Deferring Entry to Primary School for Summer-Born Children - NCC

Type of service:
Local Government Department
Northamptonshire County Council, One Angel Square, Angel Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN1 1ED
Telephone number:
0300 126 1000
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Children born between 1 April and 31 August are referred to as ‘summer-born children’ for the purposes of school admission. Children usually start school full-time (Reception class) in the September following their fourth birthday.

The School Admissions Code requires school admission authorities to provide for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday. However, children do not reach compulsory school age until the 'prescribed day' following their fifth birthday.

Parents of summer-born children are sometimes concerned that their child is not ready to start school in the September following their fourth birthday. If this is the case, parents can request to defer their child’s entry to school by a whole year until they reach compulsory school age. This means the child will be admitted to Reception, rather than Year 1 with their chronological peers. Therefore, the summer-born child would not start school at all during the academic year after their fourth birthday.

Please note: The law only provides the right to apply for Reception deferment to the next September - it does not guarantee that this will be granted.

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Age range:
4 years - 5 years
Eligibility criteria:
  • Open to everyone
Referral route:
  • No referral needed
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