Junior Year 3 transfer
Apply to transfer from infant to junior school for September 2023.
Choosing your junior school
Make an application to junior school
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.
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 2023. See the school transfers page for further information.
|Area||Infant school||Historical linked junior or primary school|
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
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 2022. 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.
Where your child has a catchment area school, they are more likely to get a place, but it isn't guaranteed. If there are more applications than places, we follow the school's published admission rules to decide priority. We advise that you list your catchment school as one of your preferences if there is one for your address.
You can find details of catchment areas for schools that use them on our list of schools page.
Think about how your child will get to school
Free home to school transport
We provide free home to school transport in limited circumstances as detailed in our policy.
Junior school children are eligible for free home to school transport, where:
- they attend their nearest available school (not always their catchment school) and
- the school is more than two miles from their home address (for those age 7) or
- the school is more than three miles from their home address (for those age 8 and above).
We may provide transport where the distance to the nearest available school is less than the distances above, and we have listed the route as dangerous. Visit the travelling to school page for further details and the full transport policy.
Nearest available school
When assessing for free transport, we do not measure the distance to the nearest school in the same way as the catchment school. So, the nearest school may not be your child's catchment school.
Think about how your child will get to school if you apply to a school that's further than your nearest available school.
To find out where your nearest school is, contact us.
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.
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 email@example.com
If you are going to educate your child at home, please let us know in writing as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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)