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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




  • The deadline for applications for a Reception Class place in a Birmingham primary school, starting in September 2016 is 15 January 2016.

    October 2015

    If you live in Birmingham and your child attends a community or private nursery in the city, you should receive information from your local authority (Birmingham City Council, Directorate of Children, Young People and Families) via post about how to start your child at school in the reception year for September 2016.

    Information can also be obtained from primary schools and libraries in Birmingham.

    If you live outside Birmingham you are welcome to apply for a place in one of the City’s schools. You must apply to the local authority in which you live (i.e. the Council to which you pay your Council Tax) for their Preference Form. You can include Birmingham schools on that form and return it to them.

    If your child has a statement of special educational needs or will have a completed statement by autumn half term, please refer to SEN Statements page.

    4 December 2015 You should apply online or return your completed preference form to School Admissions and Pupil Placements Service (See contact detail in the Essential Information section) by Friday 4 December 2015.
    15 January 2016

    This is the final date for acceptance of applications or change of preference through moving address etc.

    If you have not received an acknowledgement of your preference form before this date you should call the Children’s Information and Advice Service on 303 1888 (option 4).

    18 April 2016 An email will be sent to those applicants who have applied online for their child’s reception year place ahead of postal notifications.
    18 April 2016 You will be sent a letter on this date to let you know the reception year place we are offering your child. Letters will be sent by first class post and should arrive at your home address by Tuesday 19 April 2016.
    3 May 2016 You must complete and return the reply slip at the bottom of your offer letter by Tuesday 3 May 2016, indicating whether or not you are accepting the place offered.

    Failure to reply by this date means you are at risk of losing the offer made.

    17 May 2016 You must complete any appeal forms for community and voluntary controlled schools and return them by this date to School Admissions and Pupil Placement Service. (See contact detail in the essential information section)

    Please visit the School Appeals Enquiry page for more information on how to appeal.

    If you wish to appeal for schools or academies in other local authorities you should contact the relevant authority to establish their appeal arrangements. Contact details on this page provides some useful information for nearby local authorities.

    19 July 2016 Date by which all appeals received on time (by 17 May 2016) will be heard.
    September 2016

    School starts.

    The school your child is offered will inform you about arrangements for starting in the reception class.

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