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 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
  • 1 September 2017 - 31 August 2018 start school in September 2022

School details