Here is a list of some of the councils and schools that now allow summer born children the automatic right to enter Reception class at CSAge – without any costly, combative and time-consuming requirements for parents to provide arbitrary reasons and evidence.
Also, unlike other admissions authorities, they do not require parents to submit a primary school application for age 4 entry while their age 5 entry request is being processed – there is no appetite or need for two bites of the cherry. We say thank you to:
Liverpool City Council
“Following a review of reception class deferral requests and mindful of the DfE’s statement of intent to make it a future automatic right for parents of summer born children to defer reception class in an upcoming review of the School Admissions Code, Liverpool Local Authority has taken the decision to adopt a protocol whereby any future requests for reception class deferral for community and voluntary controlled schools from the parents of summer born children will be approved for reception class deferral for the following year.”
Cumbria County Council
“In line with government recommendation, the county council will admit these children into a Reception class a year later than usual at their parents’ request. These children will remain eligible for their full entitlement to schooling, and will subsequently transfer to junior (where applicable) and secondary school with other children in the year group in which they have been educated, rather than with their ‘chronological cohort’.
Other requests, for early or delayed transfer to secondary school, for example, will be considered on their individual merits. Unlike delayed entry for summer-born children, others have no automatic right to education outside of their chronological age group, although there is no legal bar to this.”
“If your summer born child was born between 1 April 2012 and 31 August 2012, you can apply for a place to start in September 2017. We have agreed that all community and voluntary controlled schools will accept “late” applications for summer born children. However, some schools and academies are responsible for their own school admissions so this decision is theirs to make. Contact the school or academy direct to discuss the application for your summer born child.”
“Following the government’s announcement in September, the Council has recommended to all state schools in its area that requests are approved without the need for parents to provide supporting evidence. The Council is the admission authority for community schools in Wandsworth. For academies, foundation schools, free schools or voluntary aided schools, the decision as to whether to accept an application for delayed admission rests with the school itself in line with current School Admission Code. Please contact these schools direct for further advice.”
Devon County Council
“Summer-born children (born from 1 April to 31 August) can also defer until January or Easter or to the next September with a fresh application for year 1 or for delayed admission to reception. We have issued this guidance to parents following an open letter to parents, schools and local authorities from Nick Gibb, Schools’ Minister on 8 September 2015, giving a commitment from the government that the School Admissions Code will be amended… Admissions authorities are encouraged to agree to requests with immediate effect, ahead of any amendment of the Code.
We are encouraging academies and free, voluntary aided and foundation schools to have the same approach but decisions remain with OAA and they may still refuse to offer a place in that next year’s reception. You should discuss your wishes with any schools you are interested in for your child. An admission authority makes decisions about admissions for a school.”
Mariposa Primary (Free) School, Harrow
“Correspondence from the Department for Education and Government Ministers confirms they will soon be updating the School Admissions Code to give greater power to parents and carers to decide whether their summer-born child starts school aged 4 or 5. They will also be ensuring that once a child joins a cohort, they cannot be forced to ‘skip a year’ or ‘catch up’ by a different school in the future. In advance of this change, the Governors of Mariposa Primary School will honour the judgement of parents about what is in the best interests of the child, unless there are exceptional reasons why this shouldn’t be the case. If your child is born between April and August, please make your application to the school as normal, attaching a formal request for an out-of-year admission. We do not require any additional evidence.”
National Governors’ Association (NGA)
“The NGA encourages governing boards who are the admissions authority for their school to allow summer-born children to defer and begin reception a year later should parents wish for this to happen.” (June 5, 2015 newsletter; 3 months prior to Nick Gibb MP’s letter)
There are also some admissions authorities worth mentioning for their openness (and very often willingness) to allow Reception class entry at CSAge.
There is no automatic right, but parents tend to report very positive experiences of the admissions process to the Summer Born Campaign. We thank these progressives too:
- Hampshire County Council
- East Sussex County Council
- Sheffield City Council
- Nottinghamshire County Council
- Brighton and Hove City Council
- Oxfordshire County Council
- Lewisham County Council