Select the type of school you need
Before you apply for a school place, you need to check which type of school your child can attend. Have a look at the list below to find out which age range your child falls into.
School starting age for children in the UK
Most children start school full-time in the September after they turn 4.
Primary school (children aged 4 to 11)
Children start primary school in Reception Year at age 4 or 5. They remain at primary school until they are 11 (Year 6).
Secondary school (children aged 11 to 16 or 18)
Children start secondary school at age 11 or 12 (Year 7). They remain at the school until age 16 (Year 11). Some schools have a sixth form so children can remain there until they are 18.
Applications for the sixth form are made directly to the school.
Sixth form and sixth form college (children aged 16 to 18)
Where the secondary school has no sixth form, children can attend a sixth form college. Applications for the sixth form or sixth form college are made directly to the school.
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Other types of school
Infant school (aged 4 to 7) and junior school (aged 7 to 11)
There are only two infant and two junior schools in Oxfordshire.
They will start in Reception Year, and when they are in Year 2 (aged 7 or 8), they need to move to a junior or primary school (for Years 3 to 6). In some cases, an infant school will have a linked junior school. But you can apply to any junior or primary school.
|Area||Infant school||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
|Age range||School||Teaching year||Curriculum stage|
|4-5||Primary or nursery||Reception||Foundation Stage|
|5-7||Primary or infant||Years 1 and 2||Key Stage 1|
|7-11||Primary or junior||Years 3, 4, 5, 6||Key Stage 2|
|11-14||Secondary||Years 7, 8, 9||Key Stage 3|
|14-16||Secondary||Years 10 and 11||Key Stage 4|