Admissions to junior schools

Applying to start infant and primary school for the first time.

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

The deadline for receipt of completed junior school applications was 15 January 2019. Applicants who applied on time will be contacted on 16 April 2018 with the outcome to their application.

If you missed this deadline, you must complete a paper application form (pdf format, 40Kb). Application forms submitted between 16 January and 3 May 2019 will be processed on 12 June 2019.

It is no longer possible to apply online for a Year 3 junior school place for 2019/20 entry.

List of junior schools

There are three junior schools in Oxfordshire:


Infant School

Historical linked junior or primary school


Faringdon Infant School Lechlade Road, Faringdon, SN7 8AH

Faringdon Junior School Gloucester Street, Faringdon, SN7 7HZ


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


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
  • 3 May 2019 – Last date for responding to an offer and for placing a child’s name on a Continued Interest (Waiting) List in response to offers made on 16 April; and last date for late applications and changes of preference to be considered in the second round of the allocation process
  • 12 June 2019 – second allocation round
  • September 2019 – start of the school year

Allocation day

Everyone who applied 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 on-time applicants will be sent a letter on 16 April 2019 with all relevant information.

People who submit applications between 16 January and 3 May 2019 will be sent a letter on 12 June 2018 with the outcome to their application.

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:

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.


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.