Secondary school applications

Information for parents and carers of children due to transfer to secondary school.

Children born between 01/09/2004 - 31/08/2005 will be starting Year 7 from September 2016. You will be able to apply via our online system in mid-September and will have until October 2015 to make your application. Please continue to monitor these pages as it will be updated once the online application system is open.

Applications submitted after 31 October 2014

If you missed the deadline, or want to change the schools you originally listed as preferences, you need to complete a paper application form (pdf format, 113Kb) and ensure it reaches the Admissions Team as soon as possible.

Parents guide for starting Secondary School 2015

Our Transition to secondary school guide (pdf format, 1.1Mb) gives advice on how to prepare for the transition. There is also information in our secondary school guide Moving on (pdf format, 8.3Mb).

Important things to remember when applying

  • it is the responsibility of parents/carers to apply for a school place
  • 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 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
  • Attending your catchment school does not entitle you to free home to school transport if it is not your closest school and / or under 3 miles away.

Choosing a school and open days

Our choosing a school page gives lots of tips about choosing the right school for your child. Secondary schools and academies hold open events, which give you the chance to have a look around and ask questions. See a list of open events for this year (pdf format, 35Kb).

Catchment areas

Many, but not all, secondary schools have catchment (or designated) areas. It is advisable to use the Moving on (pdf format, 8.3Mb) booklet to see if a school has one.

If there are more applications than places, priority is given to children in accordance with the school's published admission rules, which can be found in the Moving on (pdf format, 8.3Mb) booklet. 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.

New school opening for Year 10 and Year 12 applicants

University Technical College (UTC) Oxfordshire

UTC Oxfordshire is opening in Great Western Park, Didcot, for children joining Year 10 and Year 12 in September 2015.

Further information and details on how to apply

The University Technical College (UTC) Oxfordshire is one of a new generation of industry-led science and engineering colleges for 14-19 year olds and it will open in Great Western Park, Didcot, OX11 7TG, in September 2015.

University Technical Colleges (UTCs) offer a unique opportunity where education and business come together to equip students with the skills that will be needed in industries of the future.  UTC Oxfordshire will be a state-funded co-educational school with non-selective admissions.

They offer students the opportunity to take a highly regarded, full time, technically orientated study of science and engineering, alongside a core curriculum. The UTC will be equipped to the highest standard, sponsored by local employers (including IBM, MINI Plant Oxford, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and RM Education), University of Reading, Royal Holloway University of London, the local council, as well as other local businesses.  The UTC will offer clear progression routes into further education, higher education, apprenticeships or employment in the field of science and engineering.

There will be a number of open evenings for parents and students being held across the region from September 2014 onwards.

Applications can now be made for children who will, in September 2015, be starting Year 10 or Year 12. Applications should be made directly to UTC Oxfordshire by going to

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.

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, 205Kb) give more detail about how places are decided. Voluntary aided and foundation schools have their own admission rules.

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 where a place could not be offered. You should read our policy on continued interest lists (pdf format, 41 Kb) first. Lists for entry to Year 7 will be maintained until 30 June 2016.


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.

Moving/transferring schools

Visit the apply to change schools page if you want to change your child's current school.

How places were allocated

September 2015


September 2014

Read our summary document (pdf format, 21KB) showing how places were allocated to our state funded secondary schools on 3 March 2014, for entry to Year 7 in September 2014.

The documents below show an analysis of how many places were offered under each school's over-subscription rule, the distance from school of the last child to be offered a place and the number of unsuccessful applications.

September 2013

The documents below show an analysis of how many places were offered under each school's over-subscription rule, the distance from school of the last child to be offered a place and the number of unsuccessful applications.

September 2012

Help and advice

For advice and information about applying for a secondary school place, please contact our School Admissions Team.

Last reviewed
07 May 2015
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