This page is for parents who have children turning 5 years old between 1 April and 31 August, and are considering delaying their child’s entry to reception year.
The legal age for children starting school is 5. Children born between April and August can start in September before they turn 5. Once a child has a school place, there are a few options parents can discuss with the school, such as:
- starting school on a part time basis initially
- starting later in the academic year – deferred start
If you want to delay entry until the following September – you can ask for your child to be admitted into a Reception class instead of Year 1. Please be aware there is no legal duty for the school to agree to this. You should visit and/or discuss with the school and speak to staff before submitting a “Request for delayed entry into Year R” form. There may be different reasons why a delayed entry may not be the best option for your child and experienced school staff can help with advice. Starting part-time or a bit later in the academic year may be a better option for your child; school staff can advise on this. You should also speak to any relevant professionals involved with your child – including nursery staff, health visitors, therapists etc. to get supporting evidence. This will help the admissions authority in making a decision. If a child is undergoing assessment for an Education and Health Care Plan (or has one) you should also speak to the Special Educational Needs team.
You will need to fill out a “Request for delayed entry into Year R” form. To request the form:
- email firstname.lastname@example.org or
- phone 023 92 68 8008 or
- visit our school admissions page.
You must return the completed form as well as the starting school application form by 15 January.