School Admissions

Bignold Primary School and Nursery follows the Norfolk County Council admissions process so all requests for school places (reception to year 6) need to go through admissions. All information regarding admissions and their process can be found at the Norfolk County Council Admissions website .

Details on individual admission criteria is outlined below. The same criteria applies if it is an initial admission or an over subscribed admission. We will consider all requests to place children outside of their normal age group including summer born and premature children in line with the requirements of paragraph 2.17 to 2.17B of the School Admissions Code.

Admissions Room 7, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH

Telephone: 0344 800 8020, Fax: 01603 223722

Email: admissions@norfolk.gov.uk

The school is responsible for admissions to Bignold Butterflies Pre-School for 2- year-olds and our Nursery for 3 and 4-year-olds as they are separate from the main school. If you would like to put your name down on our waiting list for either please fill in a form below or contact the school office for more information.​​​​​​​

Reception Open Days

We hold a number of open days between September and December each year for the children applying to start in reception the following September. Please watch this space for 2018 dates. 

If you would like to visit the school in the mean time please contact the reception on 01603 625721 

Admissions and Over Subscription Criteria


The school has a published admission limit of 60 places per year.

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:

  • Have a statement of special educational needs naming that school
  • Are in public care or have been adopted
  • Live in the area served by the school and who have a sibling attending the school at the time of their admission
  • Have a disability and live in the area served by the school (appropriate professional evidence will be required to confirm the disability)
  • Live in the area served by the school
  • 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
  • Live outside the area served by the school who have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of their admission​​​​​​​
  • Live outside the area served by the school and are a child of a member of staff employed at the school for 2 or more years or recruited to fill a vacant post where there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  • Live outside the area served by the school.
  • 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 on a straight line crow fly 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 a school the authority will use random allocation to determine the priority for the remaining place.

    Important Note: 'School' is defined as the main school and not a learning support centre or nursery class attached to the school. This means that no priority would be given to a child from outside the catchment area who had either a brother or sister at the attached nursery class or in temporary or part-time attendance at the attached learning support centre. The address given on the application form will be used to decide the catchment school


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