The tongue-in-cheek letter below was written by a parent to vent their frustration at the absurdity of the current school admissions system for summer born children, and the possibility or even likelihood that their child will have to skip a whole year of school in the future, solely because he entered Reception class AT compulsory school age and not before.
It is based on the very real situation parents and children are finding themselves in, and exposes the illogical stance that the DfE is taking by supporting ‘local decisions’ to re-shuffle children back into their ‘correct’ and ‘normal’ age group.
“Dear County Council,
I’m considering taking my 9 year old son out of school for a year and wondered if you could advise which year of education it would be most appropriate for him to miss?
I’m aware through my correspondence with you regarding my younger son that missing a year’s education is not an issue in [County] since your schools are so good at differentiating the curriculum, but I wondered which one it would be most appropriate to skip?
My younger son’s school have suggested that he may have to move forward without attending year 3, so I assume that year mustn’t be important, and it seems unfortunate that my eldest son however has already wasted time studying that curriculum.
Would it be ok therefore if I keep my eldest son at home for year 6, and then he can re-join his cohort in year 7, since this is another year that it’s been suggested my younger son may be able to miss?
Or perhaps it’s the first year of secondary school that is most unimportant (it’s also been proposed that my younger son moves straight from year 6 into year 8)?
As you can see I’m really confused by this issue, as I don’t want one son wasting time in school doing a curriculum that isn’t really important, and I’m having difficulty working out which year would be best for my other son to miss.
I’d be grateful for your guidance on this issue. Also can you confirm that we won’t be fined for my eldest son missing a year of his education? After all, if it’s ok for his brother to miss a whole year of study, it should be ok for him too shouldn’t it?