Last updated:
8 February 2016

Admission of children outside their normal year group

Apply for your child to be educated outside their normal year group.

The Department for Education expect pupils to be educated in their correct chronological year group. Find out which is the correct year group for each age range.  

Only in exceptional cases should a child be be educated outside their year group.  

If you need further guidance on deferred or delayed admissions, back-classing and acceleration please read the document below. It also explains how we deal with these applications.  

Apply for a delayed admission to reception class 

A delayed admission is when a child starts school having reached statutory school age and starts outside of their chronological year group.

Before applying for a delayed admission please read the guidance above. Completed application forms should be returned to the relevant admissions office.  

Apply for back-classing

A back-classing arrangement is when a child who has already been in receipt of education repeats an academic year and is therefore educated outside of their chronological year group.

This includes where a child has had a delayed admission and is now transferring to junior or secondary school.

Before applying for back-classing please read the guidance above. Completed application forms should be returned to the relevant admissions office

Apply for acceleration

An acceleration arrangement is when a child who has already been in receipt of education advances an academic year and is therefore educated outside of their chronological year group.

It would be rare for a pupil to have an acceleration arrangement from the September following their fourth birthday but consideration will be made under the acceleration arrangement.

Before applying for acceleration please read the guidance above. Completed application forms should be returned to the relevant admissions office

 

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