Birmingham City Council Admissions

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Girl in Class

School age - when can your child start at school?

Children in Birmingham can start school (Reception) in the September after their fourth birthday.

Example: If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, they'll be able to start school in September 2021.


Girls at Recess

When to Apply

Parents can apply for a place in the Autumn of the year before their child turns 4 years of age. It is important that you apply for a place as soon as possible:

  • attendance at a nursery class does not give a child automatic priority for a place

  • do not wait until your child is five years old, or your preferred school may already be full

In-year school admissions

Pupils usually start school at the start of the school year in September.


Sometimes your child will need to start or change school after this because:

  • You move house, either within or into Birmingham.

  • You want your child to change schools for other reasons.


If you have moved house you will need to fill in an Application for a Change of School In-Year form and take it to your preferred school with proof of address.