Summer born children – starting school

If your child is born between 1 April and 31 August they're classed as a "summer born" child.

Children usually start Reception class in the September after their 4th birthday.

However, if your child is summer born, you might feel they're not ready to start school.

Applying for a Reception place

If your child’s date of birth is between 1 April and 31 August 2014

You can apply for a place to start as usual in September 2018, after their 4th birthday.

Or you may decide to delay your application and apply next year, to start in September 2019, after your child’s 5th birthday.

Discuss this decision with your child’s current nursery or early years provider.

If your child’s date of birth is between 1 April and 31 August 2013

Your child may have started Reception as usual in September 2017, after their 4th birthday.

However, if you decided to delay your application, make an application now for a place to start in September 2018, after your child’s 5th birthday.

We won't accept applications from families who have already accepted a Reception place to start in the 2017-18 academic year.

We have agreed that all community and voluntary controlled schools will accept “late” applications for summer born children.

However, some schools and academies are responsible for their own school admissions so this is their decision. The schools you'll need to contact about whether they'll accept an application for your summer born child are:

School Town

Bedmond Academy   

Abbots Langley

St John's Catholic Primary and Nursery School


St Mary's VA C of E Primary School  (Northchurch)


St Thomas More Catholic Primary


Victoria C of E Infant & Nursery School


All Saints C of E Primary and Nursery

Bishop's Stortford

Manor Fields Primary School

Bishop's Stortford

Northgate Primary School

Bishop's Stortford

St Michael's C of E VA Primary

Bishop's Stortford

Summercroft Primary School

Bishop's Stortford

Windhill21 School    

Bishop's Stortford

Parkside Community Primary School   


St Teresa's Catholic Primary School


Broxbourne CE Primary


Hartsbourne Primary School   

Bushey Heath

Flamstead End School


St Paul's Catholic Primary School 


Cuffley School 


All Saints C E (VA) Primary


Hormead C of E (VA) First and Nursery School

Great Hormead

Broadfield Primary School

Hemel Hempstead

Hammond Academy    

Hemel Hempstead

Nash Mills C of E Primary School    

Hemel Hempstead

St Rose's Catholic Infants' School and Nursery    

Hemel Hempstead

Hertingfordbury Cowper C of E VA Primary School 


St Andrew's C of E VA Primary School & Nursery


Roselands Primary School    


Chipperfield St Paul's VA C of E Primary School   

Kings Langley

St Paul's C of E Primary School


 Garden City Academy    


Norton St Nicholas C of E (VA) Primary School    


Little Heath Primary School    

Little Heath

St Bernadette RC Nursery and Primary School

London Colney

St Andrew's C of E Primary and Nursery

Much Hadham

Northaw C of E Primary School    


Hertsmere Jewish Primary School    


St Mary's C of E Primary


St Peter's C of E VA Primary School   


St Giles' C of E Primary School    

South Mymms

Warren Dell Primary School 

South Oxhey

Abbey C of E Voluntary Aided Primary School

St Albans

St Alban & St Stephen Catholic Infant & Nursery School    

St Albans

St Michael's C of E VA Primary

St Albans

Ardeley St Lawrence C of E VA Primary School   


Peartree Spring Primary School


St Nicholas C of E Primary School & Nursery (Stevenage)    


Great Gaddesden C of E Primary Schoo

The Gaddesdens

Little Gaddesden C of E VA Primary School    

The Gaddesdens

Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School

Waltham Cross

Grove Academy (The)    


Oxhey Wood Primary School    


Our Lady Catholic Primary (Welwyn Garden City)   

Welwyn Garden City

Rowans Primary School

Welwyn Garden City

St Michael's Woolmer Green VA C of E Primary School

Woolmer Green

Schools outside Hertfordshire

If you're interested in applying for a place at a school outside of Hertfordshire, you must contact the relevant authority to discuss whether they will accept your summer born application.

If you delay applying for Reception...

  • Your child will be allocated a place to start in Reception after their 5th birthday, as long as you apply during the normal Reception application round.
  • You won't get a reminder in the post to apply.
  • We'll treat your deferred application in exactly the same way as an application for a child who would normally start Reception in that year.
  • Your child will remain in that year group and move through the school with those children in their class. However, future decisions and exceptions are a matter for the school.

Staying at nursery another year

If your summer born child is in nursery and you want to keep the place another year rather than moving onto a Reception class, you must let your nursery know before the end of spring term. That's before the Easter break.

If you don't let the nursery know, they may offer the place to another child.

Free early education

You can get 15 hours free early education for 38 weeks a year from when your child is 3 up until the compulsory school age of 5.

If you decide to delay your child starting school, they will still get these hours until the age of 5.