Transferring or moving school

How to apply for places at Oxfordshire schools during the academic year (in-year transfers)

Before you start

In-year transfers for September 2019

In-year transfers for September will be accepted by the Admissions Team from 3 June 2019.

Owing to the large number of applications expected from June to September, there are likely to be severe delays to applications being processed.  Please do not call or email the Admissions Team about the progress of applications as this will cause further delay.

The following dates for in-year admissions are a guideline only and not definite.

  • Batch 1: Applications received between 3 June and 13 June - we aim to process them by 5 July
  • Batch 2: Applications received between 14 June and 4 July - we aim to process them by 26 July
  • Batch 3: Applications received from 5 July will be processed as soon as possible, but it is likely that there will be delays until mid-October.

Applications for year 10 or 11

It is likely that a large number of Oxfordshire secondary schools will refuse applications from Oxfordshire residents to transfer school in year 10 or 11, regardless of the reason for the request.

GCSE options and core subjects may already be full, therefore limiting the school’s ability to take on more children without compromising the education of children already studying at the school.

Children with an education, health and care plan (EHCP)

For children with a statement or EHC plan, you will need to contact your SEN officer to request a school transfer. Visit the Local offer pages for more information.

Finding a school place

You will be asked to list up to three schools as preferences when you apply for a place for your child. We would urge you to list three schools to maximise the chance of getting a school that you want.

We can help you to:

  • find out about schools
  • find admission criteria for the schools you are interested in.

Try to visit all the schools to get a sense of whether your child will be happy there. How to find out about schools.

Continued interest list

It is not always possible to offer a place at a requested school.

There is a continued interest list for each school which unsuccessful applicants can join if they wish.

The lists are ranked in order using the published admissions rules for each school. Unprocessed applications are considered alongside, and not separately, from those on the list. If a place becomes available at a school we will contact the parents of the highest priority child.

Continued interest lists for most schools will be held until 30 June 2019, at which point they will close. Some schools may end their continued interest lists earlier than this date. Please check individual school websites for details. More about continued interest lists.

Continued interest lists for most schools will be held until 30 June 2019 for 2018/19 applications, and 30 June 2020 for 2019/20 applications.

Home to school transport

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. Find your nearest school.

Children under the age of eight are eligible for free home to school transport where they attend their nearest available school if that school is over two miles from their home address.

However, transport can also be provided where the distance to the nearest available school is less than two miles and the route is currently listed as dangerous by the council.

Children over the age of eight from Year 3 to Year 11 are eligible for free home to school transport where they attend their nearest available school if that school is over three miles from their home address. However, transport can also be provided where the distance to the nearest available school is less than three 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.