Primary schools not being filled in Watton and Swaffham, figures reveal

Watton Westfield Infant and Nursery School. Picture: Corvus Academy Trust

Watton Westfield Infant and Nursery School. Picture: Corvus Academy Trust - Credit: Archant

Schools in Watton are left with empty spaces as the new year of reception students are accepted, figures reveal.

Figures from Norfolk County Council show that all but one school have spaces remaining as of April 16, when offers for primary school places were made.

Watton Westfield Infant and Nursery School has the most spaces out of schools in the area with 13 spaces free out of a possible 90.

Head of Westfield Infant, Helen Kemp, said: "We are fortunate to have lovely, spacious new classrooms which have allowed us room for growth to accommodate the families in our expanding market town.

"As is typical in each school year, some families may have missed the admissions deadline in January, or may move into the area over the summer, and we expect that there may be some movement in numbers before they become final."

Since the figures were released Westfield is currently at 90pc for September first admissions as a further four spaces have been offered.

This is followed by Weeting Primary which has nine spaces out of 26.

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The next school with the most amount of spaces left is the Thomas Bullock Church of England Primary Academy, in Shipdham, with four spaces left out of 30.

This is followed by Parker's CE VC Primary School, in Saham Toney, and St. Peter and St. Paul Carbrooke Church Of England Primary Academy, near Carbrooke, which both have two spaces left.

Only one school had to turn away students and that was Ashill VC Primary School who turned away five pupils as it had reached its total of 15.

Headteacher Steve Creasey said: "Our current pupil admission numbers are set at 15 and this is under regular review by the headteacher and governing body.

"We're very pleased that this year, all children within our defined catchment area who are due to start Reception in September."

Swaffham has three primary schools that have had figures released by the county council.

Narborough Church of England Primary School Academy is the only school to be full and not have turned pupils away with all 15 spaces a counted for.

Gooderstone Church of England Primary Academy only has 10 spaces available and of those fix have been filled.

Swaffham CE VC Infant School is one of the largest schools in the area with 60 available spaces. All of these have been filled and seven students have had to be turned away.