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Delaying school entry

The term summer-born relates to all children born from 1 April to 31 August. These children reach compulsory school age on 31 August following their fifth birthday.

Request to delay entry when starting school for the first time for summer-born children

Children are normally allocated to their chronological year group. Where a parent considers that their summer-born child will not be ready and would like their child to work a year behind; the admissions authority would consider such requests in accordance with their policy relating to admission outside the normal age group.

Things to consider before requesting delayed entry for summer-born children

Parents should consider that their child will be in a different year group from the one that they are supposed to be in and the long-term impacts of this.

Deferred or part-time entry offers flexibility for children who aren’t quite ready to start school or need a phased entry to give them time to settle in. Parents should consider these options which might be good alternatives to delayed entry.

Delaying entry into reception will usually involve an extra year with an early year’s provider which may not be full-time. The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum in a reception class in school is able to provide a co-ordinated education approach as well as the opportunity to play.

Where a parent’s request is agreed, they must make a new application as part of the main admissions round the following year. Parents should be aware that when making an application the following year the request for a place out of a chronological year group may not be to the same admission authority that agreed their original request, and as such may not have the same outcome.

Parents have a statutory right to appeal against the refusal of a place at a school for which they have applied. This right does not apply if you are offered a place at the school but it is not in your child’s preferred age group

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