School Admissions

Summer Born Children - Delayed Entry

If you have a summer born child that is four during the period 1 April to 31 August 2021 and you want to delay your child’s entry in to school it is important that you read the delayed entry guidance from the Department for Education (DfE).

The request for delayed entry should be made by the primary school admissions closing date of Friday 15 January 2021. We are aware that in some circumstances this may not be possible and ask that you submit your request as soon as possible prior to National Offer Day, which is the Friday 16 April 2021.

The DfE guidance and the School Admissions Code allow parents to delay entry of their children into the school system. School admission authorities are required to provide a school for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday, however flexibility exists for children whose parents do not feel they are ready to begin school at this point.

School admissions authorities are responsible for making the decision on which year group a child should be admitted to and are required to make a decision based on circumstances of the case. The local authority will make the decision for all community and voluntary controlled schools on the Isle of Wight.  If you are applying to an Academy, Aided, Foundation or Trust School the request will be forwarded to them and they will make the decision. Please be aware that if you have not already contacted the school they may contact you to discuss your request.

There is no statutory barrier to children being admitted outside of their normal year group.

Prior to applying for delayed entry in to primary school, please ensure you discuss your request fully with each Headteacher of the preferred school/s you are listing on your Delayed Entry Request Form.  Please be aware that although you will have had discussions with the Headteacher of your preferred school/s and your request to delay entry in to reception class confirmed, it cannot be guaranteed that your child will be offered a place at one of your preferred schools in reception for September 2021, as they will still be part of the admissions process for that academic year.

In addition to formally requesting a delayed entry place, it is advisable that you make an application as part of the main admission round for the relevant September intake, until a decision on your request for delayed entry has been approved.

Transferring to Secondary School

Ideally, your child will continue to be educated within the year group they have been taught in at primary school but this is not guaranteed and your request for delayed entry will have to be reassessed when the time comes for your child's birth date year group to transfer to secondary school. 

When your child's birth date year group are due to transfer to secondary school you will need to speak to the Headteacher(s) of the secondary school/s that you are hoping your child will attend and request delayed entry in writing for your child to continue to be educated in the delayed entry year group. The admission authority of the secondary school will decide whether to educate the child out of their normal age group e.g. they may require your child to transfer in their academic age group, which may mean a transfer at the end of year 5 or they will be able to transfer at the end of year 6 and will have to commence year 8.  It is recommended that you complete an application form for a secondary school place alongside your formal request to be taught in the delayed entry year group, as there is no guarantee that the secondary school will approve your request.

Application Process

  • Download and complete the form
  • Return completed form to the School Admissions and Transport, Isle of Wight Council, County Hall, High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD

  • The request for delayed entry should be made by the primary school admissions closing date of Friday 15 January 2021. We are aware that in some circumstances this may not be possible and ask that you submit your request as soon as possible prior to National Offer Day, which is Friday 16 April 2021