It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that they apply for a school place for their children when entering Reception for the first time. Many parents are surprised at how far in advance they need to apply for a school place for their child, who may only be 3 years old at the time of applying.

Applications are invited every Autumn term (mid-September/early October) and the closing date for submitting applications is 15 January each year.

Authorities must enable pupils to enter Reception for the first time from the September after their 4th birthday. The dates below provide information as to which academic year pupils are entitled to attend according to their date of birth.

When will my child start Reception?

The majority of parents will apply and pupils will take up their place within these timescales.

Date of birth: 1 September 2011 to 31 August 2012

Your child will start in 2016/2017.

You can apply from Autumn 2015.

Closing date for applications is 15 January 2016.

Date of birth: 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2013

Your child will start in 2017/2018.

You can apply from Autumn 2016.

Closing date for application is 15 January 2017.

Date of birth: 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2014

Your child will start in 2018/2019.

You can apply from Autumn 2017.

Closing date for applications is 15 January 2018.

Date of birth: 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2015

Your child will start in 2019/2020.

You can apply from Autumn 2018.

Closing date for applications is 15 January 2019.

Date of birth: 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016

Your child will start in 2020/2021.

You can apply from Autumn 2019.

Closing date for applications is 15 January 2020.

Some parents may have concerns about their child beginning school because they are very young and they do not feel they are ready for full time education. 

There are options for parents to consider as long as they comply with the law which requires pupils to be in full time education from the beginning of the term following their 5th birthday.

Other options

Defer entry

You can request to defer entry until later in the academic year such as January or after Easter (but must be attending full time from the beginning of the term after their 5th birthday). Parents wishing to defer entry until later in the academic year, should discuss this with their child’s allocated school after allocations are confirmed each year.

Delay entry

You can request to delay admission into school until the term after their 5th birthday (statutory school age).  This option is only available for summer children.

Summer born children

Summer born children are pupils whose date of birth falls between 1 April and 31 August.

Parents of summer born pupils currently have the right to request that their child’s admission into full time education is delayed until the term after their 5th birthday: the following September which is the beginning of a new academic year.

Parents wishing to consider this option will then need to decide whether they wish their child to enter full time education in Y1 (child’s chronological year group) or Reception (education out of year group).

Any request must be made in writing to:

Nichola Furniss
Principal Admissions Officer
Moorfoot Building
Floor 5
Sheffield
S1 4PL

Consultation on school admission arrangements

The Local Authority determined its Admission Arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools on 15 February 2017.  The full report is available to view on the Democracy website.

Any objections to the determine arrangements must be made to the Schools Adjudicator by 15 May 2017.