Admissions to junior schools

Information for parents and carers of children due to transfer to junior school in September 2019.

Children attending infant school born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 (inclusive) need to apply for a junior school place for their children.

How to apply

From 25 October 2018 you can apply online for a junior school place. Apply for junior transfer here

If you cannot apply online, you can request a paper application form from schools and from the School Admissions Team.

The deadline for receipt of completed school applications is 15 January 2019

If your application is late, it will be processed later in the year, and you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools

List of junior schools

There are three junior schools in Oxfordshire:

Area

Infant School

Historical linked junior or primary school

Faringdon

Faringdon Infant School Lechlade Road, Faringdon, SN7 8AH

Faringdon Junior School Gloucester Street, Faringdon, SN7 7HZ

Wallingford

St Nicholas Church of England Infants' School and Foundation Stage Unit, Wallingford St Nicholas Road, Wallingford, OX10 8HX

Fir Tree Junior School Radnor Road, Wallingford, OX10 0NY

Witney

St Mary’s CE Infant School, Witney Church Green, Witney, OX28 4AZ

The Batt CE Primary School Marlborough Lane, Witney, OX28 6DY

Please note that junior applications are not limited to just the above schools, and any junior or primary school place can be listed as a preference for infant to junior transfer.

Details for every state funded Oxfordshire school can be found on our list of schools page.

On this page you can find each school’s location, contact details, catchment area (where it has one), admissions rules and five-year history of allocation data.

However, it is important to note that junior applications can only be made for infant children transferring to Year 3. If your child attends a primary school already, and you want them to transfer to another primary school for Year 3, this will be treated as an in-year transfer. The earliest such applications can be submitted is June 2019. Please see our school transfers page for further information.

Key dates

  • 25 October 2018 - parents can start to apply 
  • 15 January 2019 - closing date for applications
  • 16 April 2019 – National Allocation Day: letters (sent by second class post) and emails sent detailing the offer of a school place
  • September 2019 – start of the school year

Allocation day

Everyone who applies online by 15 January 2019 will receive an email on 16 April 2019 advising which school their child has been offered a place at. All applicants will be sent a letter on 16 April 2019 with all relevant information.

Important things to remember when applying

  • apply on time, ie no later than 15 January 2019
  • it is the responsibility of parents/carers to apply for a school place
  • you can list three different schools in order of preference.
  • we advise you to enter your catchment (or designated area) school as one of your preferences
  • if your application is late, it will be processed later in the year, and you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools

Parents’ guide

Further information about the junior school application process and general information about Oxfordshire junior schools can be found in our Stepping Up guide (3MB)

School Transport

Junior school children are eligible for free home to school transport where they attend their nearest available school, if that school is over 2 miles (for those age 7) from their home address or 3 miles (for those age 8 and above). However, transport can also be provided where the distance to the nearest available school is less than the above distances 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.

To find out where your nearest school is, please contact us here: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/contact-school-admissions-team

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

Catchment areas

Many, but not all, primary and infant 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 catchment areas/designated areas can be found for all schools (where they use them) on our list of schools page

Please note that applying for your catchment school does not guarantee that your child will be offered a place, or that they are eligible for free home to school transport. See transport paragraph above.

Will I get help with transport to school?

Read our school travel page to find out whether your child is eligible for free or concessionary transport.

Appeal

You have the right to appeal for a place at any school where a place could not be offered. The information sent out to you in the post will explain more about who is responsible for organising your appeal.

How places were allocated

Information on how places were allocated in a particular school is available on the individual school pages.

  • School allocation data on 18 April 2017 (pdf format, 24Kb)

Moving/transferring schools

Visit the apply to transfer schools page if you are moving to Oxfordshire with a primary age child or are considering transferring your child to another primary school in Oxfordshire. Contact the Admissions Team for further advice.