Admission to reception class for September 2024
Reception class applications for September 2024 closed on the 15th January 2024. If you applied, the Local Authority will offer you a school place on the 16th April 2024 (National Offer Day).
If your child is due to start school in September 2024 and you haven’t applied, you can make a late application by completing a paper application form. Request a paper application form by using the Local Authority general enquiry form.
When does your child start school?
Most children start school in the September after their fourth birthday.
You need to apply for admission to reception for September 2024 if your child was born between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020.
You must apply for a reception class place even if your child currently goes to a nursery class at a school.
If you want your child to start later, you still need to apply for a reception class place at the same time as everyone else.
Find out more about when your child starts school on the Local Authority website.
When you get your school offer:
If you applied for admission to reception class for September 2024, the Local Authority will offer you a school place on the 16th April 2024 (National Offer Day).
- If you applied online, you will be able to see the offer in your admissions account online from 8.30am on the 16th April 2024. The Local Authority will also send you the offer by email.
- If you completed a paper application form, the Local Authority will send your school offer by post. The Local Authority send offer letters by 2nd class post on the 16th April 2024.
The Local Authority will inform the Principal of the school that your child has a place. The school will contact you with further information.
The first day of Autumn term is Thursday 5th September 2024.
If your child is not offered a place, their name will be added to a waiting list for the school in case a place becomes available. Waiting lists are maintained for oversubscribed schools until the 31st December 2024.
Reception class admission timetable for September 2024 entry
- Applications open - 25th September 2023
- Applications close - 15th January 2024
- National Offer Day (when you get your school offer) - 16th April 2024
- Appeals closing date - 14th May 2024
- Appeal hearings take place - June/July 2024
Reception class admission timetable for September 2025 entry
- Applications open – 23rd September 2024
- Applications close - 15th January 2025
- National Offer Day (when you get your school offer) - 16th April 2025
- Appeals closing date - 26th May 2025
- Appeal hearings take place - June/July 2025
Further Information: Norfolk County Council Admissions