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When can my child start school?

9 November 2018

Children reach the compulsory school age on the September after they turn 5.

You have the right to send your child to school on a full-time basis from the September after they turn 4, providing they have been allocated a school place.

See when your child can start school.

Born on up to and including
1 September 2016 to 31 August 2017Starts in the 2021 to 2022 academic year  – apply from November 2020
1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016Starts in the 2020 to 2021 academic year  – apply from November 2019
1 September 2014 to 31 August 2015  Starts in the 2019 to 2020 academic year  – apply from November 2018

Delaying your child’s entry to school

You can delay your child’s admission to school until later in the school year, either part-time or full-time, but not beyond the beginning of the term after they turn 5.

Children must be in full-time education at the beginning of the school term after they turn 5.

If you are planning to delay your child’s start date until later in the school year, you must still apply for a place in the primary or infant school round admissions.

You should speak to schools to discuss how you would like your child to be admitted.

You can find more information in the Primary Education in Essex booklet.