Transferring or moving school

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

Before you start

Delay in processing

There are delays in processing in-year transfer requests due to coronavirus.

In-year transfers for the 2020/21 academic year

Applications for September 2020 will be accepted no earlier than 1 June.

Owing to the large number of applications being received and the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus, there are likely to be 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 schedule shows the dates by which we aim to process applications. Please note that the schedule is not absolute and there may be severe delays.

Batch Application received Aim to contact applicants by
1 1 June to 11 June 3 July 3 July
2 12 June to 25 June 17 July
3 26 June to 9 July 31 July
4 10 July to 23 July 11 September
5 24 July to 3 September 25 September

Delays can also occur where academies have monthly admissions meetings and where academies refuse to admit children requesting places for particular year groups.

A number of academies will refuse any applications for Year 10 and Year 11 regardless of the reason for applying.

Schools will be unlikely to confirm the outcome of applications during late July through to early September.

Applications for Year 10 and Year 11

It is likely that a large number of Oxfordshire secondary schools will refuse applications for children to transfer school in Year 10 and Year 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.

We strongly advise parents not to submit in-year transfers for places in Year 10 and Year 11

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.