Admissions

Downham Market Academy does not select pupils for admission and will consider all applications for places.

Admission Policy

Our full admission policy can be found in our Policy Bank.

Year 7 (11+) Entry

The majority of our students join us after the end of year six, at the culmination of their primary school education, joining us at the start of year seven.

Applications for places at the academy should be made in accordance with Norfolk County Council’s admissions arrangements, referred to as the ‘transfer to secondary school admission round’. Further information and application forms can be downloaded from their transfer to secondary school page.

For admissions outside of the normal age range, we will consider all requests to place children outside of their normal age group including summer born and premature children in line with the requirements of paragraph 2.17 and 2.17B of the School Admissions Code.

Key information for parents and students joining us in Year 7 can be found on our Transition page.

Joining us beyond year seven

If you are relocating your family to Norfolk, or wish for your son or daughter to transfer schools for other reasons, please contact Downham Market Academy for admission information.

To apply for a place at Downham Market Academy, please do so through the Norfolk County Council Admissions Service

Admission Form

Please only complete the form below once you have been offered a place by Norfolk County Council.  The Data Protection Act (1998) and the Education (Pupil Information) (England) Regulations 2005 protect this strictly confidential information, stored on the Academy’s student records database.

The information on ethnic origin and first language is needed by the school and the Local Authority to ensure that resources are made available when required and that the Education Service offers real equality of opportunity for all pupils.

Details of Student

Legal name MUST be as it appears on the student's Birth Certificate

Details of Parents/Carers with whom the Student lives

Parent / Carer 1

Parent / Carer 2

Please tell us immediately if any of the above details change

Separate Parent Information

For those with parental responsibility (but who may not necessarily reside with the child). In English law, Parental responsibility is a legal phrase used to define who has the rights and obligations in making decisions which affect the child's life. Parental responsibility includes legal rights and responsibilities in choosing and providing for the child's education. Unless there is a Protection Order from the Court, the Academy has a legal obligation to provide all people with parental responsibility, reports and school information. The academy will assume that the person/s listed below, who has/have parental responsibility, but with whom the student does not reside, will automatically receive information regarding the pupil.

Protection Order Information

If there is a Protection Order issued against the person/s listed below, who have parental responsibility, please provide details on a separate piece of paper, to the attention of the Academy's Designated Safeguarding Lead. The information you provide will be treated as strictly confidential but may be shared with other relevant members of staff at the discretion of the Academy's Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Emergency Contact Details (other than Parents/Carers)

These are very important to us. If your child becomes ill during the day, we need to be able to contact you or someone acting for you who is able to collect your child. If we are unable to contact you, you may wish to give the contact details of up to two persons who may (with their agreement) act on your behalf in an emergency. If you have no relatives in the area, then ask a friend, neighbour or childminder if they would be willing to act as an emergency contact.

Contact Priority 1 (if parents/carers not available)

Contact Priority 2 (if parents/carers not available)

Lunch Arrangements

The Education Funding Agency are committed to ensuring that those students who claim Free School Meals receive additional funding for their education so please do check your eligibility and claim if you are entitled to.

Medical Details

It is important that you provide us with information of the medical centre/surgery that your child is registered with.

Student's Medical Needs/Conditions

Please note that if your child has a long term, ongoing health needs they may require an Individual Health Care Plan (IHCP). The Academy will be in contact to arrange a suitable time to complete an IHCP with you.

It is helpful for the Academy to have copies of letters that diagnose conditions - please provide these in a sealed envelope for the attention of the SENCO at the Academy. Should your child suffer from any medical conditions that require them to take medication at school, this will be kept in a locked cupboard in our first-aid room. You need to provide us with the following:

  • Medication in its correct packet/container - blister packs for tablets are not acceptable.
  • Bottled medicine must be new and unopened, so we can monitor correct usage.
  • MUST have a dosage on the packet/bottle if an 'Over the counter medicine'
  • MUST have a prescription label if a prescription only medicine, with a valid 'from' date, expiry date, dosage and student's name on it. The label must be clear and not tampered with.
  • Written permission from the parent to administer the medication

It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to update the Academy of any changes to their child's medical needs

Special Education Needs (SEN)

If YES, please indicate below to confirm if your child is identified on the SEN register at their current school and if they have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP):

Ethnic Information

To help us and the local authority in monitoring equal opportunities you are asked to complete the following: Family's Ethnic Origin. (our ethnic background describes how we describe ourselves. This may be based on many things, including, for example, skin colour, culture, ancestry or family history. Ethnic background is not the same as nationality or country of birth.)

Travel Arrangements

If you believe your child may be entitled for free transport to Downham Market Academy, please refer to Norfolk County Council's web page.

Details of last school attended (prior to Downham Market Academy)

A representative of Downham Market Academy will contact your child's previous school, prior to the starting with us to gather relevant information to ensure that transition is smooth.

Service Children in School

Schools are now required to indicate whether a child has parent(s)/guardian(s) currently serving in regular military units of any of the armed forces, and designated as Personnel Category 1 or 2.

Children in care of a Local Authority

Parent / Carer Consent

We require permission from you for several things. Please fill in the permission tick boxes below. In an instance of an organiser needing to contact you whilst your child is participating in a school trip the contact details used will be those recorded on the Academy database - it is therefore essential that any changes to contact telephone numbers are notified to the Academy as quickly as possible. Likewise, any medical conditions which your child may develop over their time at the Academy should also be reported to us.


Throughout my child's time at Downham Market Academy, I give the following permissions for my child:

Local Visits

Use of Photograph/Video/DVD images

At Downham Market Academy we tale the issues of child safety very seriously, and this includes the use of images of pupils.

Biometric Data

Downham Market Academy operates a Cashless catering service. New students will be enrolled onto the system upon joining the Academy.

The method of recognition which Downham Market Academy has chosen is Thumbprint scanning. This system does not store any personal identity data on the system. When purchasing food from the canteen, your child will simply place their thumb on the reader when they arrive at the till.

Students whose parents/carers do not consent to the use of biometric data will still have a cashless catering account but this will be access manually by the till operators entering the student's name - operating accounts in this way means that transactions will take longer and also carries a higher risk of administrative error, whereby incorrect accounts could be inadvertently debited.

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