When does my child have to start school?
The law says that a child must start school no later than the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday.
In Southampton we recognise that an early start to education is vital in laying firm foundations for a child's future learning. All children living in the city are able to start school before this.
All four year olds can attend a reception class (Year R) in the September of the school year in which they become five.
The table below shows which year children should start school.
|Children born between||Start school in|
|1 September 2009 - 31 August 2010||September 2014|
|1 September 2010 - 31 August 2011||September 2015|
|1 September 2011 - 31 August 2012||September 2016|
|1 September 2012 - 31 August 2013||September 2017|
Information on infant and primary schools
You can download a copy of the admissions policies on our admissions policies and information page.
The following pages provide further information on infant and primary schools in Southampton:
Please also see our frequently asked questions, which are listed below.