Choosing your infant and primary school
Make an application to primary school
Parents of children born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 (inclusive) need to apply for an infant or primary school place for September 2022.
Before you complete an application, we recommend visiting the school you want your child to attend. Contact the school 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.
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.
Primary and infant 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.
We may provide transport where the distance to the nearest available school is less than two miles, 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.
New primary schools in Oxfordshire
The following two primary schools are scheduled to open in Faringdon in September 2022:
Folly View Primary School, Park Road, Faringdon (postcode to be confirmed). This school is replacing Faringdon Infant School. From September 2022 it will run classes from Reception to Year 3. An additional year group will be added every year until the school has classes from Reception to Year 6. The school’s published admission number will be 60.
The Elms Primary School, 26 Gloucester Street, Faringdon SN7 7HY. This school is replacing Faringdon Junior School. From September 2022 it will run classes from Reception to Year 6. The school’s published admission number will be 60. Further information about both these schools will be available on the Faringdon Learning Trust’s website.
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:
- contact details
- catchment area (where it has one)
- admissions rules
- history of allocation data.
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 to defer their application for entry to an infant and primary school. Learn how to defer reception application.
If your child is going to attend an independent school, you must tell us the school name in writing as soon as possible.
If you are leaving the area and no longer require a school place in Oxfordshire, contact us as soon as possible.