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.


If your child was born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015, they'll be able to start school in September 2019.

When to apply

Parents can apply for a place in the Autumn of the year before their child turns four 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 five years old, or your preferred school may already be full

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

Please note that the closing date for applications for Reception Class 2019 is 15 January 2019.

Late applications will be processed after the offer of places to all on-time applications on 16 April 2019 in accordance with Birmingham City Council’s published admissions arrangements.

Apply for Reception (late application) Reception applications are now closed

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