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Information for parents and carers of children due to transfer to secondary school in September 2018

Parents and carers of children born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007 (inclusive) need to apply for a secondary school place for their children.

How to apply for a secondary school place

Applications cannot be submitted online. You will need to complete a paper application form (pdf format, 122Kb) and return it to the School Admissions Team.

The deadline for receipt of applications for the first allocation round was 31 October 2017.  These applications were processed on 1 March 2018, National Allocation Day.

The deadline for receipt of applications for the second (late) allocation round was 21 March 2018. These applications will be processed on 8 May 2018.

Applications received after 21 March will be considered later in the year.

If you missed the deadline to submit a secondary school application, or want to change the application you made, you need to submit an application form.

How to respond to offers

Response forms:

The deadline for accepting or declining a school place was 21 March. If you have missed this deadline, please send your paper response form 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 21 March. Forms received by this date will be considered in the second (late) allocation round on 8 May 2018.

If you have missed this deadline, your child will not be included for second allocation round on 8 May, but will be considered later in the year.

You can no longer add a child’s name to the continued interest list online. Paper forms must be returned by post to the School Admissions Team.

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, we will send you a transport form.

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. The deadline for receipt of transport forms was 21 March. If you have missed this deadline, please return the form as soon as possible.

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

  • 8 September 2017 - parents can start to apply 
  • 31 October 2017 - closing date for on-time applications
  • 1 March 2018 – allocation day: letters (sent by second class post) and emails sent detailing the offer of a school place
  • 21 March 2018 - deadline for submitting response form, continued interest forms, late applications and changes of preference
  • 8 May 2018 – second allocation round: letters sent after first run of continued interest list and late applications

September 2018 – start of the school year

Important things to remember when applying

  • 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) school as one of your preferences
  • if your application is late, 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, Moving On (pdf format, 1.2Mb)

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 three miles from their home address. However, transport can also be provided where the distance to the nearest available school is less than three 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, 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.

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 secondary 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 in a particular school is available on the individual school pages.

Information about how places were allocated across all Oxfordshire secondary schools can be found here (pdf format)

Some secondary schools still have places available in Year 7 for September 2018 entry. Details can be found here (pdf format, 48Kb). Any requests for places at these schools, and any other schools, received by 21 March 2018 will be considered in the second allocation round on 8 May.

Help and advice

For advice and information about applying for a secondary 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
26 March 2018