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Delaying when your child starts primary school

Children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 can start Reception class in September 2018. 

Legally, children must start full-time education from the beginning of the school term after their fifth birthday. 

Deferring a place​

If your child is offered a primary school place to start in September you might want to defer it until later in the same school year. You can defer a place and it will be held for your child.

Your child could also go to school part-time until they reach compulsory school age. You need to speak to the headteacher of the school to talk about the support available to help your child take part fully in school life.

If you would like to arrange for your child to have a deferred admission or part-time placement, you need to speak to the headteacher of the school concerned. 

Delaying when your child starts primary school

​If your child was born between 1 April and 31 August (is a summer-born child), you can apply to delay their start to primary school by a year.

Please read the guide below.

Contact

Admissions and Appeals Team
Third Floor
Laurence House
1 Catford Road
Se6 4ru
Tel:
020 8314 8282

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