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Admissions to primary, infant and junior schools

Details of applying to start infant, primary or junior school for the first time.

Everyone needs to apply

If your child attends nursery classes within a primary school, you must still apply for a place in the main school

Children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 will be starting reception from September 2017.

Children attending an infant school and born between 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2010 will be transferring to junior school in September 2017.

How to apply

The deadline for applications to infant, primary and junior school is 15 January 2017.

To apply for a school place:

  1. Use our schools list to find nearby schools or use the box below
  2. Apply online (from early October) or complete an appliction form

Apply online from October

You will be able to apply online by early October. In the meantime, you may use the application forms for reception (pdf format, 98Kb) and junior applications (pdf format, 123Kb).

However, we advise you wait to apply online as this is the most efficient and secure method of applying.

Make sure you understand the admissions process before applying by reading our Starting school booklet (pdf format, 488Kb).

    Key dates

    • October 2016 - online applications open
    • 15 January 2017 - Deadline for on-time applications
    • 18 April 2017 - Offer of school places sent by second class post and email
    • 5 May 2017 - Deadline for accepting or declining school places, and deadline for receipt of late application forms, continued interest list forms and changes of preference
    • September 2017 - start of the school year

    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 2017
    • If your child is attending nursery classes within a primary school, you must still apply for a place in the main school
    • You can list three different schools in order of preference. We strongly advise you to use all three preferences
    • We advise you to enter your catchment (or designated) school as one of your preferences
    • Attending your catchment school does not entitle you to free home to school transport if it is not your closest school and / or under 2 miles away
    • If your application is late, you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools.

    New primary schools for September 2017


    Longford Park Primary School

    • A new primary school opening in September 2017
    • Admission number: 45
    • Location: The site is located to the south-east of Banbury on the Oxford Road (A4260), with the Oxford Canal running along part of the site’s eastern boundary.
    • To apply for a place at this school, you can now submit an online application. The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 January 2017
    • For further information please visit the school’s website.
    • Any updates will also be posted on this website.

    Bicester - Gagle Brook Primary School

    • The White Horse Federation is opening a new primary school in the Bicester Eco Town in September 2017.
    • Admission Number: 30
    • Location: Cranberry Avenue, Bicester OX27 8BD
    • Principal: Mr Alan Derry - 
    • To apply for a place at this school, you can now submit an online application. The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 January 2017
    • For further details and updates regarding Gagle Brook Primary School, the White Horse Federation can be contacted on: 01793 818603 or at the address below:
    • The White Horse Federation (Gagle Brook Primary School), Plymouth Street, Swindon SN1 2LB
    • Any updates will also be posted on this website or follow them on twitter: @GagleBrookPS

    Junior school applications

    Junior schools are those that take children aged 7-11.

    Information for parents

    Our Starting School document (pdf format, 488Kb) includes information for parents and carers of children due to start primary school or Year 3 at junior school in September 2017.

    Choosing a school

    Our choosing a school page gives lots of tips about choosing the right school for your child.

    Catchment areas and nearest school

    Many, but not all, schools have a catchment (or designated) area. To find out if a school has a catchment area, you should read about a school's admission rules in Starting school document (pdf format, 488Kb).

    If there are more applications than places, priority is given to children in accordance with the school's published admission rules. 

    We advise you to list your catchment school, if there is one for your address, as one of your preferences.

    Find out what your catchment school is, or use the box below.

    Alternatively contact and address details can be found using the Oxfordshire schools search.

    Will my child get a place?

    Catchment area is one of the ways that places at schools are decided. There are other factors, such as whether a child has a brother or sister at the school or whether they have special educational needs. Religious or faith schools could use the religion of your child or family as a deciding factor. The admission rules shown give more detail about how places are decided. Voluntary aided and foundation schools have their own admission rules, which are published online.

    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 put your child’s name down on the waiting (or continued interest) list at up to three schools. Waiting lists will be discontinued on 30 June 2018.

    If you aren't happy with the offer you have been made, you have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel.

    Please read our policy (pdf format, 488Kb) on Continued Interest Lists and changes of preference.

    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
    11 January 2016
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