Admission to infant and primary school

Applying to transfer to infant and primary school in September 2020.

Before you start

Advance notice of system outage

Essential maintenance will take place on the Citizen Portal on Saturday, 14 December and it will be unavailable. Please do not try to make or view an application during this time. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

Current status

Parent or carers of children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 (inclusive) need to apply for a primary or infant school place for their children. 

From 1 November 2019 you can apply online for a primary or infant school place.

The deadline for receipt of completed school applications is 15 January 2020.

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

Visit the school

Before you complete an application, we recommend that you visit the school you want your child to attend. You can do this by contacting the school directly to arrange an appointment.

Catchment areas

Many, but not all, primary and infant schools have catchment (or designated) areas. Where there is one, we advise you to enter your catchment school as one of your preferences. Details of catchment areas can be found for all schools (where they use them) on our list of schools page.

Applying for your catchment school does not guarantee that your child will be offered a place, or that they are eligible for free home to school transport.

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 a five-year history of allocation data.

New primary schools in Oxfordshire

Three new primary schools are planned to open in Banbury, Oxford and Wantage. All are planned to open Reception classes in September 2020, as well as limited places in Years 1 and 2 (subject to demand). Each new school will be opened by a different multi academy trust and expressions of interest to join the school should be made directly to the relevant trust.

The Department for Education has the final say as to whether to open the school and forms their decision based on, among other things, the number of expressions of Interest received. It is therefore very important that you make an application for a school that is already open as well as applying directly to the trust for the new school.  

If there is sufficient time, when it is confirmed by the Department for Education that the school can open in September 2020, the council will write to the parents of those who registered an interest to join the school to enable them to clarify their preference order on their normal application form. If this is not possible then parents will receive an offer of a place at an open school as well as being offered a conditional place at the new school, subject to the Department for Education approving the opening of the school.

To find out more information about the new schools, including details of open events, and to express an interest to join the school please visit:

Home to school transport

Primary and infant school children are eligible for free home to school transport where they attend their nearest available school, if that school is over 2 miles from their home address. However, transport can also be provided where the distance to the nearest available school is less than 2 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.

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.

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

Please note that the catchment area school is not always the nearest available school; and where a new school is built, this can affect a child’s eligibility to school transport.