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When to apply for a school place

The age your child will start school depends on when their birthday is. Children can start school from the September after their fourth birthday. However, by law children don't have to start school until the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday.
 
These are the dates that children would usually start school and when to apply for a school place:

Primary school

Child born between Starts primary school Apply between
1 Sep 2012 - 31 Aug 2013 Sep 2017 Sep 2016 - Jan 2017
1 Sep 2013 - 31 Aug 2014 Sep 2018 Sep 2017 - Jan 2018
1 Sep 2014 - 31 Aug 2015 Sep 2019 Sep 2018 - Jan 2019
1 Sep 2015 - 31 Aug 2016 Sep 2020 Sep 2019 - Jan 2020
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Aug 2017 Sep 2021 Sep 2020 - Jan 2021

 Secondary (high) school

Child born between Starts secondary school Apply between
1 Sep 2005 - 31 Aug 2006 Sep 2017 Sep 2016 - Oct 2016
1 Sep 2006 - 31 Aug 2007 Sep 2018 Sep 2017 - Oct 2017
1 Sep 2007 - 31 Aug 2008 Sep 2019 Sep 2018 - Oct 2018
1 Sep 2008 - 31 Aug 2009 Sep 2020 Sep 2019 - Oct 2019
1 Sep 2009 - 31 Aug 2010 Sep 2021 Sep 2020 - Oct 2020

Summer-born deferring or delaying school entry

Please read the following document if you are considering requesting a deferment: