What is the difference between Delayed and Deferred Admission?

Deferred Admission to Reception – this is a statutory right for parents though they must inform the school to prevent the place being withdrawn. Parents can hold off from the child starting in Reception until the start of term after the 5th birthday but only during their chronological Year Group. Eg an October-born child can defer up to the start of the January term. A March-born child can defer up to the start of the January or the start of the Easter term, as can an August-born child. They can start earlier, mid-term but cannot defer beyond the start of the term after the 5th birthday. There is no need to reapply; the school must keep the place for the child.

Delayed Admission to Reception – this is not a right but parents of summer-born children can request that the child holds off starting in Reception until the start of term after the 5th birthday: that is the September after the 5th  birthday. The admissions authority for the school must consider requests on a case by case basis, taking the views of the head teacher into account. If agreed, parent must reapply in the next normal round of admissions, alongside all other applicants.

Parents of summer-born children can hold off admission to the following September but for a Year 1 place, that is, staying in the child’s chronological Year Group. That would be an in-year application from the summer half term of what would have been the child’s Reception year. Often, the school will already have been filled at the normal round or during Reception.