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Starting Reception Class

Overview

Children in Birmingham can go to school in the September after their fourth birthday. If your child was born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012, he/she will be able to start school in September 2016.

By law, you must ensure that your child is receiving suitable full-time education at the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday.





Essential Information
  • Deferred entry

    Parents may, however, defer their child’s admission to primary or infant school until later in the school year, but not beyond the beginning of the first academic term after the child’s fifth birthday (the time when the child reaches compulsory school age). Alternatively, a parent may make a request for their child to be admitted on a part-time basis during the Reception Class year but not beyond the point that they reach compulsory school age.


    A child who reaches the age of five during the 2016 / 2017 summer term would reach compulsory school age in September 2017. However, it is not possible to accept a place in the Reception Class for 2016/2017 but defer the child’s admission until the beginning of the 2017 / 2018 academic year, and if a child did not take up their place in a Reception Class in 2016/17 a separate application would need to be made for the child to enter the school in Year 1.


    Parents of children who reach the age of five during the summer term of the 2016 / 2017 academic year who are considering deferring their child’s admission to primary or infant school until the beginning of the 2017 / 2018 academic year should note that, as the overwhelming majority of children in Birmingham start school at the start of the academic year in which they reach the age of five, it is likely that some or all of the parents’ preferred schools will not have vacancies in their child’s year group if they apply for a place in Year 1 (these places having been allocated to children who started school the previous year).


    It is important that all parents/carers make an application for a school place at the earliest opportunity. If you delay applying until your child has reached compulsory school age, your preferred school may already be full. If you are considering deferring your child's admission to school, you should:


    • Discuss this with the head teacher following your offer of a school place.
    • Be aware that if your child’s fifth birthday falls during the 2016/2017 summer term and you wish to defer your child’s admission until the beginning of the 2017/2018 academic year (when he or she will have begun to be of compulsory school age), you will need to make a separate application for a place normally in Year 1 for that academic year. Any Reception Class place offered following an application made during the 2016/2017 admission round will be withdrawn if the child does not take up that place during the 2016/2017 academic year.
    • Note that, as almost all children in Birmingham start school at the start of the academic year in which they will reach the age of five, it is likely that some or all of your preferred schools will not have vacancies in Year 1 because these places will have been allocated to children who started school the previous year in the Reception Class.
    • Only apply for maintained schools (including those outside of Birmingham) on the Local Authority Preference Form
    • Fill in the preference form clearly (on both sides)
    • Do any of your preferred schools require another form to be completed? Check the primary education opportunities booklet located at the bottom of this page
    • Does your child have any siblings who already have a place at one of the schools you are applying for and will still be there in September 2016? If yes, make sure you put their name and date of birth on the preference form
    • Make sure you choose at least one school where your child is most likely to meet the admission criteria. This is likely to be your nearest school where one of the main admission criteria is distance
    • Put down three different schools on the preference form
    • Do not put down the same school more than once as it is counted as one application
    • Provide proof of address
    • Return the preference form by the deadline date to the School Admissions and Pupil Placements Service. (See contact detail in the essential information section)
    • If your child has a statement of special educational needs or will have a completed statement by autumn half term, please contact the SENAR Team
  • You can find helpful information from a variety of sources, including:

    • School open sessions
    • School prospectuses
    • Parents' information booklet - Primary Education, which can be downloaded from the foot of this page

    Please note: Once you have submitted your preference form you will not be able to change these preferences unless you have a genuine reason for doing so. For example, if you move home. You are only allowed to appeal for schools that are included on your Preference Form.


  • Children’s Information and Advice Service

    Telephone:
    0121 303 1888 (option 4)

    Post:
    School Admission and Pupil Placement Service
    PO Box 16513
    Birmingham B2 2FF

    Opening Hours:
    Monday to Thursday: 8.45 am to 5.15 pm
    Friday: 8.45 am to 4.15 pm
    Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays: Closed




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