Admission to a junior school

Applying to transfer to junior school in September 2020.

FAQs

What happens if my child is not offered a place at the preferred school?

If your child is not offered a place at your preferred school, you can decide to add their name to the continued interest list of that school. Your child can only be added to the continued interest list of a school that:

  • you selected on your application
  • is a higher preference than the school offered.

For example, if your child has been offered a place at your third preference school, they can be added to the waiting list of your first and second preference schools.

If you applied online, you can add your child’s name to a continued interest list online.

If you applied on paper, your completed paper continued interest form must be received by the Admissions Team.

Second allocation round

Continued interest forms will be considered in a second (late) allocation round together with late or amended applications on 9 June 2020.

Free home to school transport

If your child is eligible for free home to school transport, we will send you a transport form with your school allocation letter in the post. You cannot respond to a transport offer online.

Complete the paper form and return it to the Admissions Team to accept or decline the offer of free home to school transport. The deadline for receipt of transport forms is 5 May.

Please note that children joining junior school are only eligible for free home to school transport where they attend the nearest available school where the distance from home to that school is over two miles (up to age 8) or three miles (children age 8 to 11); or where they attend the nearest available school where the route is listed as dangerous by the council.

How do I decline a school place

If you have decided to decline the school place offered, you must tell the School Admissions Team in writing as soon as possible.

How places are allocated

If there are more applications than places, priority is given to children in accordance with the school's published admission rules. Information on how places were allocated in a particular school is available on the individual school pages.

What happens if my child is going to an independent school?

If your child is going to attend an independent school, you must provide us with the name of the school in writing as soon as possible.

I am leaving Oxfordshire

If you are leaving Oxfordshire, please let us know where you will be moving in writing as soon as possible.

I would like to educate my child at home

If you are going to educate your child at home, please let us know in writing as soon as possible. You can contact the Elective Home Education Team at ehe@oxfordshire.gov.uk for advice and support. 

Can I appeal if I have been refused admission to a school?

If your child has been refused admission to a school you have listed as a preference, you can appeal against the decision.

Visit our appealing for a school place page for more information.

How places were allocated

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

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 to get more information

General information about Oxfordshire primary and infant schools can be found in our Starting School guide - which will be updated on September 12. For advice and information about applying for a primary or infant school place, please contact our School Admissions Team.

More detailed information about the application process for junior school applications can be found in our booklet  Stepping Up (pdf format, 836Kb).