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Thorpe St. Andrew School And Sixth Form
Headteacher / Principal
Mr Ian Clayton, M B E
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Thorpe St. Andrew School And Sixth Form
Laundry Lane
Thorpe St Andrew
LA Area
North & East
Not Applicable
Councillor division
John Fisher (Conservative)
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Last inspection
Pupil numbers
Nmber on Roll (September 2017)
Planned admission numbers (2017/18)
Planned admission numbers (2018/19)
Number on Roll (NOR) detail
NOR September 2017
Yr 7298
Yr 8296
Yr 9295
Yr 10290
Yr 11275
Yr 12170
Yr 13166
Yr 13+9
Admissions policy

School admission policy : 2018/19 (Agreed)

If there are more requests for places than places available, the Trust will admit children in the following order of priority:

1. Children with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) naming the school; following consultation by the Local Authority.

2. Looked after children and children in public care who are due to transfer. (See definition on Page 3).

3. Children who are due to transfer and live in the area served by the school (traditionally known as the Catchment Area).

4. Children who are due to transfer and live outside the area served by the school who attend a school within The Yare Education Trust at the opening date of the admissions round.

5. Children who live outside the area served by the school, who have an older sibling attending the school at the time of admission (but not the Sixth Form). (See definition of ‘sibling’ on Page 3).

6. Children who live outside the area served by the school.

The admission round is deemed as starting on 1 September of the year prior to transfer and closes on 31 October (open for two months).

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. If following the application of admission rules and distance two applicants cannot be separated for a final place at a school, the Trust will use random allocation to determine the priority for the remaining place.

The Yare Education Trust Partners

Dussindale Primary School

Hillside Avenue Primary and Nursery School

Hemblington Primary School (upon conversion early 2017)

Feeder Schools

Blofield Primary School

Brundall Primary School

Dussindale Primary School

Hemblington Primary School

Hillside Avenue Primary and Nursery School

Little Plumstead VA Primary School

St William’s Primary School

Information on Oversubscription Rules

The following information and definitions apply to all schools in The Yare Education Trust.


Distance will be measured on a straight line ‘crow-fly’ basis using Ordnance Survey data. The measurement will be taken from the post office postcode address point on the child’s home to the post office postcode address point on the school.

Looked After Children or Children in Public Care

In oversubscription rules ‘children in public care’ and ‘looked after children’ are defined as looked after children and previously looked after children. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after and ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a Residence Order or Special Guardianship Order.


When we use the oversubscription rules, ‘siblings’ means; brothers or sisters living at the same address including adopted children, step-brothers, step-sisters and children in foster care within a family unit.

Only siblings attending school at the time of the child’s proposed admission will be given a higher priority in the oversubscription rules.

Schools that ‘Feed’ into Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

The Admissions Policy follows the previous Norfolk County Council policy of the identification of primary schools which feed into the school (please see list on Page 2).

Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) / Statements of Special Educational Needs

Where a child’s EHCP or Statement of Special Educational Needs names a specific school, the school must admit the child regardless of whether the school has a place available.


Disability will be defined using the definition contained in the Equalities Act 2012.

Random Allocation

Where random allocation is used to determine the allocation of school places, applicants will have their names drawn by lots to see who should be offered the place(s). There will be an independent scrutiny of the random allocation.

Admission of Children Outside their Normal Age Group

Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, if the child is gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. The Trust will make decisions on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned. This will include taking account of the parents’ views; information about their medical history and the views of a medical professional; whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group. Also taken into account will be the views of the Headteacher/Principal of the school. When informing a parent of the decision on the year group the child should be admitted to, the Trust will set out clearly the reasons for the decision.

Where there is agreement to a parental request for their child to be admitted out of their normal age group and, as a consequence of that decision, the child will be admitted to a relevant age group (for example the age group to which students are normally admitted to the school) the Trust will process the application as part of the main admissions round, unless the parental request is made too late for this to be possible, and on the basis of their determined admission arrangements only, including the application of oversubscription criteria where applicable. Parents have a statutory right to appeal against the refusal of a place at a school for which they have applied. This right does not apply if they are offered a place at the school but it is not in their preferred age group