School age - when can your child start school?

Reception is the first year of primary school. It comes after Nursery, but before Year 1.

Children in Birmingham can go to school (Reception) in the September after their 4th birthday.

Example

If your child was born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014, they'll be able to start school in September 2018.

When to apply

Parents can apply for a place in the Autumn of the year before their child turns 4 years of age. It is important that you apply for a place as soon as possible:

  • attendance at a nursery class does not give a child automatic priority for a place
  • do not wait until your child is 5 years old, or your preferred school may already be full

You can list up to 3 preferred schools when you apply.

Apply for Reception

Once you’ve submitted your preference form you will not be able to change it unless you have a genuine reason for doing so, such as moving home.