Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises ten Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.
The school’s policy for admission is based on guidance from Norfolk Children’s Services, who decide on the Admission Policy for all schools, except foundation and voluntary aided schools which set their own.
If there are more applications for places than there are places available, the Local Authority gives preference to children living nearest to the school, according to the following rules in this order of priority:
- Children with a statement of special educational need naming this school.
- Children in public care who are due to start school.
- 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.
- 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.
If all children within any of the above 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 will be measured using a straight line ‘crow fly’ basis, using Ordnance Survey data. The address will be measured from the post office address point on the property.
In the unlikely event that distance does not separate the final two or more pupils seeking the last remaining place, a random allocation will be used to determine who is offered the final place.
Admission to Reception
We admit all children full-time in September at the beginning of the academic year in which they reach the age of five. Before admission parents are invited to visit the school. A series of meetings is held to help to familiarise parents with our work and with life in school and to discuss any issues relating to the admissions procedure. Parents have an opportunity to visit classrooms and meet the staff and are asked to complete an admission form prior to entry.
Children attending the local Early Years Foundation Stage providers have several opportunities to visit the school with pre-school providers. Parents are also encouraged to bring their children to visit. The reception teacher also visits the children in their pre-school setting and offers optional home visits.
We aim to provide stability and continuity for children in their first year at school. Throughout this crucial first year, as at all other times throughout the life of a child in school, we encourage parents to work very closely in partnership with us for the benefit of their child.
Admission to Other Year Groups
When a family moves into the area and children transfer from other schools, we aim to ensure a smooth and happy transition for each child. Parents and children are invited to visit the school (Parents are welcome to visit first without their children if they prefer to do so). There is an opportunity to discuss the needs of each child with the Class Teacher / Head teacher. We contact the school from which the child is transferring to request records, so that continuity can be maintained. On the first day, the child is welcomed by someone from his/her new class, who helps the new arrival to settle in. Over the first few days parents are encouraged to keep in close touch if necessary, so that any minor issues can be sorted out.