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Barnby & North Cove Primary School serves, Barnby, North Cove and the surrounding villages.

Any parent who is considering our school for their child will have every opportunity to visit and make the decision about its suitability based upon careful observation and open discussion with the Senior Teacher and School Staff.  You are very welcome to arrange a visit by telephoning the School Office on 01502 476230, or by emailing

Admission Arrangements
Admissions for Reception aged children are arranged centrally by Suffolk County Council. Information regarding Reception admission procedures, together with application forms, are available from the County Council Admissions Team and can be found at the following link

All children can attend school full-time in the September following their 4th birthday.  If you do not wish to take up a full-time place in the September, you can decide which term you would like your child to start full-time, or part-time, in the Reception Class at school.  Please note that the part time option is only available until your child reaches Compulsory School Age, which is the beginning of the term after your child’s 5th birthday.  At this stage your child must take up a full time school place.

You can also contact the Admissions Team at:

Constantine House
Constantine Road

Tel: 0845 600 0981

In-Year Admissions
Parents and carers of children seeking to join the school in other years should in the first instance contact the school directly to enquire whether a place is available in your child’s year group and to arrange a visit.

Admissions Policy
The Consortium Multi Academy Trust is responsible for all In-Year Admissions to the school and full details of the admissions policy and procedures can be found in the following Admissions Policy:-
CMAT Admissions Policy Dec 2016-10355

Consortium and Barnby & North Cove Primary School welcomes all children regardless of special needs or disability. Pupils with additional needs may have extra visits before starting school and there will be close liaison with parents, their early years setting or existing school, to ensure that the correct arrangements are in place.  For further information, please see the Trust’s SEN Policy here:-  CMAT SEND Policy 2017 – 18-78573

Every effort is made to make a place available for your child in our school. However, schools have a limit of the number of children they can take. In the case of Barnby & North Cove Primary School, this is 15 pupils in each year group.

This figure is set out by the Local Governing Body and The Consortium Multi Academy Trust. If the number of children wanting a place is below the set figure, your child will be offered a place. There may, however, come a point when there are too many children of that year group for them all to have a place.

If a place is not available on application, you have the right to appeal to the Trust.

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