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Process for parents/carers applying for a Reception class place for September 2022

By law, parents/carers must ensure that their child is receiving suitable full-time education at the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday. In Birmingham, however, your child can go to school in the September after his or her fourth birthday. 

Parents/carers should submit an online application from 1 October 2021 and by 15 January 2022 (the final closing date). We would strongly recommend that you ensure you read the ‘Primary School Admissions Criteria 2022 Information’ prior to submitting your application. In addition to this, most schools will hold virtual open sessions where parents can talk to teachers or view the school’s own prospectus etc. Please visit your preferred school’s website for further details. 

Parent/carers that wish to defer entry for their summer born child due to start in Reception in September 2022 must also adhere to this same deadline.   Please visit the School Admissions website for information about the process.

Online applications will receive an immediate email confirmation when the application is submitted. Those online applicants who have not provided an email address will not receive an acknowledgement, so it is very important that you include an email address. If you have not received an acknowledgement by 15 January 2022, then you should call Children’s Services on 0121 303 1888 to confirm that your application has been received.

Online applicants that submit their application with a valid email address will be sent an offer by email on 19 April 2022. Parents/carers that submitted an online application without a valid email address will be sent an offer letter by first class post which should arrive from 19 April 2022 and should be delivered by the end of that week. Finally, please remember, you do not need to have the internet at home. You can apply online from any device with internet access or if you are able from a computer whilst at work.

If you have any questions about your child starting school, please do not hesitate to contact a member of Children’s Services on 0121 303 1888 where staff will be pleased to offer their assistance.

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