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All Broad Horizons Education Trust schools are part of the Norfolk County Council in-year co-ordination scheme. Further information (including the In-Year Coordination Scheme) can be found at:


The school,as the admissions Authority, has agreed that the Planned Admissions Number (the maximum number of intended admissions) for the year commencing 2022 will be 60. This complies with the statutory class size limit for Key Stage 1.


Parents must apply for a place at the school using the common preference form which must be returned as specified on the form. Alternatively, parents may apply directly to the local authority online. One application can be made per academic year.


For the admissions to the 2023 school year, and subsequent years, all children will be eligible for admission to Martham Academy full time in September following their fourth birthday.


Children with a statement of special educational needs naming the school will be admitted.


Oversubscription Rules


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


  1. children with an Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement of special educational needs naming the school; 

  2. children in public care, have been adopted from public care or adopted from abroad who are due to transfer; 

  3. children who are due to transfer and live in the catchment area; 

  4. children who are eligible for the service premium. A pupil is eligible for the service premium if: 

    1. one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces (including pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time reserve service); 

    2. they have been registered as a ‘service child’ on the January school census at any point since 2016; 

    3. one of their parents died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme. 

  5. children who are due to transfer and live outside the catchment area, who have an older brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission

  6. children who are due to transfer who live outside the catchment area and attend a feeder school at the opening date of the admission round.

  7. children of staff at the school 

    1. where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or 

    2. the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage

  8. children who are due to transfer and live outside the catchment area. 


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 authority will use random allocation to determine the priority for the remaining place.


Notification of Places


This will be done through the Local Authority's co-ordination scheme and will be in accordance with the agreed timescale or statutory offer day. You have the right to appeal if you child is not offered a place. Appeals are heard by schools admission appeals panels, which act independently of the school.


Late applications are considered a lower priority than all on time applications when offers are made on the offer data and for the mini admission round. However, after these initial allocations, applications will then be prioritised solely on the basis of the over-subscription criteria.


The process including further offers and late applications are fully covered by Norfolk's co-ordination scheme.


Waiting List


A waiting list will be maintained by the school and the LA as part of the co-ordinated scheme of those unsuccessful in their initial application. Names are placed on the waiting list in the priority set out in our admissions over-subscription criteria.


In some years the annual intake of children will be considerably less than 60. In these circumstances, the school will need to set mixed year classes. These will have class size limits as set out in the relevant statutory guidance. When the school has mid-year applications for a year group where the PAN has not been reached but the class sizes are full, the school will follow the guidelines as set out in the relevant statutory guidance.


In-Year Admissions


Applications for In-Year admissions are administered by the school and not the local authority. If a place is available and there are no waiting lists, then the school will communicate with the governors' offer of a place to the family. If more applications are received than there are places available or the school is full, then applications will be ranked by the the headteacher in accordance with the over-subscription criteria. If a place cannot be offered at this time you will be referred back to the Local Authority to find another school. You may ask us for the reasons, and you will be informed of your right to appeal. You will be offered the opportunity to be placed on a waiting list. This waiting list will be maintained by the school in the order of over-subscription criteria, and not in the order in which the applications are received. Names are removed from the list at the end of each academic year. When a place becomes available the school will decide who is at the top of the list so that the school can inform the parent.




If you child is unsuccessful in gaining a place at Martham Academy, you have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel set up in accordance with the Admissions Code.


Martham Academy participates in the Local Authority co-ordinated scheme and all deadlines will be adhered to.

For an up to date copy of the admissions policy including admission criteria please see Norfolk Schoolfinder -




* catchment area as defined by Norfolk Admissions. Details can be found by visiting Norfolk County Council

** siblings refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister or the child of the parent/carer's partner of the child for whom the school place is sought.

Consultation on Published Admission Number (PAN)

Martham Academy and Nursery consultation on PAN numbers for 2025/26 has finished. The outcomes are published below.

Admission to Reception Class

Reception class applications opened on 25 September 2023 and will close on 15 January 2024.

If your child is due to start school in September 2024, you need to apply for admission to reception.

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