An update about the offer of infant and primary school places for September 2019

Information for parents of children starting school in September 2019.

This update is being sent to parents who made an online application for a school place for their child.

Offer emails and letters

Those who applied online will be sent an email naming the school being offered by 11.59pm on Tuesday, 16 April.

A letter will also be sent by second-class post. This may take two to three working days to arrive.

All relevant information will be sent by email and in the post, and the School Admissions Team will not be able to tell parents over the phone which school has been offered their child.

Accepting the offer

The offer letter and email will explain how to accept or refuse the offer.

The deadline for receipt of responses is Friday, 3 May 2019. Parents can respond online up to 11.59pm.

Paper response forms should be returned to the School Admissions Team at County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND, by 5pm, 3 May 2019.

If a child has not been offered a place at any of the schools listed on the application form, this will be because the school(s) received more applications than there were places available and other children had a higher priority for a place. Each school’s admission criteria are available online.

Accepting the offer will not affect a child’s position on continued interest waiting lists for any higher preference schools or influence the outcome of any appeal that is submitted.

Continued interest (waiting) lists (CILs)

If there is no offer of a place at a higher preference school(s) a parent may request online for a child to be added to the continued interest list. Children’s names are not added to a list automatically.

A child’s name can only be added to a list if a place has been officially refused.

The deadline for receipt of continued interest forms is Friday, 3 May 2019.

Continued interest lists are compiled in the same order as the oversubscription criteria for each school. Children’s names can move down as well as up a list as names are frequently added or removed.

Having a name on the continued interest list does not guarantee that a place will eventually be offered to that child.

Information on continued interest lists will not be available until June 2019. These lists will generally operate until 30 June 2020 (unless a school has published a different end date).

The second allocation round 

After all information has been collated, any places that are refused are available for reallocation.

The first point at which this will be done is the second allocation round which will take place on 12 June 2019.

The following applications will be considered together – in accordance with each school’s published admissions rules:

  • Late applications (received between 16 January 2019 and 3 May 2019)
  • Changes of preference (received by 3 May 2019)
  • Continued interest list requests (received by 3 May 2019)

If a place can be offered on 12 June for the first time, or at a different school to the offer on 16 April, we will write to the parent by second-class post on Wednesday, 12 June. No emails will be sent.


Admissions authorities need to put in place arrangements for parents to appeal if they are dissatisfied with an admissions decision. Information on appeals can be found in the 'Guide to admission appeals' and this is available on appeals page.

Free home to school travel

If we believe that a child is eligible for free home to school travel, we will send a transport response form. This will be sent on Tuesday, 16 April 2019, with the allocation letter.

It isn’t possible to respond to a transport offer online.

To accept or decline the offer of free home to school travel, the paper form should be completed and returned to the Admissions Team.

The deadline for receipt of transport forms is Friday 3 May 2019. 

More information about home to school travel at:

Starting at school

Children are legally entitled to a full-time school place from the start of term in September 2019, irrespective of when they reach the age of five in the academic year 2019/20.