Parents/carers of summer born children who could start school in September 2021, but wish to delay their child’s school start and apply for a Reception place to start in September 2022, should still make their application for a Reception place for their child’s normal year of entry before the primary application deadline of 5 p.m. on 15 January 2021. If a delay is agreed, this application can be withdrawn.
Parent/carers should also, if possible, make their request for admission to their preferred schools out of the normal age group by the same date - 15 January 2021 (5 p.m.). This is to enable sufficient time for requests to be processed prior to National Offer Day (16 April 2021). Requests will however still be considered after this date. Parents should check the individual school’s admission arrangements on their website to see how this request can be made. In their request, parents/carers should provide some information about their child to explain why they think that their child should be educated out of their normal age group. It is important for parents/carers to provide any additional evidence to support their request as this information will help the admission authority to make their decision e.g. parents/carers may be able to provide a report from the child’s Early Years setting or evidence from a health or social care professional.
In considering a parental request, the School Admissions Code requires admission authorities to consider a number of factors:
- the parent’s /carer’s views
- information about the child’s academic, social and emotional development
- where relevant, the child’s medical history and views of a medical professional
- whether the child may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely
- the views of the head teacher
As the admission authority for one school is not required to comply with a decision made by the admission authority of another school, it is important to make a request (for admission out of the normal age group) to every school where you wish to apply for a place.
Please note: The admission authority for all Community and Voluntary Controlled schools is NCC, whereas the admission authority for Academies, Voluntary Aided, Foundation and Free Schools, is either the Governing Body (VA and Foundation Schools) or the Academy Trust (Academies and Free Schools).