Admissions to primary, infant and junior schools

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

Applicants who applied online for a primary, infant or junior school place will have received either an email or a letter from 18 April confirming the outcome of their application. 

Applications cannot be discussed over the telephone. 

Children born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 will be starting reception from September 2016.

Everyone needs to apply

The deadline for receipt of applications was 15 January 2016. 

If you have missed this deadline, please complete a paper application form (docx format, 271Kb) and ensure it reaches the Admissions Team no later than 9 May 2016. We will write to late applicants on 13 June 2016.

Key dates

  • 15 January 2016 - Closing date for on-time applications
  • 18 April 2016 - Offer of school places sent by first-class post and email
  • 9 May 2016 - Deadline for accepting or declining school places, and deadline for receipt of late application forms, continued interest list forms and changes of preference
  • September 2016 - pupils start school

More detailed dates can be found in our Starting school booklet (pdf format, 2Mb)

New primary schools for September 2016

Banbury

Longford Park Primary School

  • A new primary school opening in Banbury for September 2016.
  • 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 2016
  • For further information please visit the school’s website.
  • Any updates will also be posted on this website.

Bicester

The White Horse Federation – North West Bicester Primary School

  • Gagle Brook Primary School
  • The White Horse Federation is opening a new primary school in the Bicester Eco Town in September 2016.
  • Admission Number: 30
  • Location: Cranberry Avenue, Bicester OX27 8BD
  • Supporting headteacher: Ms C Hutchinson
  • To apply for a place at this school, you can now submit an online application. The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 January 2016
  • 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.

Didcot

GEMS Didcot Primary Academy

Location: Chestnut Drive, Great Western Park, Didcot

Admission Number: 30

Admissions Contact: Ms J Croft, 07742 499439

To apply for a place at this school, you can now submit an online application. The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 January 2016

For further details, please visit the academy's website.

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 2016
  • 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

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, 2Mb).

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, 2Mb).

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 in Starting school - a guide for primary, infant and junior school applications (pdf format, 2Mb) 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 2017.

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 Starting school - a guide for primary, infant and junior school applications (pdf format, 2Mb).

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 2016/17

Schools A-F

All documents are pdfs and approx 60Kb

Schools G-M

Schools N-Z

All documents are pdfs and approx 60Kb

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

Last reviewed
11 January 2016
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