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 2018

You can apply for a place to start as usual in September 2022, after their 4th birthday.

Or you may decide to delay your application and apply next year, to start in September 2023, 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 2017

Your child will usually have started Reception in September 2021, after their 4th birthday.

However, if you decided to delay your application, make an application from November 2021 for a place to start in September 2022, after your child’s 5th birthday.

We won't accept applications from families who have already accepted a Reception place to start in the 2021-22 academic year.

All Hertfordshire community and voluntary controlled schools will accept applications for summer born children.

 

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.

 

Schools responsible for their own admissions

Many schools and academies are responsible for their own school admissions and this is their decision.

You will need to contact the following Hertfordshire schools about whether they'll accept an application for your summer born child:

Schools responsible for their own admissions

TownSchoolDfE number

Abbots Langley

Bedmond Academy

 2071

Berkhamsted

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

3315

 Berkhamsted

St Thomas More Catholic Primary

 3402

 Bishop's Stortford

Avanti Meadows Primary School

 2097

 Bishop's Stortford

All Saints C of E Primary and Nursery

 3393

 Bishop's Stortford

Northgate Primary School

 2009

 Bishop's Stortford

St Joseph's Catholic Primary (Bishop's Stortford)

 3318

 Bishop's Stortford

St Michael's C of E VA Primary (Bishop's Stortford)

 3319

 Bishop's Stortford

Summercroft Primary School

 3986

 Bishop's Stortford

Windhill21

 3979

 Borehamwood

Meryfield Primary School

 2156

 Borehamwood

Parkside Community Primary School

 5202

 Borehamwood

St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

 3384

 Bovingdon

Bovingdon Primary Academy

 2003

 Broxbourne

Broxbourne CE Primary

 3344

 Cheshunt

Churchfield C of E Academy 

 2063

 Cheshunt

Flamstead End School

 2001

 Cockernhoe

Cockernhoe Endowed C of E Primary School

 3358

 Cuffley

Cuffley School

 5205

 Datchworth

All Saints C E (VA) Primary

 3329

 Goffs Oak

 Woodside Primary School

 2401

 Great Amwell

 St John The Baptist VA C of E Primary School

 3334

 Great Hormead

 Hormead C of E First School

 3347

 Hatfield

 Countess Anne School - A Church of England Academy

 3406

 Hatfield

 De Havilland Primary School

 2112

 Hemel Hempstead

 Broadfield Academy

 3991

 Hemel Hempstead

 Hammond Academy

 2337

 Hemel Hempstead

 Jupiter Community Free School

 2042

 Hemel Hempstead

 Nash Mills C of E Primary School

 3302

 Hemel Hempstead

 St Rose's Catholic Infants' School and Nursery

 3409

 Hertingfordbury

 Hertingfordbury Cowper C of E VA Primary School

 5203

 Hitchin

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

 3385

 Kings Langley

 Chipperfield St Paul's VA C of E Primary School

 3349

 Langleybury

 St Paul's C of E VA Primary & Nursery School (Hunton Bridge)

 3301

 Letchworth

 Garden City Academy

 2029

 Letchworth

 Norton St Nicholas C of E (VA) Primary School

 3350

 Little Heath

 Little Heath Primary School

 5207

 London Colney

 St Bernadette RC Nursery and Primary School

 3416

 Long Marston

 Long Marston Voluntary Aided C of E Primary School

 3373

 Much Hadham

 St Andrew's C of E Primary and Nursery

 3353

 Northaw

 Northaw C of E Primary School

 5209

 Park Street

 Park Street Church of England Primary School and Nursery

 3364

 Radlett

Hertsmere Jewish Primary School 

 2092

 Rickmansworth

 St Mary's Church of England (VA) Primary School

 3359

 Royston

 St Mary's Catholic Primary

 5200

 Shenley

 Clore Shalom School

 5213

 South Oxhey

 Oxhey Wood Primary School

 2137

 South Oxhey

 Warren Dell Primary School

 2135

 St Albans

 Mandeville Primary

 2099

 St Albans

 St Alban & St Stephen Catholic Primary School & Nursery

 3421

 St Albans

 St Michael's C of E VA Primary

 3363

 St Albans

 The Abbey C of E Voluntary Aided Primary School

 3361

St Ippolyts

 St Ippolyts C of E (Aided) Primary School

 3348

Stevenage

 Peartree Spring Primary School

 2198

Stevenage

 Roebuck Primary School and Nursery

 2024

Stevenage

 St Nicholas C of E Primary School & Nursery

 3369

The Gaddesdens

 Little Gaddesden C of E VA Primary School

 3352

Waltham Cross

 Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School

 3326

Waltham Cross

 St Joseph's Catholic Primary

 3327

Watford

 Alban Wood Primary School and Nursery

 
3981

Watford

 Knutsford Primary Academy

 2130

Watford

 St Anthony's Catholic Primary School

 3428

Watford

 St Catherine of Siena Catholic Primary School

 5211

Watford

 The Grove Academy

 2035

Watford

 The Orchard Primary School

 2115

Welwyn Garden City

 Our Lady Catholic Primary

 3382

Welwyn Garden City

Springmead Primary School

2081

Welwyn

 St John's CE VA Primary (Digswell)

 3376

Welwyn Garden City

 Waterside Academy

 2296

Wheathampstead

 Beech Hyde Primary and Nursery School

 2086



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 delayed 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.