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Reception Class September 2018

Reception class start dates

Children born between:

  • 1 September 2012 - 31 August 2013 start school in September 2017
  • 1 September 2013 - 31 August 2014 start school in September 2018
  • 1 September 2014 - 31 August 2015 start school in September 2019
  • 1 September 2015 - 31 August 2016 start school in September 2020

Making changes to a school place for September 2018

You use the online form to make changes to a Reception and Year 3 application for September 2018, only once your application has been submitted and downloaded. You must not use this form to make changes to an in-year application. 

Any amendments received by midnight on 15 January 2018 will be considered in the 16 April 2018 allocation. Any submitted after this deadline will be processed at the end of April 2018.

If you have applied for a school place for September 2018 but would now like to make changes to that application you can do this through the online admissions system using the login details you created to setup an account.

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.

Attending school full-time or part-time

The reception place that will be offered will be for a full time place starting from September 2018.

Parents have the right to request part-time education up to the point where the child is of statutory school age. The school will decide what part-time provision they are able to offer. However the child must start school on a full time basis during the academic year 2018/19 and no later than the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday.

The table below sets out the options: 

Child’s birthday Options
1 September to 31 Dec (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.

Please note: attendance at a nursery attached to a school does not give you any priority for a place at that school.

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 below.

Defering 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.


If you are unhappy with the school place your child has been offered, you have a right to appeal to the independent appeals panel. Information relating to appeals along with the timetable for appeals to be heard are on our website. Academies, voluntary aided, trust and free schools are all responsible for their own appeals and you should contact these schools direct to discuss the process. You can only appeal for a school for which you have expressed a preference and have been refused. If you wish to appeal, it is a good idea to accept the place at the school you have been offered, as this will have no effect on the outcome of your appeal, and will prevent your child from missing out on a school altogether. The appeal panel’s decision is binding on the council and on parents/carers. There is a legal limit on the size of infant classes, set at thirty children. Where classes are at maximum capacity an appeal panel can only agree the appeal if it can be shown that the authority has made a mistake in applying its oversubscription criteria or has acted unreasonably.

Admissions timetable 2018-2019

Offer day 16 April
Closing date for appeals (20 school days) 15 May
All paperwork returned by the closing dates
must be heard by (40 school days)
17 July

All Appeals paperwork for Primary Schools received after the deadline will be heard within 40 school days of receipt.  Please note that this might mean it will be heard in September 2018.

Please note: this might mean it will be heard in September 2017.

Late applications offer day 14 May
Appeals will be heard within 40 school days of being lodged 11 June


All other In-year appeals will be heard within 30 schools days of receipt.