Children usually start school in the September following their fourth birthday.
If you feel that your child is not ready to start school you can ask to defer their start into Reception until later in the school year.
You can only do this once your child has been allocated a school place, you will need to contact the head teacher if you want to request deferred entry.
Part time attendance
Your child will be offered a full time place in a Reception class. However, you may wish to consider part time attendance until they reach compulsory school age.
This may be preferable to deferring your child’s entry until later in the school year as this will give them the opportunity to settle in gradually and start to make friends at the same time as other children in the class.
Once your child has been allocated a school place, you will need to contact the head teacher if you want to request part time attendance.
Summer born children deferred entry
Children reach Statutory School Age (SSA) in the term following their fifth birthday. This means that summer born children do not have to start school until the September a year after from when they could have first been admitted.
If your child was born between 1 April and 31 August and you choose to not to send them to school until the September after their fifth birthday, they will start in Year 1. However, you can request they are admitted to Reception rather than Year 1.
You must make your request by completing the Request for Deferred Entry form (PDF) and submitting it together with your supporting evidence.
School Admissions Team
2 Bristol Avenue
Telephone: 020 8359 7651
Enquiries: contact us online