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Admission of children outside their normal age group

We're committed to ensuring all children start school when they're ready and for the transition to take place at the right time for each child. We acknowledge that parents are usually best placed to make this decision and will endeavour to support families throughout this process.

If the child is gifted and talented, has missed school due to medical grounds or for any other reason

Families may request a place for their child outside of his/her normal age group in any year group if:

  • the child is gifted and talented
  • the child has experienced problems such as ill health

For further information and the process for making such requests, read:

Summer born children

Additionally, families of summer born children may request that their child starts school in the September following his/her fifth birthday outside of the child's normal age group - to start in the reception year rather than in year 1.

In recent years, the government announced their intention to carry out a public consultation and amend the School Admissions Code 2014, in order to make it easier for families of summer born children to defer their child's reception place. Following this announcement, we provided families with an updated information letter (pdf, 44kb)confirming Southwark's position and setting out key points for families to note. The letter must be read in conjunction with our policy on admission of children outside their normal age group (pdf, 142kb) (September 2021 normal intake).

For further information and the process for making such requests, read:

While we wait for any confirmed changes from the government, every request made to defer the admission of a summer born child to reception at a community school will be considered in the spirit of the government's announcement. As we may be responding to potential changes part way through the admissions process, we aim to make this process as smooth as possible.

How to request for admission outside of the normal age group

If you'd like to defer your child's school place so that s/he is admitted outside of their normal age group, download and complete our request form (pdf, 64kb). Your completed request forms must be returned by email. Please do not return your request form by post as we are no longer accepting documents by post.

Page last updated: 28 August 2020

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