Summer born children – starting school

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

Applying for a Reception place

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

However, if your child is “summer born” (their date of birth is between 1 April 2014 and 31 August 2014), you might feel they're not ready to start school.

If your child is summer born, 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 you delayed applying for Reception...

If your summer born child was born between 1 April 2013 and 31 August 2013, you can apply for a place to start in September 2018.

Applications won't be accepted from families who have accepted places to start in Reception 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 decision is theirs to make. The schools you'll need to contact about whether they'll accept an application for your summer born child are:

Schools to contact about a summer born application

Find a school's contact details

 

School Town

Bedmond Academy   

Abbots Langley

St John's Catholic Primary and Nursery School

Baldock

Bridgewater Primary School

Berkhamsted

Greenway Primary & Nursery School

Berkhamsted

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

Berkhamsted

St Thomas More Catholic Primary

Berkhamsted

Swing Gate Infant and Nursery School

Berkhamsted

Victoria C of E Infant & Nursery School

Berkhamsted

Westfield Primary School

Berkhamsted

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   

Borehamwood

St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

Borehamwood

Broxbourne CE Primary

Broxbourne

Hartsbourne Primary School   

Bushey Heath

Flamstead End School

Cheshunt

St Paul's Catholic Primary School 

Cheshunt

Cuffley School 

Cuffley

All Saints C E (VA) Primary

Datchworth

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 

Hertingfordbury

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

Hitchin

Roselands Primary School    

Hoddesdon

Chipperfield St Paul's VA C of E Primary School   

Kings Langley

St Paul's C of E Primary School

Langleybury

 Garden City Academy    

Letchworth

Norton St Nicholas C of E (VA) Primary School    

Letchworth

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    

Northaw

Hertsmere Jewish Primary School    

Radlett

St Mary's C of E Primary

Rickmansworth

St Peter's C of E VA Primary School   

Rickmansworth

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   

Stevenage

Peartree Spring Primary School

Stevenage

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

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)    

Watford

Oxhey Wood Primary School    

Watford

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

 

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.