Defer Entry to School

If your child has not had their 5th birthday before they are due to start primary school, you can defer your child's entry to primary school by a year.

If your child is deferring entry to school for a year, you can:

  • automatically get an extra year of early learning and childcare funding if their 5th birthday is in the period 1 January to the end of February (inclusive);
  • apply to the council and request an extra year of early learning and childcare funding if their 5th birthday is in the period from the start of the new school year in August to 31 December (inclusive) - the council will decide if your child will get an extra year of funding.

How to apply

Defer entry applications for the school term starting August 2023 are open until 1 February 2023. To make an application you should have registered your child for primary 1 between 9-13 January 2023. If you have not registered your child please contact the admissions section on 01475 712850 (select option 1) before completing the defer entry application form under the Related Links heading.

All defer entry applications must be submitted by 1 February 2023.