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Reception applications

Apply to reception at infant and primary school for September 2023.

Offer day for infant and primary school

If you apply by the deadline of 15 January 2023, we’ll email you on 17 April 2023. Letters will be sent where people applied on paper. Letters will also be sent where applicants are eligible to free home-to-school transport and where children have not been offered their first preference school.

Responding to an offer

If you applied online, respond to the offer online.

Where a paper response form is delivered to you, you can still respond online if you applied online.

However, if you applied on paper and receive a response form in the post, you can scan or photograph the completed form and send it to schoolofferresponse@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

Or you can return it in the post to:

School Admissions Team
County Hall
New Road
Oxford
OX1 1ND

The deadline for receipt of completed response forms is 2 May 2023.

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.

Leaving Oxfordshire

If you are leaving the area and no longer require a school place in Oxfordshire, let us know as soon as possible.

Continued interest lists

Lists for most schools will be maintained until 30 June 2024. If a place becomes available, we'll write to you if we can offer that place to your child. We recommend that you accept the offered school to ensure a place for your child in September.

Find out how to add your child to a continued interest list.

Free home-to-school transport

If your child is eligible, you'll receive a paper transport form with your offer. Scan or photograph the completed form and attach it to an email. Send it to schooltransportresponse@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

Or you can return it in the post to:

School Admissions Team
County Hall
New Road
Oxford
OX1 1ND

Change of preference

If you have an offer but have:

  • moved address
  • changed your mind.

We recommend that you accept the offered school to ensure a place for your child in September. You can make a late application for the school you want.

Appeal a decision

If your child has not been offered the school place you want, you can make an appeal.