Information for parents and carers of children due to transfer to secondary school in September 2018
Children born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007 (inclusive) need to apply for a secondary school place for their children.
From 8 September 2017 you can apply online for a secondary school place.
If you cannot apply online, you can complete a paper application form (pdf format, 122Kb). The deadline for receipt of secondary school applications is 31 October 2017.
Please note that UID numbers no longer work for online applications. Applicants now have to manually enter all requested details.
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
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.
September 2018 – start of the school year
Everyone who applies online by 31 October 2017 will receive an email on 1 March 2018 advising which school their child has been offered a place at. All applicants will also be sent a letter on 1 March 2018 with all relevant information.
The deadline for responding to school offers and transport offers, or to add your child's name to a continued interest list, or to submit a new application is 21 March 2018.
Further information about the secondary school application process and general information about Oxfordshire secondary schools can be found in our secondary school guide, Moving On (pdf format, 1.2Mb)
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.
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.
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. Find out what your catchment school is.
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.
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.
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 secondary schools on our ‘list of schools’ page.
You can do one or more of the following:
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.
Information on how places were allocated in a particular school is available on the individual school pages
For advice and information about applying for a secondary school place, please contact our School Admissions Team.
Visit the transferring schools page for information on in-year applications if you want to change your child's current school.