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 2016

You can apply for a place to start as usual in September 2020, after their 4th birthday.

Or you may decide to delay your application and apply next year, to start in September 2021, 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 2015

Your child will usually have started Reception in September 2019, after their 4th birthday.

However, if you decided to delay your application, make an application from November 2019 for a place to start in September 2020, after your child’s 5th birthday.

We won't accept applications from families who have already accepted a Reception place to start in the 2019-20 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:

TownSchools DfE

Abbots Langley

Bedmond Academy

 2071

Baldock

St John's Catholic Primary and Nursery School (Baldock)

 3413

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

Northgate Primary School

2009

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

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

Great Amwell

St John The Baptist VA C of E Primary School

3334

Great Hormead

Hormead C of E First School

3347

Hemel Hempstead

Broadfield Academy

3991

Hemel Hempstead

Chambersbury Primary School

2210

Hemel Hempstead

Hammond Academy

2337

Hemel Hempstead

Jupiter Community Free School

2042

Hemel Hempstead

Lime Walk Primary School

2422

Hemel Hempstead

Nash Mills C of E Primary School

3302

Hemel Hempstead

St Albert the Great Catholic Primary School

3391

Hemel Hempstead

St Rose's Catholic Infants' School and Nursery

3409

Hertford

St Joseph's Catholic Primary (Hertford)

3341

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 (Much Hadham)

 3353

Northaw

Northaw C of E Primary School

 5209

Offley

Offley Endowed Primary School

 3357

Park Street

Park Street Church of England Primary School and Nursery

 3364

Radlett

Hertsmere Jewish Primary School

 2092

Rickmansworth

St Peter's C of E VA Primary School

 3360

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

Warren Dell Primary School

2135

St Albans

Mandeville Primary (St Albans)

2099

St Albans

St Alban & St Stephen Catholic Infant & Nursery School

3362

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 Nicholas C of E Primary School & Nursery (Stevenage)

3369

Tewin

Tewin Cowper C of E VA Primary School

3370

The Gaddesdens

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

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

Oxhey Wood Primary School

2137

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

Holy Family RC Primary School

3404

Welwyn Garden City

Our Lady Catholic Primary (Welwyn Garden City)

3382

Welwyn Garden City

Waterside Academy

2296

Wheathampstead

Beech Hyde Primary and Nursery School

2086

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.