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When will my child start primary school?

Question:
When will my child start primary school?
Answer:

Your child will usually start full-time in a reception class in the September prior to their fifth birthday.

  • September 2023 - children's dates of birth from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019
  • September 2024 - children’s dates of birth from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020
  • September 2025 - children’s dates of birth from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021

Reception class forms part of a child's entitlement to the "Early Years Foundation Stage".

Children are not classed as compulsory school age until the term after their fifth birthday and therefore legally do not have to be in full time education until this time.

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