Transition to other schools – Decelerated summer born children

A summer born child who has been decelerated and admitted to school outside their normal age group, (began reception a year later than their correct cohort), may reach transition points in their education. For example, a child attending an infant school will move up to junior school. A child attending a primary/junior school will transfer to secondary school. The decision made when your child was decelerated in Year R does not continue throughout all stages of schooling.

When your child reaches Year 1 in their adoptive year group you will need to apply for continued deceleration to your preferred junior school. Alongside this request you will also need to make your Year 3 application at this stage, this will be withdrawn when the continued deceleration is approved. If your continued deceleration is approved, you will need to apply again to Year 3 at the same time as your child’s adopted year group, when they are in Year 2. If your child is attending a primary school, you will not need to apply for continued deceleration for Year 3.

When your child reaches Year 5 in their adoptive year group you will need to apply for continued deceleration to your preferred secondary school. Alongside this request you will also need to make your Year 7 application at this stage, this will be withdrawn when the continued deceleration is approved. If your continued deceleration is approved, you will need to apply again to Year 7 at the same time as your child’s adopted year group, when they are in Year 6.

Continued Deceleration requests needs to be submitted to Hampshire School Admissions for all Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools. If your preferred junior or secondary school is a Voluntary Aided, Foundation or an Academy School, you will need to request continued deceleration through the schools directly.

Admission authorities will consider your request in the same way as the original request but must also consider the fact your child has been educated in a different year group up until this point. For many children, it will be right for them to remain with their adopted year group, but it is possible that others may benefit from joining their normal year group.