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Admissions to infant and primary schools

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

Children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 (inclusive) will be starting Reception from September 2018.

Applications for infant and primary school that were received by the deadline of 15 January were processed on 16 April.

Applications received between 16 January and 3 May will be considered in the second allocation round on 12 June. Responses to applications will be sent out by second class post on 12 June.

Please allow two to four working days for your letters to arrive. They contain all the relevant information you need.

Information about the outcome of applications will not be discussed over the telephone, so please do not call.

If you have missed the deadline to submit an application for infant or primary school, you should complete a paper application form (pdf format, 37Kb) and ensure it reaches the Admissions Team as soon as possible. Applications received after 3 May will be considered in late June or July.

How to respond to offers

The deadline for accepting or declining an infant or primary school place was 3 May 2018.

If you missed this deadline, please return your completed response form to the Admissions Team as soon as possible.

Responses can no longer be submitted online.

Continued Interest (Waiting) List:

Where a child has been refused a place at a preferred school, you can add their name to the relevant continued interest list.

The deadline for receipt of continued interest forms was 3 May.

If you missed this deadline, please return your completed form to the Admissions Team as soon as possible.

Forms received after 3 May will be considered in late June or July.

If your child has not been refused a place at a preferred school, you will not be able to add their name to a continued interest list.

Free home to school transport

If your child is eligible for free home to school transport, you will have been sent a transport form with your school allocation letter in the post.

You cannot respond to a transport offer online.

If you want to accept the offer of free home to school transport, or decline the offer, please complete the paper form and return it to the Admissions Team as soon as possible.

Key dates

  • 15 January 2018 - closing date for on-time applications
  • 16 April 2018 - allocation day: letters sent (by second class post) and emails sent detailing the offer of a school place
  • 3 May 2018 - deadline for submitting response form, continued interest forms, late applications and changes of preference
  • 12 June 2018 – second allocation round: letters sent after first run of continued interest list and late applications
  • September 2018 – start of the school year

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.

New primary schools for 2018

Gagle Brook Primary School, Bicester

Charlotte Avenue, Bicester, OX27 8BD

Admission Number: 30

For full contact details, oversubscription criteria and catchment area details please see our list of schools page

Further details available from the school’s website: www.gaglebrook.org.uk

The Aureus Primary School, Didcot

Clover Fields, Didcot OX11 6GS

Admission Number: 60

For full contact details, oversubscription criteria and catchment area details please see our list of schools page

Further details available from the school’s website: www.aureusschool.org/610/our-primary-school

Parents’ guide

Further information about application to Reception can be found in our primary and infant school guide, Starting School (pdf format, 1Mb)

School transport

Primary and infant school children below 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. Please see the Travelling to school page for further details.

To find out where your nearest school is, please contact us

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 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.

Please note that attending your catchment school does not guarantee that your child is eligible for free home to school transport.  Primary and infant 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 route to the nearest available school is less than 2 miles and the route is currently listed as dangerous by the council. Please see the Travelling to school page for further details.

Alternatively contact and address details can be found using the Oxfordshire schools search.

This search gives rough straight line distances from a post code to school. The Admissions Team measures more precisely, from the child’s home address to school, in determining home to school distances.

Will my child get a place?

Catchment area is one of the ways that places at schools are decided. There are other factors, such as whether a child has a brother or sister at the school or whether they have special educational needs. Religious or faith schools could use the religion of your child or family as a deciding factor.

You can find the admission rules for all state funded Oxfordshire schools on our ‘list of schools’ page

What if I don’t get the place I want?

You can do one or more of the following:

  • Add your child's name to the Continued Interest (or waiting) list. More information (pdf format, 235Kb) Please beware that if you add your child’s name to a school’s continued interest list, and a place becomes available that can be allocated your child, the place will be given to your child and their place at the school originally offered will be taken away.
  • Change preferences - add new preference(s) or change preference order. More information (pdf format, 130Kb)  
  • Appeal for a place (see below)

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 at all schools is available on the individual school pages

Junior school applications

Junior schools are those that take children aged 7-11. Please see the junior school page for further details.

Deferring an application

Parents of children born between 1 April 2014 and 31 August 2014 may request that their application be deferred for entry to Reception in September 2019.

If this request is agreed to, it does not guarantee a place for your child at your preferred school and adds no weight to the application. The application will be considered alongside all others and any available places will be allocated in accordance with the school’s published admissions rules.

Full information on application deferrals can be found in the ‘Starting School’ online booklet, available from September.

To request a deferred application complete a deferral request form. You should submit the request before 15 January 2018.

Help and advice

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

Transferring schools

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

Last reviewed
08 May 2018