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Is it possible for my child to start in reception later than they should?

Is it possible for my child to start in reception later than they should?

Your child can start school part-time until they reach compulsory school age if you wish. 

The date your child starts school could also be later in the same academic year. In this case we encourage you to discuss this with the headteacher of the preferred or allocated school.

Summer Born Children (children born between 1 April and 31 August)

Parents who choose not to send their child to school until they reach the compulsory school age of 5, have the right to apply for admission into Reception rather than Year 1.

You must make your application by 15 January, supported by information that outlines why your child should not go into Year 1 alongside children within the correct age group.

Note: we cannot keep a space available in the correct age group for a year if you choose not to admit your child at the normal age of entry (September after a child turns 4). 

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