Manchester City Council

Schools, education & childcare Starting school later

Compulsory school age

By law children start school in the term following their fifth birthday, but not later than the start of the last term.

The dates they must start by are:

  • 31 December if their date of birth is between 1 September and 31 December
  • 31 March if their date of birth is between 1 January and 31 August

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