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Secondary school applications

Information for parents and carers of children due to transfer to secondary school in September 2018

Children born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007 (inclusive) need to apply for a secondary school place for their children.

How to apply

From 8 September 2017 you can apply online for a secondary school place.

If you cannot apply online, you can complete a paper application form (pdf format, 122Kb). The deadline for receipt of secondary school applications is 31 October 2017.

Please note that UID numbers no longer work for online applications. Applicants now have to manually enter all requested details.

If your application is late, it will be processed later in the year, and you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools

List of schools

Details for every state funded Oxfordshire school can be found on our list of schools page.

On this page you can find each school’s location, contact details, catchment area (where it has one), admissions rules and five-year history of allocation data.

Key dates

  • 8 September 2017 - parents can start to apply 
  • 31 October 2017 - closing date for on-time applications
  • 1 March 2018 – allocation day: letters (sent by second class post) and emails sent detailing the offer of a school place
  • 21 March 2018 - deadline for submitting response form, continued interest forms, late applications and changes of preference
  • 8 May 2018 – second allocation round: letters sent after first run of continued interest list and late applications

September 2018 – start of the school year

Allocation day

Everyone who applies online by 31 October 2017 will receive an email on 1 March 2018 advising which school their child has been offered a place at. All applicants will also be sent a letter on 1 March 2018 with all relevant information.

The deadline for responding to school offers and transport offers, or to add your child's name to a continued interest list, or to submit a new application is 21 March 2018.

Important things to remember when applying

  • you can list three different schools in order of preference. We strongly advise you to use all three preferences
  • it is the responsibility of parents/carers to apply for a school place
  • 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

Parents guide

Further 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, 1.2Mb)

School Transport

Secondary school children are eligible for free home to school transport where they attend their nearest available school, if that school is over 3 miles from their home address. However, transport can also be provided where the distance to the nearest available school is less than 3 miles and the route is currently listed as dangerous by the council. Please see the Travelling to school page for further details.

To find out where your nearest school is, please contact us

Please note that where a new school is built, this can affect a child’s eligibility to school transport.

Catchment areas

Many, but not all, secondary schools have catchment (or designated) areas.

If there are more applications than places, priority is given to children in accordance with the school's published admission rules. 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.

Please note that attending your catchment school does not guarantee that your child is eligible for free home to school transport.  Secondary school children are eligible for free home to school transport where they attend their nearest available school, if that school is over 3 miles from the home address. However, transport can also be provided where the route to the nearest available school is less than 3 miles and the route is currently listed as dangerous by the council. Please see the Travelling to school page for further details.

Alternatively contact and address details can be found using the Oxfordshire schools search.

This search gives rough straight line distances from a post code to school. The Admissions Team measures more precisely, from the child’s home address to school, in determining home to school distances.

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 for all state funded secondary schools on our ‘list of schools’ page.

What if I don’t get the place I want?

You can do one or more of the following:

  • Add your child's name to the Continued Interest (or waiting) list. More information (pdf format, 235Kb) Please beware that if you add your child’s name to a school’s continued interest list, and a place becomes available that can be allocated your child, the place will be given to your child and their place at the school originally offered will be taken away.
  • Change preferences - add new preference(s) or change preference order. More information (pdf format, 130Kb)  
  • Appeal for a place (see below)

Appeal

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.

How places were allocated

Information on how places were allocated in a particular school is available on the individual school pages 

Help and advice

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

Transferring schools

Visit the transferring schools page for information on in-year applications if you want to change your child's current school.

Last reviewed
08 September 2017
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