Admission to a junior school

Applying to transfer to junior school in September 2021.

Choosing your junior 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.

You can also:

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

Who can apply

Junior applications can only be made for Year 2 infant school children transferring to Year 3 at junior school.

If your child attends a primary school already, and you want them to transfer to another primary school for Year 3, this will be treated as an in-year transfer. The earliest such applications can be submitted is June 2021. 

Junior schools in Oxfordshire

Area

Infant school

Historical linked junior or primary school

Faringdon

Faringdon Infant School Lechlade Road, Faringdon, SN7 8AH

Faringdon Junior School Gloucester Street, Faringdon, SN7 7HZ

Wallingford

St Nicholas Church of England Infants' School and Foundation Stage Unit, Wallingford St Nicholas Road, Wallingford, OX10 8HX

Fir Tree Junior School Radnor Road, Wallingford, OX10 0NY

Witney

St Mary’s CE Infant School, Witney Church Green, Witney, OX28 4AZ

The Batt CE Primary School Marlborough Lane, Witney, OX28 6DY

Junior applications are not limited to just the schools above. Any junior or primary school can be listed as a preference for infant to junior transfer.

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 history of allocation data.

However, it is important to note that junior school applications can only be made for infant school children transferring to Year 3.

If your child attends a primary school already, and you want them to transfer to another primary school for Year 3, this will be treated as an in-year transfer. The earliest such applications can be submitted is June 2020. Please see school transfers page for further information.

Consider schools in your catchment area

Many, but not all, junior 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

Junior school children are eligible for free home to school transport where they attend their nearest available school if that school is over 2 miles (for those age 7) from their home address or 3 miles (for those age 8 and above). However, transport can also be provided where the distance to the nearest available school is less than the above distances 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 where a new school is built, this can affect a child’s eligibility for school transport.

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.

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 by emailing admissions.schools@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Home educating

If you are going to educate your child at home, please let us know in writing as soon as possible by emailing admissions.schools@oxfordshire.gov.uk. Contact the Elective Home Education Team.

Where to get more information

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

More detailed information about the application process for junior school applications can be found in our booklet Stepping Up (pdf format, 911Kb)