Summer-born children: school admission

Guidance about school admissions for children born in the summer.



This is for:

  • local authorities
  • school admission authorities
  • parents of summer-born children

It applies to local-authority-maintained schools. It explains how school admission authorities must operate to provide school admissions for summer-born children.

You should read it in conjunction with the ‘School admissions code’.

The 2018 report includes the findings of surveys given to local authorities and the parents of summer-born children who have asked to delay their child’s admission to reception.

Published 26 July 2013
Last updated 17 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Delayed school admissions for summer-born pupils' and updated details to reflect change.
  2. Updated advice document to take into account changes resulting from the publication of the revised school admissions code.
  3. Updated document clarifies the compulsory school age.
  4. First published.