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Admission to a year group different to that determined by date of birth

From time to time parents seek places for children in a lower or higher age group. In most cases differentiation of the curriculum and/or additional support within their age group should usually address particular issues. Parents are encouraged to discuss any concerns with the Headteacher of the school.

The School Admissions Code requires Admission Authorities to consider requests for admission outside the normal year group and take account of the circumstances of each case. 

For community and voluntary controlled schools in Poole, this policy sets out the process and criteria for considering these requests. You also need to complete an Out of Year Group Application Form.

For academies, foundation or voluntary aided schools, the application must be made to and considered by the Governing Body of the school and not the Local Authority.

It is important that parents who are considering applying for a year group different to that determined by Date of Birth talk to the local authority and relevant school(s) as early as possible.

Deferred entry to reception year

All children can start in reception on a full-time basis in September 2016. If you would like your child to start on a part-time basis please discuss with the Headteacher.

The School Admissions Code requires school admission authorities to provide for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday.

Parents can defer the date their child is admitted to school until later in the school year but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age or, for children born between 1 April and 31 August, not beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year for which the offer was made

By law, children have to be in full-time education by the start of the term following their fifth birthday. If you do not take up the offer of a school place during your child’s Reception year, you would normally be expected to apply for a place in Year 1. You need to be aware that Year 1 in the school you were originally offered could be full at this stage.

Parents/carers can discuss options with the Headteacher of the school at which their child has been offered a place.

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