Reception School Places

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Is your child due to start Primary School?

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

1 September 2015 - 31 August 2016 October 2019 - 15 January 2020 September 2020
1 September 2016 - 31 August 2017 October 2020 - 15 January 2021 September 2021
1 September 2017 - 31 August 2018 October 2021 - 15 January 2022

September 2022

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 – 31 August 2016 you must apply for a Reception place in a primary school or infant school for the academic year 2020/21. For more information on how to apply for a school place, and to complete the online application form, please go to:

The deadline for online application forms is: 15th January 2020.