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 2017

You can apply for a place to start as usual in September 2021, after their 4th birthday.

Or you may decide to delay your application and apply next year, to start in September 2022, 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 2016

Your child will usually have started Reception in September 2020, after their 4th birthday.

However, if you decided to delay your application, make an application from November 2020 for a place to start in September 2021, after your child’s 5th birthday.

We won't accept applications from families who have already accepted a Reception place to start in the 2020-21 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 summeVolunteer at your libraryr 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:

Summer born schools

 Town Schools DfE

Abbots Langley

 Bedmond Academy

2071

 Albury

Albury Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary (Bishop's Stortford)

3303

Berkhamsted

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

3315

Berkhamsted

St Thomas More Catholic Primary (Berkhamsted)

3402

Berkhamsted

Victoria C of E Infant & Nursery School

3314

Bishop's Stortford

All Saints C of E Primary and Nursery (Bishop's Stortford)

3393

Bishop's Stortford

Avanti Meadows Primary School

9995

Bishop's Stortford

Northgate Primary School

2009

Bishop's Stortford

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

3319

Bishop's Stortford

Windhill21

3979

Borehamwood

Meryfield Primary School

2156

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 (Cheshunt)

2001

Cockernhoe

Cockernhoe Endowed C of E Primary School

3358

Cuffley

Cuffley School

5205

Datchworth

All Saints C E (VA) Primary (Datchworth)

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

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

High Cross

Puller Memorial C of E Voluntary Aided Primary School

3366

Hitchin

Our Lady Catholic Primary (Hitchin)

3399

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

Much Hadham

St Andrew's C of E Primary and Nursery (Much Hadham)

3353

Northaw

Northaw C of E Primary School

5209

Park Street

Park Street Church of England Primary School and Nursery

3364

Potters Bar

Pope Paul Catholic Primary School

3975

Radlett

Hertsmere Jewish Primary School

2092

Rickmansworth

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

3359

Royston

St Mary's Catholic Primary (Royston)

5200

Shenley

Clore Shalom School

5213

South Mymms

St Giles' C of E Primary School

5204

South Oxhey

Oxhey Wood Primary School

2137

South Oxhey

St Joseph's Catholic Primary (Watford)

3383

South Oxhey

Warren Dell Primary School

2135

St Albans

Mandeville Primary (St Albans)

2099

St Albans

Ss Alban and Stephen Catholic Primary School

3421

St Albans

The Abbey C of E Voluntary Aided Primary School

3361

St Ippolyts

St Ippolyts C of E (Aided) Primary School

3348

Stevenage

Broom Barns Primary School

2169

Stevenage

Peartree Spring Primary School (Stevenage)

2198

Stevenage

Roebuck Primary School and Nursery

2024

Stevenage

St Margaret Clitherow Roman Catholic Primary School

3397

Stevenage

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

3369

Stevenage

St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School

3977

Tewin

Tewin Cowper C of E VA Primary School

3370

The Gaddensdens

Little Gaddesden C of E VA Primary School

3352

Tring

Grove Road Primary School

2436

Waltham Cross

Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School

3326

Waltham Cross

St Joseph's Catholic Primary (Waltham Cross)

3327

Watford

Alban Wood Primary School and Nursery

3981

Watford

Ascot Road Community Free School

2043

Watford

Bromet Primary School

2385

Watford

Knutsford Primary Academy

2130

Watford

Lanchester Community Free School

2049

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

St John's CE VA Primary (Digswell)

3376

Welwyn Garden City

Our Lady Catholic Primary (Welwyn Garden City)

3382

Welwyn Garden City

Springmead Primary School

2081

Welwyn Garden City

Waterside Academy

2296

Woolmer Green

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

3378



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.