.

Children are admitted into the Reception year, if numbers allow, in the September before their 5th birthday on a full-time basis. However, parents / carers may be offered a gradual or delayed entry if deemed appropriate.

In the second half of the summer term we offer transition sessions for children who are due to start school in the following September with the current Tiger Class.

By law, children must start statutory education full-time at the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday unless there are exceptional circumstances.

For children born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016 information about joining school in September 2020 can be found via the link below. Parents / carers 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 during the academic year 2020/21 and no later than the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday.

We follow Norfolk County Councils admissions procedures which can be found at …

For in-year admissions – children requiring a place other than at the normal points of transition – information is available on the Norfolk County Council website. See the link below.

If you would like your child to be considered for a place at Carleton Rode CEVA Primary School we strongly advise that you take the opportunity to visit the school beforehand. Each October we offer an Open Day where you can come and see the school running and talk to staff and children. Please contact us to make an appointment if you have missed the Open Day. We would be very pleased to welcome you and discuss any concerns that you may have.

If you are looking for a place for a child in any year group other than Reception please contact the school office to make an appointment. Currently we have space for 11 children in each year, however we are always willing to discuss the possibility of additional children in a year group if the class is not full but this will be at the discretion of the Headteacher and Governors.

At Carleton Rode CEVA Primary School we follow the county guidelines for admission appeals. Please see the link below:

In the event of admissions being oversubscribed priority will be given to:

  1. Children with an Educational Health Care Plan which names Carleton Rode CEVA Primary School in the plan.
  2. All relevant looked after children – means a child who is looked after by a local authority in accordance with section 22 of the Children Act 1989(a) at the time an application for admission to a school is made, and who the local authority has confirmed will still be looked after at the time when he/she is admitted to the school.
  3. Families within our catchment area. Home address is considered to be the address that the child lives at for the majority of the week, including weekends. Details of the school’s catchment area can be obtained from the school office or from Norfolk County Council.
  4. Siblings of children already on the school roll at the time of their admission. A sibling is defined as a child that lives at the same address and shares at least one common parent / carer.
  5. Those specifically seeking a Church school using the following criteria:
    1. Those children of regular worshipping members of the Church of England
    2. Those children of regular worshipping members of a non Anglican Christian Church
    3. Those children whose parents / carers, if not worshipping members of a Christian Church, nevertheless wish their child to attend a Church of England Voluntary Aided School because of its specifically religious emphasis. Those applying under these criteria should forward a supporting letter to the school.
  6. Families living closest to the school on the day of the closing date for receipt of parental / carer preferences. Distance is measured by ‘as the crow flies’ distance on the Ordnance Survey map.

Note: in the event of oversubscription within one of the above criteria, proximity, as defined above, shall be used as the determining factor.

In line with present County Policy, when parents / carers register their under-fives it is on the understanding that no firm offer of a place is made until expected numbers for the appropriate year are known.

For information the L.E.A’s first admissions timetable is:

  • September – release of letters and information to parents / carers inviting preference of school. (Any parent seeking to apply direct to a V.A. school is provided with a common application form inviting three preferences which must then be forwarded to the L.E.A.)
  • January – Closing date for receipt of parental preferences.
  • April – Offers made to parents / carers by L.E.A.
  • June – Appeal hearings commence.


The Governing Body does not allow colour, race, gender, disability or social background to affect its admissions policy.

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