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.
Requests to delay entry should be made by the parent in writing to the School Admissions Team, using the form to request to be educated out of year group. No later than the 31 December in the preceding year of the child's scheduled entry to reception class.
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 2017 - 31 August 2018||October 2021 - 15 January 2022||September 2022|
|1 September 2018 - 31 August 2019||October 2022 - 15 January 2023||September 2023|
|1 September 2019 - 31 August 2020||October 2023 - 15 January 2024||September 2024|
If your child was born between 1 September 2017 - 31 August 2018 you must apply for a Reception place in a primary school or infant school for the academic year 2022/2023.
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If you are applying for a faith school or grammar school, you should check with the school whether you need to complete a supplementary information form. The supplementary forms should be obtained from, completed and returned to the school. A supplementary form is not an application for a school place.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) faith schools
Some faith schools have amended their admissions arrangements regarding church membership and worship to reflect the coronavirus. Please refer to individual schools for their up to date information.
Last updated: 20/07/2021 14:09