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Deferred entry / Summer born

Compulsory school age

By law, parents must ensure that their children are receiving suitable full- time education at the beginning of the term after their 5th birthday.

However, in Birmingham, children are admitted to Reception Class in the September at the start of the academic year in which they reach five years of age.

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), and not beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year of which the offer was made.

Alternatively, a parent has the right 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.

In both cases above a school place is held for the child until they take it up.

Parents must notify the school in writing of their intention to delay their child’s start date.

A child who reaches the age of five during the 2021/2022 summer term would reach compulsory school age in September 2022.

However, it is not possible to accept a place in the Reception Class for September 2021, but defer the child’s admission until the beginning of the 2022/2023 academic year, and if a child did not take up their place in a Reception Class in 2021/2022, a separate in-year application would need to be made for the child to enter the school in Year 1.

If you are considering deferring your child’s admission to primary or infant school until the beginning of the 2022/2023 academic year, it is important that you read our guidance relating to deferred entry