Form to defer a school application

Delay admission to reception class for children born 1 April to 31 August.

Parents of children born between 1 April 2015 and 31 August 2015 may request that their application is deferred for entry to an infant and primary school in September 2020.

You need to make the request by 15 January. Any requests received after this date will still be processed, however, it may take longer to respond.

There is no legal barrier to children being admitted outside their normal year group but it is relatively uncommon. Complete this form if you would like to make a formal request – it will be for the admissions authority and the relevant school to make a decision as to which year group the child will be admitted.

Defer a school application

Who makes the decision?

Decisions on deferral requests are made by the Governors, or Board of Directors, for academies, free schools and church aided schools. The decision for community schools is made by the Admissions and Transport Services Manager, in liaison with headteachers.

What happens next?

If the request is agreed to, it does not guarantee a place for your child at your preferred school and adds no weight to the application. The application will be considered alongside all others and any available places will be allocated in accordance with the school’s published admissions rules.

If the request is refused, there is no right of appeal against the decision, and you should submit an application for infant or primary school no later than 15 January 2019 to start during the 2019/20 academic year.

Further information

Full information on deferrals (admission outside the normal age group) can be found in a letter by the School Admissions Service Manager (pdf format, 206Kb).