Summer-born children: school admission

Guidance about school admissions for children born in the summer.


Admission of summer-born children in schools: advice

Delayed school admissions for summer-born pupils (2019)


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.

The 2019 report updates findings from the 2018 report. It covers the following information for the 2017 and 2018 academic year:

  • local authorities’ admissions policies for parents of summer-born pupils requesting to delay entry to reception aged 5

  • the number of requests made and accepted to delay entry of summer-born pupils to reception until aged 5

  • local authorities’ encouragement of parental engagement with schools on this issue

It also compares the above data with that from the 2017 survey, to show trends across 4 academic years (2016 to 2019).

Published 26 July 2013
Last updated 9 September 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added document 'Delayed school admissions for summer-born pupils (2019)' and summary of information it covers for the 2017 to 2018 academic year.
  2. Added 'Delayed school admissions for summer-born pupils' and updated details to reflect change.
  3. Updated advice document to take into account changes resulting from the publication of the revised school admissions code.
  4. Updated document clarifies the compulsory school age.
  5. First published.