Before you start
In-year transfers for the 2023/24 academic year
We aim to process in-year transfers within 15 school days.
Please note it may take longer to respond to applicants where we are waiting for academies to make a decision or where demand exceeds capacity.
Delays can also occur where academies have monthly admissions meetings and where academies refuse to admit children requesting places for particular year groups.
Some academies will refuse any applications for Year 10 and Year 11 regardless of the reason for applying.
We will refer an application to the In-Year Fair Access Panel for a decision if an application has been refused, there are no places available at schools in the area and the child is not being educated.
The panel has the authority to offer children places above the published admission number. This process can take an additional 20 school days to complete.
Limited space in several areas
Currently, there are very few or no places available in:
- secondary schools in Oxford
- primary schools across Didcot
- primary schools in Wantage and the surrounding villages in Year 4 and Year 6
- primary schools in Witney Year 6.
Applications will be referred to the In-Year Fair Access Panel to decide on any applications. This will be for children not currently on roll at a school or who need a place at a local school. Where applicants already attend a local school, their application will be refused.
Applications for Year 10 and Year 11
We strongly advise parents not to submit in-year transfers for places in Year 10 or Year 11.
Many Oxfordshire secondary schools will likely refuse applications for children to transfer schools in Year 10 and Year 11, regardless of the reason for the request.
Schools are unlikely to offer places while children prepare for their final GCSE exams. Extra admissions at this stage could be detrimental to children's education and the efficient use of resources at the school. In addition, some GCSE options will be full.
Year 11 placements rarely work to a child’s advantage and use disproportionate resources.
Schools that process applications independently
The following schools process their own in-year transfer applications and should be contacted directly:
- Ashbury with Compton Beauchamp CE Primary School
- Bampton CE Primary School
- Brize Norton Primary School
- Dr South's Church of England Primary School (Islip)
- Goring CE Primary School
- Heyford Park Free School
- Futures Institute (Banbury)
- John Henry Newman Academy (Oxford)
- Kidmore End CE Primary School
- North Leigh CE Primary School
- Our Lady's Catholic Primary School (Oxford)
- St Christopher's CE Primary School (Langford)
- St Christopher's CE Primary School (Oxford)
- St Joseph's Catholic Primary School (Thame)
- St Mary and St John CE Primary School (Oxford)
- St Peter's Church of England School, Alvescot
- The Blake CE Primary School (Witney)
- Tyndale Community School (Oxford)
- UTC Oxfordshire (Didcot)
- Wykham Park Academy (Banbury)
Contact your SEN officer
For children with an education, health and care plan (EHCP), you must contact your special educational needs (SEN) officer to request a school transfer. You can find out more on the Oxfordshire local offer web pages.
If this does not apply to your child, please go back and select another option.
Finding a school place
You will be asked to list up to four schools as preferences when you apply for a place for your child. We would urge you to list four 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 that unsuccessful applicants can join.
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 (2023/24 academic year) will be held until 30 June 2024, when 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.
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.