Birmingham City Council

Starting Reception Class


Children in Birmingham can go to school in the September after their fourth birthday. If your child was born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010, he / she will be able to start school in September 2014.

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
  • It is important that you make an application for a school place at the earliest opportunity. If you delay applying until your child has reached statutory school age, your preferred school may already be full.

    You may defer your child’s admission to school until the beginning of the term following your child’s fifth birthday. For example, where a child’s fifth birthday falls between 1 September 2014 and 31 December 2014, the parent / carer may defer their child’s admission until the beginning of the spring term (ie: January 2015). Likewise, where a child’s fifth birthday falls between 1 January 2015 and 31 March 2015, the parent / carer may defer their child’s admission until the beginning of the summer term (ie: April 2015).

    In the case of a child whose fifth birthday falls between 1 April 2015 and 31 August 2015, the child can start school at the beginning of the 2014 / 2015 academic year (September 2014). However, the parent / carer’s legal duty to ensure that their child is receiving suitable full-time education does not arise until the beginning of the following academic year (September 2015), when the child will be of compulsory school age.

    If you are considering deferring your child's entry to a school you should discuss this with the Headteacher, following your offer of a school place.

    If your child attends a nursery class, this does not mean that he or she will automatically get a place in the infant school to which the nursery is linked or attached. Parents with children in a nursery class must apply for a reception year place at the school in the same way as any other parents.

    • 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 2013? 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 Placement 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

    0121 303 1888 (option 4)

    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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