Changing or moving school

Apply to change school during the academic year (in-year transfers).

Before you start

In-year transfers for the 2021/22 academic year

Applications for September 2021 will be accepted no earlier than 1 June.

Due to a large number of applications being received and the summer holiday between July and early September, there are likely to be delays to applications being processed. 

Please do not call or email the Admissions Team about the progress of applications as this will cause further delay.

The following schedule shows the dates by which we aim to process applications in 2021. Please note that the schedule is not absolute and there may be severe delays.

Batch Application received by Aim to contact applicants by
1 17 June, 5pm 9 July
2 8 July, 5pm 23 July
3 22 July, 5pm 31 July
4 9 September, 5pm 1 October

Please note it may take longer to respond to applicants where we are waiting for academies to make a decision, or where demand exceeds capacity.

Delays can also occur where academies have monthly admissions meetings and where academies refuse to admit children requesting places for particular year groups.

A number of academies will refuse any applications for Year 10 and Year 11 regardless of the reason for applying.

Schools will be unlikely to confirm the outcome of applications during late July through to early September.

Applications for Year 10 and Year 11

It is likely that a large number of Oxfordshire secondary schools will refuse applications for children to transfer school in Year 10 and Year 11, regardless of the reason for the request.

GCSE options and core subjects may already be full, therefore limiting the school’s ability to take on more children without compromising the education of children already studying at the school.

We strongly advise parents not to submit in-year transfers for places in Year 10 and Year 11

Contact your SEN officer

For children with an education, health and care (EHC) plan, you will need to contact your special educational needs (SEN) officer to request a school transfer. You can find out more on the Oxfordshire local offer web pages.

If this does not apply to your child, please go back and select another option.

Finding a school place

You will be asked to list up to four schools as preferences when you apply for a place for your child. We would urge you to list four schools to maximise the chance of getting a school that you want.

We can help you to:

  • find out about schools
  • find admission criteria for the schools you are interested in.

Try to visit all the schools to get a sense of whether your child will be happy there. How to find out about schools.

Continued interest list

It is not always possible to offer a place at a requested school.

There is a continued interest list for each school which unsuccessful applicants can join if they wish.

The lists are ranked in order using the published admissions rules for each school. Unprocessed applications are considered alongside, and not separately, from those on the list. If a place becomes available at a school we will contact the parents of the highest priority child.

Continued interest lists for most schools will be held until 30 June 2022, at which point they will close. Some schools may end their continued interest lists earlier than this date. Please check individual school websites for details. More about continued interest lists.

Continued interest lists for most schools will be held until 30 June 2021 for 2020/21 applications, and 30 June 2022 for 2021/22 applications.

Home to school transport

You should consider how your child will get to school if you apply for a place at a school that is further away than your nearest available school. Find your nearest school.

Children under the age of eight are eligible for free home to school transport where they attend their nearest available school if that school is over two miles from their home address.

However, transport can also be provided where the distance to the nearest available school is less than two miles and the route is currently listed as dangerous by the council.

Children over the age of eight from Year 3 to Year 11 are eligible for free home to school transport where they attend their nearest available school if that school is over three miles from their home address. However, transport can also be provided where the distance to the nearest available school is less than three miles and the route is currently listed as dangerous by the council.

Please see the Travelling to school page for further details and the full transport policy.