Reception applications

Apply to Reception at infant and primary school for September 2022.

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.

Visit the transferring or moving school page if you want to move your child to another school (in-year transfers).

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. If there is a catchment school for your address, we advise you to add it as one of your preferences.  

Find details of catchment areas for schools that use them on our list of schools page.

Attending your catchment school does not guarantee that your child is eligible for free home to school transport. The catchment area school may not be the nearest available school.

Consider how your child will get to school

Primary and infant school children are eligible for free home to school transport, where they attend their nearest available school if that school is more than two miles from their home address.

We can provide transport where the distance to the nearest available school is less than two miles, and we list the route as dangerous. Visit the travelling to school page for further details and the full transport policy.

Consider how your child will get to school if you apply to a further away school than your nearest available school.

To find out where your nearest school is, contact us.

Please note that where a new school is built, this can affect a child’s eligibility for school transport.

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:

  • location
  • 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.

Independent school

If your child is going to attend an independent school, you must tell us the school name 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, contact us as soon as possible.

Where to get more information

For advice and information about applying for a primary or infant school place, contact us (School Admissions Team).

Find more detailed information about the application process for primary and infant school in our Starting school booklet (pdf format, 1.1 MB).