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Admission to Reception 2021

Admission to Reception, or Year 3 in September 2021

Information about how to apply for a place for your child in Reception, or Year 3, if you child currently attends an Infant School, will be available on the Peterborough City Council website on Thursday 12 September 2020.

Before you get started, it's important to check if this applies to your child. Children born between:

  • 1 September 2016 - 31 August 2017 start school in September 2021

You will need to apply after the application round opens on 12 September 2020 and before the national closing date of 15 January 2021.

If you have made an application in the first round, you can make any changes to  your preferences or address via our "Amendment Form" which can be found in the Parent Portal.

Making changes to a school place for September 2021

Any changes to your application form received by midnight on 15 January 2021 will be considered in the 16 April 2021 allocation. Any submitted after this deadline and by 30 April 2021 will be considered in the second round of allocations, week commencing 13 May 2021.

Delaying admission

If your child is a ‘summer born’ and you prefer to delay admission to the following year September, your child would normally be considered for admission into Year 1 rather than the reception year. In exceptional circumstances, summer born children may be admitted to school in a different year group.

This is usually due to concerns in relation to a child’s development. If you are considering requesting to delay your summer born child's admission to Reception class to the following school year please read the guidance sheet.

Deferring admission

If you choose to defer admission to later in the academic year, you must discuss it with your allocated school when you accept the school place. Where a place is deferred, it cannot be given to another child but you must enter school by the beginning of the school term following their fifth birthday and within the school year for which the offer was made.

The table below sets out the options: 

Child's birthday Options
1 September to 31 December (Autumn born) Child can attend full-time or part-time from September or defer admission until January
1 Jan to 31 March (Spring born) Child can attend full-time or part-time from September or defer admission until January or Easter
1 April to 31 August (Summer born) Child can attend full-time or part-time from September or defer admission until January or Easter

 

You need to make an application for a Reception class place even if your child currently attends a Nursery class at the same school.

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Admissions guidance for Special Schools

You can find detailed guidance about admissions for Special Schools on the education page of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) section.