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If you would like any paper copies of the documents that are on our school website, please contact the school office.  
 
If you would like to apply for a school place at Hopton Church of England Primary School please contact the Admissions department at Norfolk County Council. 
 
Admissions to the school are not arranged by the school office but through the county council.

Email: admissions@norfolk.gov.uk
Telephone: 0344 800 8020
Address:
Admissions
8th Floor
County Hall
Martineau Lane
Norwich
NR1 2DL

 

Admissions for Reception Children
If your child is going to be 5 in the next academic year, you can apply to admissions through Norfolk County Council on the link above. 
The closing date for these applications is in January (please check the admissions website for exact dates). In the middle of April, Norfolk county council will send a letter to let families know what school they have been offered. The school will also receive a letter and we will then send you a letter inviting you to the new parents meeting and transition events (these will be outlined in the letter).
Starting school is an exciting but sometimes scary time for both parents and children. To ensure a smooth transition into Hopton Primary School we have a number of events for both children and parents to help make this a positive experience.
 
Open Day 
Every year the school holds an Open Day which gives prospective parents an opportunity to look round our school during the day so that they get a real feel for what our school is like. 
 
New Parents Evening
To welcome new parents we hold an informal Open Evening. This will also be an opportunity to meet the adults that will be working with your child, as well as other parents who have children in Reception. As part of the meeting each parent will receive a welcome pack that will hopefully answer any questions about your child’s school day, their daily routines and their learning.
 
Nursery Visits
The Reception teacher will link up with pre-school providers during the summer term either through phone calls or visits, to share relevant information about your child and to ease their transition into school. 
 
Transition Sessions
We have a series of transition events during the summer term which are a fun way for children and parents to get to know the school. During these events there will be the chance to meet children and parents from other year groups as well as to share fun activities. On the third of these sessions the PTA provide tea and coffee for parents giving them the chance to leave their children in the classroom with     Reception adults for a short time.
 
Home visit
In September when the rest of the school start the Reception teacher and other key adults that will work with your child will visit your home to get to know your child even better. These conversations are not to inspect your home, but to give time for conversations about settling in, transition, medical needs and anything else you would like to ask about in the comfort of your own home.
 
Staggered start
In September the children will start part-days to help ease the transition into full-time schooling. Within a couple of weeks, all children will be attending school full-time.
 
Norfolk County Council Rules for Over subscription 
If there are more applications for places than there are places available, we will give 
preference to children living nearest to the school, according to the following rules in 
this order of priority:  
 
Children who are due to start school and:
1.  have a statement of special educational needs naming that school 
2.  are in public care or have been adopted 
3.  live in the area served by the school and who have a sibling attending the 
     school at the time of their admission 
4.  live in the area served by the school who have a brother or sister attending 
     the feeder junior school 
5.  have a disability and live in the area served by the school (Appropriate 
     professional evidence will be required to confirm the disability) 
6.  live in the area served by the school 
7.  have been allocated a permanent place at a Specialist Resource Base 
     attached to the school. (Places allocated by Norfolk County Council’s 
     Placement panel) 
8.  live outside the area served by the school who have a brother or sister with a 
     statement of special educational needs attending the school at the time of 
     their admission 
9.  live outside the area served by the school who have a brother or sister 
     attending the school at the time of their admission 
10. live outside the area served by the school who have a brother or sister 
     attending the feeder junior school 
11. have a disability and live outside the area served by the school (Appropriate 
     professional evidence will be required to confirm the disability) 
12. live outside the area served by the school
 
In Year Admissions 
If you are considering joining Hopton Primary School once the school year has started, you can apply to admissions through Norfolk County Council on the link above. Please be aware that there are only three times per year that the admissions team allow for changes between schools during a school year, these being January, Easter and after the summer holiday. If you are currently living locally we suggest that you talk with your current Headteacher about the reasons you think you need your children to change schools, as they might be able to solve any issues or concerns. Your current Headteacher will also need to agree and sign the relevant paper work. Once the paperwork has been sent, please make an appointment to see Mrs Kelly (the school secretary) to have a look around. 
 
Welcome
If you have been successful in gaining a place at our school, we welcome you and look forward to meeting with you soon, if you are considering our lovely school please come and have a look around. We have an open day in October but can also arrange times by appointment, just call the office. If you can’t make the open day or have missed it please phone the office for an appointment with Mrs Kelly, our school secretary.

Norfolk's Admissions Guide for Parents

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