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Admissions: Applying for a School Place

We aim to ensure Houldsworth Valley is a happy, caring and welcoming school where we give careful consideration to the individual needs and circumstances of our children and their families to ensure they settle quickly and are able to reach their full potential.

Our vibrant and exciting learning community has the highest expectations and aspirations for all our pupils. We are committed to ensuring our children have the brightest of futures, high attainment and on-going success.

Houldsworth Valley Primary Academy is in the process of becoming a two-form entry primary school. This development, which includes significant expansion, will be completed in full by 2019.

We currently have two classes per year group from Reception through to Year 3 and one class for Years 4 to 6.

Admission Number

The Academy has a Published Admission Number of 60 for entry in Reception.

The Academy will accordingly admit this number of pupils to Reception each year if there are sufficient applications. Where fewer applicants than the published admission number for the Reception year are received, the Academy Trust will offer places at the Academy to all those who have applied. 


Although the Academy will decide its own admissions, the local authority co-ordinates all Normal Year of Entry Admissions in its area, and will communicate all admission decisions to parents. In-year applications should be made directly to the Academy.  

Procedures for applying to Houldsworth Valley are explained in the publication Admission to Schools in Suffolk.  Parents should make themselves familiar with this information and take particular note of the definitions provided, dates and deadlines, which apply to Houldsworth Valley admission arrangements unless stated otherwise in this document.   

Applications must be made using the Suffolk Normal Year of Entry Application Form (CAF1), which is available from Suffolk County Council on 0345 600 0981 (local rate) or Houldsworth Valley. Applications can also be made online at

No completed forms will be accepted at the school. There is also the ADM1 for in-year applications. The deadline for ordinary Reception admissions will be that published in the Admission to Suffolk Schools Publication. This date is Monday 15th January, 2018.

Houldsworth Valley Primary Academy Admission Criteria ~ September 2018 document

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