Admission to infant and primary school

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

Before you start

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 opening September 2020

  • Banbury: Cherry Fields Primary School
  • Oxford: Barton Park Primary School
  • Wantage: Kingsgrove Primary School

More details about these schools and how to apply will be placed on this page.

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.