This is just a selection of #summerborn children from our ever growing campaign group who very happily started school in Reception class this month – at compulsory school age.
They are the lucky ones, who have won the postcode lottery (school or council) in the areas of East Riding of Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Powys Wales, Bristol, Kent, Essex, Poole, Lambeth, Surrey, Norfolk, Devon, South Devon, West Sussex, Suffolk, Whitley Bay North Tyneside, Redbridge London, Hammersmith and Fulham London, Isle if Wight, Barnstaple Devon, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cumbria, Sutton Coldfield Birmingham, Sheffield, Wiltshire, Lewisham London, Dorset, Mid Devon and South Gloucestershire.
This has to be one of my favourite posts on this website so far.
The parents of these children couldn’t be more happy that they have been able to give their children the start to school life that they feel is in their child’s best interests.
An age 4 early start is the equally valid choice of other parents, but there were some children starting school at age 4 this month who did so against their parents’ wishes – and purely because their school or council is refusing CSAge 2017 entry to Reception class.
- Written by author and journalist Pauline Hull