Admission to infant and primary school

Applying to transfer to infant and primary school in September 2021.

Choosing your infant and primary school

Make an application to primary school

Applications closed 15 January. You can make a late application until 4 May 2021.

Visit the transferring or moving school page if you want to move your child to another school (in-year transfers).

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.

You can also:

  • talk to other parents
  • look at your catchment area
  • attend open days.

Consider schools in your catchment area

Many, but not all, primary and infant schools have catchment (or designated) areas. We advise you to list your catchment school, if there is one for your address, as one of your preferences. 

Details of catchment areas can be found for schools that use them on our list of schools page.

Please note that attending your catchment school does not guarantee that your child is eligible for free home to school transport. The catchment area school is not always the nearest available school.

Consider how your child will get to school

Primary and infant school children are eligible for free home to school transport where they attend their nearest available school if that school is more than two miles from their home address.

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. 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, contact us.

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

List of (existing) schools

Find details for every existing state-funded Oxfordshire school on our list of schools page. You can find each school's location, contact details, catchment area (where it has one), admissions rules and history of allocation data.

New primary schools in Oxfordshire

Witney: Windrush Primary School

Windrush Primary School, Witney is scheduled to open in September 2021. The school will have reception and nursery groups. 

Please note that this school is awaiting confirmation by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). 

Visit the River Learning Trust's website to:

  • read the latest information
  • register your interest in a reception place starting 2021.

You have until 15 January to register your interest.

As the school is not yet officially confirmed to open, you must also apply for other schools to ensure a place for your child in September 2021. We predict high demand for primary school places in 2021. 

What happens when the school is confirmed

If you have registered an interest, we will write to you. You'll be allowed to add the new school to your application as your first, second, third, fourth or fifth preference.

Oxford: St Frideswide Church of England Primary School

St Frideswide Church of England Primary School will open in November 2020 offering places from Reception to Year 6. This school is an academy run by the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust (ODST) and replaces the primary school section of St Gregory the Great Catholic School on Cricket Road in Oxford.

Applications for Reception places for September 2021 can be submitted online between 3 November and 15 January.

More information about this school will be available shortly.

How places were allocated in previous years

The 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.

Find the admission rules for all state-funded secondary schools, and how places were allocated on the individual school pages.

Deferring entry to infant and primary school

Parents may request that their application is deferred for entry to an infant and primary school.

Complete a deferral request form.

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.

Home educating

If you are going to educate your child at home, please let us know in writing as soon as possible. Contact the Elective Home Education Team.

Where to get more information

For advice and information about applying for a primary or infant school place, please contact us (School Admissions Team).

More detailed information about the application process for primary and infant school applications can be found in our booklet Starting school (pdf format, 1.1 MB).