National Offer Day - 18 April
Starting school or moving up to Junior school
16. When your child can start school
Legally your child does not have to start school until the term after his or her fifth birthday. This is called 'statutory' or 'compulsory' school age, and they must then go to school full time.
It is possible to 'defer' your child starting until later in the school year. If you wish to do this it is best to discuss it with your child’s school first. If this is what you decide to do then the school has to keep the place for your child until later in the year and cannot offer that place to another child.
Child with their fifth birthday between 1 September and 31 December
You can ask for your child's place to be deferred until the beginning of the Spring Term 2018 (January 2018). This place will be kept for your child once you have let the school know that this is what you want.
Child with their fifth birthday between 1 January and 31 March
You can ask for your child’s place to be deferred until the beginning of the Spring Term 2018 (January 2018) or the beginning of the Summer Term 2018 (April 2018). This place will be kept for your child once you have let the school know that this is what you want.
Child with their fifth birthday between 1 April and 31 August
You can ask for your child's place to be deferred until the beginning of the Spring Term (January 2018) or the beginning of the Summer Term 2018 (April 2018).
You can also legally defer the school place until September 2018 but the offer of a school place in Reception will be withdrawn and you will have to re-apply for a place in Year 1. This will be treated as a new application and there is no
guarantee that a place will be available at your preferred school.
Delayed Entry for Summer Born Children
Delayed entry to school is where a parent holds back their child from joining the correct year group for their age so that they start school a year later than they are due to, into the Reception class.
Whilst you are considering delayed entry, you are still advised to submit an application for a school place for the September following your child’s fourth birthday. You can always withdraw your application or decline the offer if it is agreed that your child should be held back a year.
If the admission authority for the school agrees that your child should have a delayed start to Reception this does not mean that a place will be held for your child at your preferred school until the following year. It means that you will be
able to apply again for a place in Reception a year later. Your child may or may not be allocated a place at your preferred school.
If you have decided that you want to request delayed entry you should read the information on the Placement of Pupils out of their Chronological year Group.
Last updated: 14 March 2017