Starting school in Reception - September 2017

Login to the online admissions website to find out which school your child has been allocated.

Children must start school in the term following their fifth birthday, most children will start school when they are four years old.

If your child was born on or between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013, they will start school in September 2017 in the reception class, which is the first year of infant or primary school.

Late Reception Application

From 18 April 2017, anyone wishing to apply for a reception place for September 2017, will need to complete a Late paper application form.

Late Reception Application Form - Sept 2017

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Infant, Junior and Primary Schools admissions guide

The parents and carers guide will help you choose the right school and understand how the application process works. The guide provides a profile of all of Peterborough infant, junior and primary schools alongside information about admission arrangements. Please read it carefully, look at the school websites and visit the schools in your area before applying. 

As part of the school admissions process you will be asked to provide proof of address, the guide below will help you to make sure you have provided the correct information and avoid any delays in the application.

Primary school admissions booklet- September 2017

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Proof of address guide

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Reception class start dates

Children born between:

  • 1 September 2012 - 31 August 2013 start school in September 2017
  • 1 September 2013 - 31 August 2014 start school in September 2018
  • 1 September 2014 - 31 August 2015 start school in September 2019
  • 1 September 2015 - 31 August 2016 start school in September 2020

Making changes to a school place application for the current academic year 2016/17

You may use this form to make changes to a Reception, Year 3 or Year 7 application for September 2017 once your application has been submitted and downloaded. You must NOT use this form to make changes to an in-year application. 

Any amendments received by midnight on 31 October 2016 for Year 7 for September 2016 will be considered in the 1 March 2017 allocation. Any submitted after this deadline will be processed at the end of March 2017.

If you have applied for a school place for September 2017 but would now like to make changes to that application you can do this through the online admissions system using the login details you created to setup an account.

Admissions guidance for Special Schools

You can find detailed guidance about admissions for Special Schools on the education page of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) section.

Attending school full-time or part-time

The reception place that will be offered will be for a full time place starting from 5 September 2016.

Parents have the right to request part-time education up to the point where the child is of statutory school age. The school will decide what part-time provision they are able to offer. However the child must start school on a full time basis during the academic year 2016/17 and no later than the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday.

The table below sets out the options: 

Child’s birthday Options
1 September to 31 Dec (Autumn born) Child can attend full-time or part-time from September or defer admission until January
1 Jan to 31 March (Spring born) Child can attend full-time or part-time from September or defer admission until January or Easter
1 April to 31 August (Summer born) Child can attend full-time or part-time from September or defer admission until January or Easter

You need to make an application for a Reception class place even if your child currently attends a Nursery class at the same school.

Please note: attendance at a nursery attached to a school does not give you any priority for a place at that school.

Delaying admission

If your child is a ‘summer born’ and you prefer to delay admission to the following year September, your child would normally be considered for admission into Year 1 rather than the reception year. In exceptional circumstances, summer born children may be admitted to school in a different year group.

This is usually due to concerns in relation to a child’s development. If you are considering requesting to delay your summer born child's admission to Reception class to the following school year please read the guidance sheet below.

Defering admission

If you choose to defer admission to later in the academic year, you must discuss it with your allocated school when you accept the school place. Where a place is deferred, it cannot be given to another child but you must enter school by the beginning of the school term following their fifth birthday and within the school year for which the offer was made.