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 2013 and 31 August 2013), 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 2017, after their 4th birthday.

Or you may decide to delay your application and apply next year, to start in September 2018, 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 2012 and 31 August 2012, you can apply for a place to start in September 2017.

Applications won't be accepted from families who have accepted places to start in Reception in the 2016-17 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. If you're thinking of applying to one of the following schools, you'll need to contact them direct to see if they will accept an application for your summer born child:

Schools to contact about summer born children

School nameTown

St John's Catholic Primary and Nursery School


All Saints C of E Primary and Nursery

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

Bovingdon Primary Academy


Broxbourne CE Primary


Flamstead End School


Chipperfield St Paul's VA C of E Primary School


Christ Church Chorleywood C of E School


Cockernhoe Endowed C of E Primary School


All Saints C E (VA) Primary


St John's CE VA Primary


Great Gaddesden C of E Primary School

Great Gaddesden

Harpenden Academy


St Nicholas C of E VA Primary


Nash Mills C of E Primary School

Hemel Hempstead

St Albert the Great Catholic Primary School

Hemel Hempstead

Hertingfordbury Cowper C of E VA Primary School


St Joseph's Catholic Primary


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


St Cross Catholic Primary School


Garden City Academy

Letchworth Garden City

Little Gaddesden C of E VA Primary School

Little Gaddesden

St Peter's C of E VA Primary School

Mill End

Northaw C of E Primary School


Park Street C of E V A Primary School & Nursery

Park Street

Little Heath Primary School

Potters Bar

St Giles' C of E Primary School

South Mimms

Abbey C of E Voluntary Aided Primary School (The)

St Albans

Samuel Ryder Academy (Primary)

St Albans

St Michael's C of E VA Primary

St Albans

Peartree Spring Primary School


Grove Academy (The)


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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.