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Admissions to junior schools

Applying to transfer from infant to junior school

Children born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 (inclusive) will be starting Year 3 from September 2018.

Children born between the above dates who currently attend an infant school now need to apply for a place at junior school for September 2018 transfer. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 15 January 2018.

How to apply

Oxfordshire County Council's Citizen Portal is undergoing maintenance on 15 November 2017 from 9am to 11.30am.

There may be service disruption during this time. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this causes.

If you cannot apply online, you can print this application form (pdf format, 34Kb) or request a paper application form from schools and from the School Admissions Team.

The deadline for receipt of junior school applications is 15 January 2018.

If your application is late, it will be processed later in the year, and you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools. Further details are available in our Stepping Up (pdf formt, 1.8Mb) booklet.

If your child does not attend an infant school, there is no need to apply for a Year 3 place.

There are three junior schools in Oxfordshire:

Area Junior School Infant Feeder
Faringdon Faringdon Junior School Faringdon Infant School
Wallingford Fir Tree Junior School St Nicholas’ Infants’ School (Wallingford)
Witney The Batt CE School St Mary’s Infant School (Witney)

If you want to apply for a Year 3 place at a primary school rather than a specific junior school, you may do so. For details regarding all primary schools in Oxfordshire, please see our list of schools page.

On this page you can find each school’s location, contact details, catchment area (where it has one), admissions rules and five-year history of allocation data.

Please note that children born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 (inclusive) who currently attend Year 2 at a primary school but want to apply for a transfer to a junior school (only) for September 2018 transfer, also need to apply by the deadline of 15 January 2018.

However, parents of children born between these dates who attend a primary school and want to apply for a transfer to another primary school to start Year 3 in September 2018 cannot apply using this process. Such applications are classed as ‘in-year’ applications. These cannot be submitted until the first week of June 2018.

    Key dates

    • 25 October 2017 - parents can start to apply
    • 15 January 2018 - closing date for on-time applications
    • 16 April 2018 – allocation day: letters sent (by second class post) and emails sent detailing the offer of a school place
    • 3 May 2018 - deadline for submitting response form, continued interest forms, late applications and changes of preference
    • 12 June 2018 – second allocation round: letters sent after first run of continued interest list and late applications
    • September 2018 – start of the school year​

    Allocation day

    Everyone who applies online by 15 January 2018 will receive an email on 16 April 2018 advising which school their child has been offered a place at. All applicants will also be sent a letter on 16 April 2018 with all relevant information.

    The deadline for responding to school offers and transport offers, or to add your child's name to a continued interest list, or to submit a new application is 3 May 2018.

    Important things to remember when applying

    • It is the responsibility of parents/carers to apply for a school place by the deadline of 15 January 2018
    • You can list three different schools in order of preference.
    • We advise you to enter your catchment (or designated) school as one of your preferences
    • Attending your catchment or feeder junior school does not entitle you to free home to school transport if it is not your closest school and / or under three miles away (for a child who will be over 8 years old during Year 3)
    • If your application is late, you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools.

    Home to school transport

    Please note that attending your catchment or feeder junior school does not entitle you to free home to school transport if it is not your closest school and / or under three miles away (for a child who will be over 8 years old during Year 3)

    The full list of criteria can be found in the Home to School Travel Policy 2017-18 (pdf format, 134Kb)

    Will my child get a place?

    Catchment area is one of the ways that places at schools are decided. There are other factors (e.g. whether a child has a brother or sister at the school). For transfer from infant to junior or primary schools the traditional linked junior/primary school gives priority at Year 3 to children attending the linked infant school. These links are:

    Infant school Historical linked junior or primary school
    Faringdon Infant School Lechlade Road, Faringdon, SN7 8AH Faringdon Junior School Gloucester Street, Faringdon, SN7 7HZ
    St Mary’s CE Infant School, Witney Church Green, Witney, OX28 4AZ The Batt CE Primary School Marlborough Lane, Witney, OX28 6DY
    St Nicholas Church of England Infants' School and Foundation Stage Unit, Wallingford St Nicholas Road, Wallingford, OX10 8HX Fir Tree Junior School Radnor Road, Wallingford, OX10 0NY

    Will I get help with transport to school?

    Read our school travel page to find out whether your child is eligible for free or concessionary transport.

    What if I don’t get the place I want?

    You can do one or more of the following:

    • Add your child's name to the Continued Interest (or waiting) list. More information (pdf format, 235Kb) Please beware that if you add your child’s name to a school’s continued interest list, and a place becomes available that can be allocated your child, the place will be given to your child and their place at the school originally offered will be taken away.
    • Change preferences - add new preference(s) or change preference order. More information (pdf format, 130Kb)  
    • Appeal for a place (see below)

    Appeal

    You have the right to appeal for a place at any school where a place could not be offered. The information sent out to you in the post will explain more about who is responsible for organising your appeal.

    How places were allocated

    Information on how places were allocated in a particular school is available on the individual school pages.

    Moving/transferring schools

    Visit the apply to transfer schools page if you are moving to Oxfordshire with a primary age child or are considering transferring your child to another primary school in Oxfordshire. Contact the Admissions Team for further advice.

    Last reviewed
    27 October 2017
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