Cohort Entry

Helping students to have a great start at school is important for their early success. In the past the Education Act 1989 has only provided one way for State and State-integrated schools to manage the flow of new entrants into school, known as continuous entry. From 1 January 2020, changes made under the Education Amendment Act 2019 will take effect.

What are the potential benefits of cohort entry for children?
Cohort entry is about helping children to settle better in school. There’s evidence that starting school alongside other children helps children build relationships and supports a smoother entry to school life.

Schools that are already using cohort entry believe it offers their children the best start to their school life. It can also mean less disruption for new entrant teachers who can prepare for groups of children arriving on a specific date rather than on an individual and fragmented basis through the year.

St Albans School along with other schools in our cluster have adopted cohort entry from term one 2020.

This means:
• children starting school in groups after they have turned five
• there will be two entry points each term, one on the first day of term and one at a mid-point during a term.

TERM START OF TERM DATE MID-TERM DATE* END OF TERM DATE
1 3/02/2020 9/03/2020 9/04/2020
2 28/04/2020 2/06/2020
(Tuesday)
3/07/2020
3 20/07/2020 24/08/2020 25/09/2020
4 12/10/2020 16/11/2020 18/12/2020

For example:
If your child turns five on December 29th 2019 they would enter school as a New Entrant on 03/02/2020. If they turn five on the February 9th 2020 their start date would be 09/03/20.