All children are entitled to start in a Reception class in the September after their fourth birthday. Children do not, however, have to start school in September if it is felt that they are not ready. The statutory school age, by which a child must start school, will remain as the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday.
Parents should be aware that if they choose to delay a child's entry to school until the following September, the child could go straight into Year 1 rather than Reception.
The application process will begin around twelve months before your child is eligible to start school.
|Date of birth||Apply between||Can start school|
|1 September 2012 - 31 August 2013||October 2016 - 15 January 2017||September 2017|
|1 September 2013 - 31 August 2014||October 2017 - 15 January 2018||September 2018|
|1 September 2014 - 31 August 2015||October 2018 - 15 January 2019||September 2019|
If your child was born between 1 September 2012 – 31 August 2013 you must apply for a Reception place in a primary school or infant school for the academic year 2017/2018.
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Voluntary Aided, Trust, Foundation Schools and Academies
If you wish to apply for a Foundation, Voluntary Aided and Trust school or Academy you must also complete a supplementary information form (available from the school). The completed form should be returned directly to the school. For more information and details of these schools please view our Primary School Information Booklet.