Admissions to primary, infant and junior schools

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

From 16 April you can login to view the outcome of your application for infant, junior or primary school and respond to the offer of a school place.

All applicants will be sent a letter by first class post on 16 April to confirm the outcome of the application and provide further information.

No information will be given out over the phone regarding school applications.

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 3.

Starting school guide

You should also read the information in our Starting school' - a guide for primary, infant and junior school applications (pdf format, 11.4 Mb).

How do I apply?

Before you apply make sure you have read the admissions process (pdf format, 233 Kb) so you fully understand our admission process, rules and criteria.

For children born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 (inclusive), you must apply for a school place for entry in the 2014/15 academic year. The deadline for ontime applications was 15 January 2014. We will respond in writing to all applicants who submitted applications by this deadline on 16 April 2014.

Late applications - after 15 January

To apply after 15 January you need to complete a primary, infant and junior schools application form (pdf format, 310Kb) as soon as possible. You should also explain why you were unable to make the application on time.

Extenuating circumstances

Applications submitted after 15 January 2014 will be classed as late applications, unless there are extenuating reasons that mean we should process it as an on-time application. The deadline to submit extenuating reasons is 8 February 2014, beyond which all late applications will be considered as late.

Examples of extenuating reasons

  • An administrative error by a maintained school in Oxfordshire is responsible for the application being late.
  • An administrative error by the 'clearing house', the Local Authority, is responsible for the application being late.
  • A sudden illness of a close family member prevents you from submitting the application on time.
  • The death of a close family member, (child's sibling, parent, grandparent), prevents the parent/carer from submitting the application on time.

Late allocation

Any applications received without a written explanation for missing the deadline, and any applications received between 9 February and 7 May 2014, will be considered in the late allocation round on 11 June 2014.

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.

If your child currently attends an infant school and was born between 1 September 2006 and
31 August 2007, you must apply for a junior or primary school place for entry in the academic year beginning September 2014. The closing date was 15 January 2014. See information about if you need to apply late.

Key dates

Timetable for on-time school admissions application process

  • 16 April 2014 - email or letter offering a school place will be sent out (allow 2-3 working days for delivery)
  • 7 May 2014 - deadline to accept places offered or placing names on waiting list (continued interest list)
  • September 2014 - your child starts primary or infant school

Additional timetable for late applications:

  • 14 May 2014 - late applications and those who have requested to be on waiting lists will be processed
  • 11 June 2014 - Letter offering school place sent to late applicants (allow 2-3 working days for delivery)
  • 29 June 2014 Deadline for receipt of late applications Acceptance forms and for placing names on ‘continued interest’ waiting lists.

Choosing a school

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

Catchment areas

Every school has a catchment (or designated) area. If there are more applications than places, priority is given to children living in the catchment area. We advise you to list your catchment school as one of your preferences so that there is more chance of your child being offered a place at one of your chosen schools.

To find out what your catchment school is, visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/localview and enter your postcode.

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 concessionary transport page to find out whether your child is eligible for free or concessionary transport. If there are places left on transport parents may be able to purchase seats on certain routes.

Please see our 2014/15 transport policy (pdf format, 242Kb)

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 31 July 2015.

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.

Help and advice

For further advice and information, see our help and advice page.

How place were offered for September 2013

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

Schools A-F

Schools G-M

Schools N-Z

How were places allocated in 2012 - by area

Choose your town form the list below to see information about schools in your area. This shows you how many places there are at each school (roll no.), how many children can be admitted (admission number, or AN), how many children were admitted last year and how the places were decided. See also the list of junior schools (.pdf format, 47 Kb).

Last reviewed
24 September 2013
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