Admission to secondary school

Transferring to secondary school in September 2020.

Before you start

Current status

Parent or carers of children born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009 (inclusive) need to apply for a secondary school place for their children.

From Thursday 5 September 2019 you can apply online for a secondary school place from this page. If you cannot apply online you can request a paper application form from schools or the School Admissions Team.

The deadline for receipt of secondary school applications is Thursday 31 October 2019.

Catchment areas

Many, but not all, secondary schools have catchment (or designated) areas.

If there are more applications than places, priority is given to children in accordance with the school's published admission rules. We advise you to list your catchment school, if there is one for your address, as one of your preferences. 

Details of catchments area/designated areas can be found for all schools (where they use them) on our list of schools page

New secondary schools in Oxfordshire

Whitelands Academy (south-west Bicester) is due to open in September 2020 with a new Year 7 group. However, this is yet to be confirmed by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

It is possible to register interest (apply for a place) for entry to Year 7 in September 2020 via the school's website until the National Closing Date (31 October 2019). However, places will only be allocated if it is confirmed the school will open. Therefore, it is very important to make a separate application via the Council for a place at an existing secondary school as well.

When it is confirmed that Whitelands Academy will open in September 2020, the Council will write to the parents of those who registered interest to allow them to change their application to insert their separate application for Whitelands Academy as a first, second, third, fourth or fifth preference.

List of (existing) schools

Details for every existing state-funded Oxfordshire school can be found on our list of schools page. You can find each school’s location, contact details, catchment area (where it has one), admissions rules and history of allocation data.

Free home to school transport

Secondary school children are eligible for free home to school transport where they attend their nearest available school, if that school is over 3 miles from their home address. However, transport can also be provided where the distance to the nearest available school is less than 3 miles and the route is currently listed as dangerous by the Council. Please see the Travelling to school page for further details and the full transport policy.

You should consider how your child will get to school if you apply for a place at a school that is further away than your nearest available school.

To find out where your nearest school is, please contact contact the Schools Admissions Team.

Please note that the catchment area school (see below) is not always the nearest available school; and where a new school is built, this can affect a child’s eligibility to school transport.