Admissions

John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery School is a non-selective, state-funded Infant school serving children of all abilities.
Children are admitted at the beginning of the academic year in which they become five years old (Year R).

Nursery Admissions

Children are admitted to the Nursery at the beginning of the term after their third birthday.
A place in the Nursery does not guarantee a place in the Reception class.

Allocation to our Nursery Class is determined by the School on a termly basis, taking into consideration parental preference where possible. We will work with parents to ensure that as far as possible the hours/sessions that can be taken as free provision are convenient for parents’ working hours. (See Nursery Admissions Policy for more details)

After you have initially contacted the school our procedure is as follows:
1. Send/Provide: School brochure
Family encouraged to visit the school
2. First visit - The family will:
Talk to the headteacher
Be taken on a tour of the school
Have an opportunity to ask questions
Be invited to put their child’s name on waiting list.
3. The family will be notified by the School, that their child has been allocated a place at the Nursery.
4. The parents are invited to a New Parents’ drop-in session with their child. During this time a home visit will be arranged and induction arrangements explained.

Main School Admissions - How do I apply?

You can apply online during the three transfer rounds at:

www.admissionsonline.norfolk.gov.uk

Alternatively, complete a paper application available from the Norfolk County Council website at www.norfolk.gov.uk/admissions or from the school office.

Parents/carers who are considering sending their child/ren to John of Gaunt are encouraged to arrange an appointment to look around the school and meet the Headteacher. During the summer term the parents/carers of children joining the school in the following September are invited to attend a meeting at the school. New children have the opportunity to visit the school on several occasions during the summer term to familiarise themselves with the surroundings and to meet their new teachers.

Priorities for admission

If there are more applications for places than there are places available, Pupil Admissions will give preference to children living nearest to the school, according to the following rules in this order of priority:

  1. Children with a statement of special educational needs/Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan naming John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery School.
  2. Children looked after by a Local Authority (children in care).
  3. Children who live within the catchment area and have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of their admission.
  4. Children who live within the catchment area and have a brother or sister attending Bure Valley School at the time of their admission.
  5. Children who live within the catchment area and have no brother or sister attending the school at the time of their admission.
  6. Children who live outside the catchment area and have a brother or sister attending John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery School at the time of their admission.
  7. Children who live outside the catchment area and have a brother or sister attending Bure Valley School at the time of their admission.
  8. Children living outside the catchment area and have no brother or sister attending the school at the time of their admission.

If all children within any of the 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 is measured on a straight line ‘as the crow flies’ basis, using Ordnance Survey data. The address will be measured from the post office address point on the property. If, following the application of admission rules and distance, two applicants cannot be separated for a final place at the school, Pupil Admissions will use random allocation to determine the priority for the remaining place.

If you are unsuccessful in your bid for a place for your child at John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery School, you have the right to appeal.

Years R - Year 2

If you have just moved to the area with children of school age, please contact Pupil Admissions at Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020 or at admissions@norfolk.gov.uk.

All other admissions are coordinated centrally through that office. However, parents/carers can state a preference for the school which they wish their child to attend.

For further information, see A parents' guide to admissions to schools in Norfolk, available on the Admissions section of the Norfolk County Council website at:

www.norfolk.gov.uk/childrens_services/schools/school_admissions

Arrangements for the admission of disabled pupilsThe Department for Education (DfE) has published non-statutory guidance on how schools can fulfil their duties under the Equality Act. Since 1 October 2010, the Equality Act has replaced previous equality legislation, including the Race Relations Act, Disability Discrimination Act and Sex Discrimination Act.

Under the Equality Act, schools have a duty to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for people with disabilities. In paragraph 4.13 of the departmental advice document, the DfE summarises the duty as:

  • Where something a school does places a disabled pupil at a disadvantage compared with other pupils, then the school must take reasonable steps to try and avoid that disadvantage.
  • Schools will be expected to provide an auxiliary aid or service for a disabled pupil when it would be reasonable to do so and if such an aid would alleviate any substantial disadvantage that the pupil faces in comparison with non-disabled pupils.

John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery School ensures procedures are in place to meet this guidance so that:

  • Disabled pupils are supported to participate in the school curriculum to their maximum ability.
  • The school environment enables disabled pupils to take advantage of education and associated services.
  • The ethos in school prevents disabled pupils being treated less favourably than other pupils.