When children start reception

You can ask for your child to start school outside of their normal age group, in reception rather than Year 1, if :

  • they were born between 1 April and 31 August
  • you don’t think they’re ready to start school in the September after they turn 4

How to ask for your child to start in reception year

When you apply for a school place, you'll need to complete the application form to start school outside of the normal age group

You’ll need to give reasons for the request and include copies of any documents you have as evidence.

Send the completed form to by email to schooladmissions@brighton-hove.gov.uk. You can also print, complete and send the form by post to School Admissions Team, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ.

Application deadlines

Deadline to apply is 15 January 2020.

If there are exceptional reasons why you can't apply by this date, we will consider late applications until 8 March 2020.

What the evidence needs to show

Examples of evidence you share with us need to show:
  • that your child was born between 1 April and 31 August
  • information about your child’s personal, social, emotional and academic development
  • medical history and views of a medical professional, if relevant
  • if your child has been previously educated outside of their normal age group
  • if your child was born prematurely

What happens next

If you're applying for your child to go to a community school managed by the council our school admissions team will talk to the headteacher of the school.

If you're applying for your child to go to a voluntary-aided or free school, the school will look at your request.

We will let you know if your child can start in reception year before the National Offer Day on 16 April.

If your request is agreed

Your application to start reception in September 2020 will be cancelled. You will need to apply again to start reception in September 2021.

If your request is refused

We will continue with your application to start reception in 2020. You will need to decide if you want to accept the place or apply for a place in year 1 for September 2021.

More information

Download our school application guides for more information.