Starting school in year R

Legally, a child must start school no later than the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday.

All four year olds can attend a reception class (Year R) in the September of the school year in which they become five.

You may wish to request your child starts school outside their normal age group. Please read the accompanying page about entry into reception year.

Reception class start dates

Children born between:   

  • 1 September 2013 - 31 August 2014 start school in September 2018
  • 1 September 2014 - 31 August 2015 start school in September 2019
  • 1 September 2015 - 31 August 2016 start school in September 2020
  • 1 September 2016 - 31 August 2017 start school in September 2021

School details