For the purposes of school admissions, the Department for Education defines summer born children as those born between 1 April and 31 August each year.

Deferred start

All school places are offered for a September start in the relevant academic year.

Once a school place has been offered for reception year for the start of the academic year, parents or carers have the right to defer entry until later in the same academic year. This is to be discussed and agreed with the school offered.

The offered place can be held open until the agreed deferred start date. No school place can be held beyond the end of the academic year in which it was offered for example, a delayed start until the following September.

Children must, legally, be in education no later than the term following their fifth birthday.

Delayed start

Parents or carers of children born in summer children can ask for a delayed entry into reception year until the following academic year to be considered. This would place a child outside of the normal (chronological) year group.

Read the admission of summer born children protocol for details of Medway Council’s process for handling requests for delayed start by a whole academic year.