Delayed admissions to Reception

You may be able to:

  • delay (defer) your child’s admission to primary or infant school until later in the school year
  • ask for your child to attend school on a part-time basis during their Reception Class year

In both the above cases, you must make sure your child is in full-time education at the beginning of the school term immediately after their 5­th birthday (compulsory school age). 

If your child’s offered a Reception place for 2018 to 2019, you cannot accept the place and then delay their admission until 2019 to 2020.

If you don’t accept the place you are offered:

  • your child’s offer will be withdrawn
  • you will need to make a separate application for a Year 1 place

You should note that the majority of children in Birmingham start school during the school year in which they turn 5 years old. If you are considering delaying your child’s admission to primary or infant school, you may find your preferred schools are full when you apply for a Year 1 place. This is because the places have been given to children who started school in the previous year.

If you’re considering delaying your child’s admission to school, you should discuss it with the head teacher once your child’s been offered a place.