The DNEAT Board of Trustees is the Admissions Authority for all its academies and is responsible for establishing and approving an admissions policy. DNEAT is committed to serving children of all abilities and backgrounds from the communities where its academies are situated.

Admissions to academies and free schools are coordinated by the local authority and the Trust and its Local Governing Bodies (LGB) must use the published admission rules to prioritise applications. For further detail use the following web links:

Norfolk County Council – School Admissions

LGBs are responsible in their academy for consultation in regards to the Admission Policy, for application decisions and to appeal against Local Authority directions to admit pupils.

When do children start school?

Children will be offered a full time place in a reception class from the September after their fourth birthday (i.e. from the start of the academic year in which they turn five).

Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to school is deferred until later in the year or until their child reaches compulsory school age. Where entry is deferred within the school year, the authority will hold the place for that child and not offer it to another child. However, entry cannot be deferred beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday, nor beyond the academic year for which the original application was accepted.

Applying to Kingfisher Partnership of Church Schools, Gillingham and Ditchingham

The Governors have agreed an intake limit of 8 reception children per year at Gillingham and 15 reception children per year at Ditchingham.

Parents need to apply for a school place direct to the Local Authority, using an application form. The form is included in the County Council’s guidance and can be accessed from their website as detailed above.