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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.

A child who reaches the age of five during the 2022/2023 summer term would reach compulsory school age in September 2023.

However, it is not possible to accept a place in the Reception Class for September 2022, but defer the child’s admission until the beginning of the 2023/2024 academic year, and if a child did not take up their place in a Reception Class in 2022/2023, a separate in-year application would need to be made for the child to enter the school in Year 1.

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.

If you are seeking to defer entry for your child proceed onto: Deferred entry guidance and deferred entry form.

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