Admission to school

provided by the Children's Services Department

When will my child start school?

Schools offer places to all children from the Autumn term after their fourth birthday. Children born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 will usually start school in September 2016.

Children are entitled to 38 weeks of school in their first (reception) year.  Most children will start school full-time from the second week of term, week beginning 12 September 2016.  Parents can request that their child's admission is deferred until later in the school year (usually at the start of a school term and before the end of the academic year) but not beyond compulsory school age, at the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday.  Parents can also request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age.

Children with birthdays between:

  • 1 September and 31 December 2011 (inclusive) reach compulsory school age on 31 December 2016, at the start of the Spring term;

  • 1 January and 31 March 2012 (inclusive) reach compulsory school age on 31 March 2017, at the start of the Summer term;

  • 1 April and 31 August 2012 (inclusive) reach compulsory school age on 31 August 2017, at the start of the new school year.

Parents of children with birthdays between 1 April and 31 August 2012 (inclusive) who are particularly concerned about their child's readiness for school may wish to request admission to Year R in September 2017 rather than admission to Year 1. If you child's birthday falls within this period and you are considering making such a request, please refer to our section on decelerated admission for summer born children.

Please note that attendance at an early years setting, nursery school or unit cannot be taken into account when considering admission to an infant or primary school.

Entitlement to a free pre-school place in September 2016

Under its early years education scheme, Hampshire County Council will fund 570 free hours in a pre-school setting for your child's eligible year. More details.

There are restrictions; you cannot access a free pre-school place if your child attends, or is due to attend another County nursery school, mainstream or special school (including nursery or special unit) in the same term.

Please note that if you wish to defer entry to school your current free pre-school setting may or may not be able to continue to offer your child a place: you must discuss your request with them.

Future admission dates:

Children born from 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2013 start school in September 2017.

Children born from 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2014 start school in September 2018.

Children born from 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2015 start school in September 2019.