Lewisham Council - The age at which children start primary school

Primary school starting age

Children who were born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 are eligible to start Reception class in September 2018. 

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

Deferring a place

If your child is offered a place to start in September 2018 but you wish to defer taking the place until later in the same school year, you may do so and the place offered will be held for your child.

Alternatively your child may attend school part-time until they reach compulsory school age. You should speak to the headteacher of the school to discuss what support is available to help your child participate fully in school life.

Arrangements for a deferred admission or part-time placement should be made direct with the headteacher of the school concerned. 

Delayed entry into primary school for summer-born children

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 see the guidance below.



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


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