Admissions to primary, infant and junior schools

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

Children born between 01/09/2011 - 31/08/2012 will be starting Reception from September 2016. You will be able to apply via our online system in mid-September and will have until January 2016 to make your application. Please continue to monitor these pages as it will be updated once the online application system is open.

Everyone needs to apply

You must still apply for an infant or primary school place even if your child already attends a nursery school class attached to that school. There is no automatic transfer between the two. If your child already attends a primary school, you do not need to make an application for them to progress to year three.

Starting school guide for September 2015

You should also read the information in our Starting school - a guide for primary, infant and junior school applications (pdf format, 12Mb). This also explains the admission process and

Important things to remember when applying

  • it is the responsibility of parents/carers to apply for a school place
  • if your child is attending nursery classes within a primary school, you must 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
  • if your application is late, you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools

Junior school applications

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

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 - a guide for primary, infant and junior school applications (pdf format, 12Mb).

If there are more applications than places, priority is given to children in accordance with the school's published admission rules. The rules for each school can be found in Starting school - a guide for primary, infant and junior school applications (pdf format, 12Mb).

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 (.pdf format, 221 Kb) 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 2016.

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 on Continued Interest Lists and changes of preference here
Continued interest list (pdf format, 165Kb)

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.

How places were offered for 2015/16

Use the links below to select the starting letter of the school.

Schools A-F

All documents are pdfs and approx 60Kb

Schools G-M

All documents are pdfs and approx 60Kb

Schools N-Z

All documents are pdfs and approx 60Kb

How places were offered for 2014/15

Use the links below to select the starting letter of the school.

Schools A-F

Schools G-M

Schools N-Z

How places were offered for 2013/14

Use the links below to select the starting letter of the school.

Schools A-F

Schools G-M

Schools N-Z

Last reviewed
27 June 2014
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