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School years

If your child was born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 they will be due to start infant or primary school in September 2018. The deadline to apply for their school place is Monday 15 January 2018. If you miss the deadline you can still apply, but you'll need to follow Surrey's late application process.

In Surrey all children between the ages of five and sixteen are entitled to a free place at a state school. Most children will start school the September following their fourth birthday. However, children are not legally required to be in education until the beginning of the term after they turn five.

If you feel your child is not quite ready to start a full time school place you can ask for them to attend part time, or even defer entry until they reach the legally required age. If you decide to defer entry it cannot be beyond the start of the final term of the academic year that the offer was made. And, even if you defer your child’s school place you will still need to apply by the given deadline and must discuss this with the school's headteacher.


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