When should my child start school?

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When should my child start school?

In Brighton & Hove, children start school in the school year during which they have their fifth birthday.

The school year runs from September to August, so any child who reaches his / her fifth birthday between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 should start school in September 2018.

Your allocated school will tell you the starting date.

Children are allowed to start full-time in September or defer admission until they reach compulsory school age (or until the start of the summer term if this is earlier). Your child can also attend part-time initially but you will need to discuss this with the school at which your child has been offered a place.

Please see the table below to see what options are available to you.

Child's Birthday Options
1 September - 31 December (autumn born) Child can attend full or part-time from September or defer admission until January
1 January - 31 March (spring born) Child can attend full or part-time from September or defer admission until January or start of the Summer Term.
1 April - 31 August (summer born) Child can attend full or part-time from September or defer admission until January or start of the Summer Term.