Year 7 Admissions

Transfer to secondary school

Secondary school applications for September 2024 closed on the 31st October 2023. If you applied, the Local Authority will offer you a school place on the 1st March 2024 (National Offer Day).

 

Late applications:

If your child is due to transfer to secondary school in September 2024 and you haven’t applied, you can make a late application by completing a paper application form. Request a paper application form by using the Local Authority general enquiry form. Your application will be treated as late and will therefore have a lower priority than applications received on time.


To apply for a place at Jane Austen College, you will need to do two things. You must:

 

Fair Access Banding

Fair Access Banding is the use of a short assessment which allocates students according to their ability. This means we can take a range of students from different abilities. It's a common system used around the country, particularly in London, and its a really fair way to ensure we get a spread of abilities entering our school.

At Jane Austen College, we want to make sure we have really fair ways to allocate places to students in Year 7. That's why we use Fair Assessment Banding. We truly believe in comprehensive education, the opportunity for every student to come to our school no matter their background, and we believe this is a very fair way to achieve that.

You can find out more about Fair Access Banding tests by watching the video below or download our FAQs here

The form closed on the 8th November 2023. 

 

If your child will not be taking the test at Charles Darwin Academy or Norwich Primary Academy, please complete this form to enrol them on the test.

 

All parent/carers who have applied will receive an email from janeausten@inspirationtrust.org with a reminder to complete this. Please check your spam and junk folders for this email. All Fair Access Banding Tests need to be booked by the 8th November.

  • If you haven't received an email from Jane Austen as of 01/11/23, please check you spam/junk inbox. If you still haven't received, please let us know as some emails have the Jane Austen email 'blocked.'

If your child already attends Charles Darwin or Norwich Primary, you do not have to fill in the form for the FAB test. We will be in contact with the schools.


When children transfer to secondary school:

Secondary schools are for 11- to 16-year-olds (school Years 7 to 11). Your child is due to transfer to secondary school when they are in their last year (Year 6) at primary or junior school.

You need to apply for a secondary school place for September 2024 if

  • your child currently goes to primary or junior school and
  • they were born between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013

 

When you get your school offer:

If you applied for transfer to secondary school for September 2024, the Local Authority will offer you a school place on the 1st March 2024 (National Offer Day).

  • If you applied online, you will be able to see the offer in your admissions account online from 8.30am on the 1st March 2024. The Local Authority will also send you the offer by email.
  • If you completed a paper application form, the Local Authority will send your school offer by post. The Local Authority send offer letters by 2nd class post on the 1st March 2024.

The Local Authority will inform the Principal of the school that your child has a place. The school will contact you with further information.

The first day of Autumn term is Thursday 5th September 2024.

 

Waiting lists:

If your child is not offered a place, their name will be added to a waiting list for the school in case a place becomes available. Waiting lists are maintained for oversubscribed schools until the 31st December 2024.

 

Secondary school admission timetable for September 2024 entry

  • Applications open - 11th September 2023
  • Applications close – 31st October 2023
  • National Offer Day (when you get your school offer) – 1st March 2024
  • Appeals closing date - 16th April 2024
  • Appeal hearings take place – May/June 2024

 

Secondary school admission timetable for September 2025 entry

  • Applications open – 11th September 2024
  • Applications close – 31st October 2024
  • National Offer Day (when you get your school offer) – 3rd March 2025
  • Appeals closing date - 28th March 2025
  • Appeal hearings take place – May/June 2025

 

Further Information:

Norfolk County Council Admissions


 

2024-25 Admission Policy

2023-24 Admission Policy