Secondary school applications

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

Children born between 1 September 2004 and 31 August 2005 start Year 7 from September 2016.

On 1 March we contacted all applicants who had submitted a secondary school application by the deadline of 2 November.

Continued interest lists are still being compiled. Children's positions on lists cannot be considered until the second allocation round on 6 May.

Late applications

If you have missed the deadline, you should submit a paper application form by 21 March.

Applications received by 21 March will be processed on 6 May.

Parents guide

Information about the secondary school application process and general information about Oxfordshire secondary schools can be found in our secondary school guide Moving on (pdf format, 1.3Mb).

Our Transition to secondary school guide (pdf format, 1.1Mb) gives advice on how to prepare for the transition.

Important things to remember when applying

  • It is the responsibility of parents/carers to apply for a school place by the deadline of 2 November 2015
  • 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
  • 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.
  • If your application is late, you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools

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. You can find a list of open events for in our guide Moving on (pdf format, 1.3Mb).

Catchment areas

Many, but not all, secondary schools have catchment (or designated) areas. It is advisable to use the Moving on (pdf format, 1.3Mb) 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, 1.3Mb) 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.

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.

You can find the admission rules in our guide Moving on (pdf format, 1.3Mb).This gives 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 in our guide (pdf format, 109Kb) 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

Secondary Allocation Day Record


University Technical Colleges (UTC) /Space Studio September 2016

Help and advice

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

Last reviewed
05 April 2016
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