Admissions 2021-22 academic year
Prospective Parents info
If you did not manage to visit the school on our Prospective Parents Night on Thursday 16th September, or have any questions following this event, please feel free to contact:
- Janice Murphy Pastoral and Attendance Support Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr Stevenson Deputy Headteacher email@example.com
YEAR 7 ADMISSIONS (September 2022 entry)
Admissions Key Dates
- 31st October 2021: Deadline for applications. Please apply both via your local County Council AND return the school’s Supplementary Information Form to the school.
- 1st March 2022: National Offer Day - Letters confirming allocated places are sent by the Local Authority, or are posted online if you have made an online application.
For information about transition events and communications for new students joining our Y7 in September 2021 click on New Students Transition.
IN-YEAR ADMISSIONS for application to current Years 7-11
All 'in-year' applications, i.e. those for pupils currently at high school, for places in Years 7 to 11 must be made via Norfolk County Council, using the form 'Moving Schools during the School Year'. Please be aware that Notre Dame is always very heavily oversubscribed at the Common Entry point at Year 7, with the consequence that places in older year groups are rarely available. The admission policy for our current year is available on the school's Policy page.
If your child is Catholic, then in order for us to recognise them as being Catholic, parents should send a copy of their Baptismal (or First Holy Communion) certificate to the School Office. Once we have received a formal application via Norfolk County Council, the school will consider the application and let you know the outcome via Norfolk County Council as soon as possible.Year 7 Admissions Procedures
Y7 Admissions Procedures
Parents of Year 6 pupils in September 2021 who wish to apply for a High School place for September 2022 at Notre Dame are advised that they should apply both to the Council (via their own Local Authority) AND to Notre Dame (using the school's Supplementary Information Form).
Important deadline dates
10th September 2021: County Admissions Round opens.
31st October 2021: Deadline for Applications to be received.
1st March 2022: National Offer Day - Letters confirming allocated places are sent by the Local Authority, or are sent by e-mail if you have applied online.
Please note that no child can be guaranteed a place at the school. Parents should apply both to the Local Authority AND to the school to ensure your child is placed in the appropriate category for admissions purposes. The school is likely to be heavily oversubscribed so regretfully some parents and their children may be disappointed.
You are advised to use your three preferences on the Local Authority Form to put down schools in order of your preference, but make sure you put down your catchment school (if that is one of your preferences). It will not affect your likelihood of being offered a place at your first preference school if you put down other preferences. If you put Notre Dame as your only preference, and we are not able to offer a place, then the Local Authority will attempt to match all first, second and third preferences before reconsidering those who only put down one (unsuccessful) preference. In that instance you would be offered a place at the nearest school to where you live that still has places available, which by definition may not be one of the more popular schools.
Please note that our named Catholic schools supported by the Diocese of East Anglia are St Benet's Catholic Primary School, (Beccles, Suffolk); St Edmund's Catholic Primary School, (Bungay, Suffolk); St Augustine's Catholic Primary School (Costessey, Norfolk); St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School (Norwich, Norfolk); St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary School (Gorleston, Norfolk); St Martha's Catholic Primary School (King's Lynn); St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School (Lowestoft, Suffolk); Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School (Peterborough) and St Thomas More Catholic Primary School (Peterborough).
Admissions to other Year Groups
All applications MUST go through your local County Council School Admissions team. For most applicants that will be Norfolk County Council or Suffolk County Council. Councils then approach the school to determine availability of places. Please note that Notre Dame is one of the most oversubscribed High Schools in Norfolk, so we rarely have such 'in year' places available.
6th Form Admissions Procedures
The application process for entry into the Sixth Form in September 2022 at Notre Dame High School has now closed.
Parents/Sixth Form applicants whose applications for places are unsuccessful may appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel set up in accordance with sections 84 and 94 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.
A notification of intent to appeal must be made in writing to the Compliance Manager at the school. Initially it need only be brief; once an appeal hearing has been scheduled you will be invited to set out in writing the reasons for your appeal in good time before the hearing, so that the independent panel has ample time to consider the documentation prior to the hearing. Appeals should be sent to the Compliance Manager at the school address. Appellants have the right to make oral representations to the Appeal Panel.
In year or immediate entry appeals
Appeals resulting from in year admission applications will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
September 2022 Year 7 Entry
If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2022 and your application to Notre Dame has been unsuccessful, you can appeal against this decision. You can submit your intention to appeal between 1st March and 22nd March 2022 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by the end of June 2022.
For applications made in the normal admissions round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.
For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
September 2022 Year 12 entry (Sixth Form)
Provisional offers of Sixth Form places for September 2022 will be made in January 2022.
For applications to the Sixth Form:
i. where the offer of a place would have been conditional upon exam results, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of confirmation of those results;
ii. where the offer of a place would not have been conditional upon exam results, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.
Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing together with a copy of the school’s case at least 10 clear school days in advance of the hearing.
If an appellant wishes to submit further evidence which was not included with their initial intent to appeal, they must make sure that it is received at least 5 clear school days prior to the hearing date. Any information or evidence not submitted by the deadline might not be considered at the appeal. Parents may waive their right to 10 school days’ notice of the hearing.
Admission Arrangements 2022/23 entry - consultation
The formal consultation on the school's admission arrangements for 2022/23 entry closed on 31st January 2021.