Secondary school applications

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

Children born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 (inclusive) need to apply for a secondary school place for their children.

How to apply

From 10 September 2018 you can apply online for a secondary school place.

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 secondary school applications is 31 October 2018.

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 schools

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.

Key dates

  • 10 September 2018 - parents can start to apply 
  • 31 October 2018 - closing date for applications
  • 1 March 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 31 October 2018 will receive an email on 1 March 2019 advising which school their child has been offered a place at. All applicants will also be sent a letter on 1 March 2019 with all relevant information.

Important things to remember when applying

  • apply on time, ie no later than 31 October 2018
  • you can list three different schools in order of preference. We strongly advise you to use all three preferences
  • it is the responsibility of parents/carers to apply for a school place
  • 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 secondary school application process and general information about Oxfordshire secondary schools can be found in our secondary school guide.

If you wish to apply for The Swan School, a proposed new secondary school in Oxford, please see the information on page 10 of this guide.

School Transport

Secondary school children are eligible for free home to school transport where they attend their nearest available school, if that school is over 3 miles from their home address. However, transport can also be provided where the distance to the nearest available school is less than 3 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.

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.

To find out where your nearest school is, please contact the Schools Admission Team.

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

Catchment areas

Many, but not all, secondary 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 catchments area/designated areas can be found for all schools (where they use them) on our list of schools page

Please note that attending your catchment school does not guarantee that your child is eligible for free home to school transport.  Secondary school children are eligible for free home to school transport where they attend their nearest available school, if that school is over 3 miles from the home address. However, transport can also be provided where the route to the nearest available school is less than 3 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.

How places are allocated

Information on how places are allocated at all schools is available on the individual school pages

Help and advice

For advice and information about applying for a secondary school place, please contact our School Admissions Team.

In-Year Transfers

Visit the transferring schools page for information on in-year applications if you want to change your child's current school.