Guide to delaying a school start date

Last updated: 13 June 2022

Glossary of terms

View which admission authority to refer to for each type of school:

Type of school Admission authority


Academy Trust

Community schools

Local Authority

Foundation schools

Governing body

Voluntary aided schools

Governing body

Voluntary controlled schools

Local Authority

Glossary of terms


To put back within the same academic year.


To put back to the next academic year.

EHC Plan

Education, Health and Care Plan.

Full-time education

Attending school 5 days a week (morning and afternoons).

Part-time education

Attending school less than 5 days a week or only mornings or afternoons.

Secondary transfer tests

Grammar school entry tests that children take.


Special Educational Needs.


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.