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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

You can also contact SCC’s Admissions Team at:
Constantine House
Constantine Road

Tel: 0845 600 0981

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.

Children are admitted to full time education at the beginning of the school year in which they have their 5th birthday. All pupils aged 4 or over are entitled to start school on a full-time basis, although some parents may choose to opt for a part-time basis initially.  It is the parents or legal guardian’s responsibility to apply for a school place. We recommend that you apply online at The process is quick, safe and simple.

All in-year admissions are processed by the individual schools of The Consortium Multi Academy Trust. You should apply directly to the School Office using the form below, or by telephoning us on:  01502 476230 or at:

Available places will be allocated in the order that the school receives applications and we will respond within 10 working days of receiving a request for application.

CMAT Admission Form

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 at the following link:-

We looking forward to meeting you!

Miss Jemima Williams
Senior Teacher

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:-

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 10 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. When an applicant is unsuccessful, there is an automatic right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. An appeal should be in writing to the Chief Executive Officer of the Trust, contact details are found on the CMAT website as follows:

Parents are required to identify the grounds on which their appeal is to be considered. This information will be sent by the Local Authority for standard entry points and by the Trust for mid-year admissions. In the event of a formal appeals process being required, the Education Appeal Service is independent of the admissions team.

They can arrange your appeals and ensure they meet legal requirements. This would include setting the hearing dates within the required timeframe, arranging venues, ensuring that hearings are convened with fully trained panel members and clerks and issuing paperwork before and after the appeal to parents. The decision of the Appeals Panel is final and binding on both parties.

Further information of the Schools Admissions Appeals process can be found at:



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