Living Southampton

Primary Education in Southampton

The law says that a child must start school no later than the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday.

In Southampton we recognise that an early start to education is vital in laying firm foundations for a child's future learning. All children living in the city are able to start school before this.

All four year olds can attend a reception class (Year R) in the September of the school year in which they become five.


Sure Star Centres across the city are for families with children under the age of 5. From the early days of pregnancy, through the pre-school years, and introduction to primary schools, your local Sure Start is there to help give your child the best start in life.

You can see the locations of all of Southampton's infant and primary schools on an interactive map.

A full list of schools in Southampton is also available from the City Council. If you are moving to Southampton, or live in Southampton and your child has no school place, please call the admissions team on 023 8083 3004 and ask for an application form to be sent to you.