St Swithun's CE Primary SchoolGrundy Crescent, Kennington, Oxford OX1 5PS


Here are some common questions parents ask in connection with admissions.

Would it be possible for us to come and look round St Swithun's CE Primary School before we apply for a place for our child?

Certainly. Please visit our school, meet our Headteacher (Mrs Atkinson), tour the school and generally find out more for yourself.  Please phone the School Office for an appointment.  You are about to make a most important family decision, and we believe it essential that you visit any school you are considering for your child.

If you live outside St Swithun's catchment area, you are still welcome to come and see us.

How are places at the school decided?

In agreement with the School Governors, the Local Education Authority (LEA) have decided that St Swithun's School may admit up to 60 pupils into its two Reception Classes during the current academic year.

A booklet, "Starting School" is available for collection in any Oxfordshire Primary School or from the Admissions Team in Oxfordshire County Council.  You can apply for a school place on-line at or by using the form in the booklet. This form can be returned to the school or directly to the Admissions Team.

Parents of children attending nursery classes within a Primary School must apply for a place in the main school.  Please remember that it is the responsibility of parents/carers to apply for a school place.  You have the opportunity to list three different preferences for a school place and it is strongly advised that you use all three preferences.

What happens if there are too many applications?

The Local Authority publishes the criteria they apply to the allocation of places in an over-subscribed school.  You will find these included in the booklet "Starting School", this is also available online.

What dates should I be aware of?

Key Dates

  • 25th October 2017 - Online applications open
  • 15th January 2018 - Closing date for on-time reception applications
  • 12th March 2018 - Closing date for on-time nursery applications
  • 16th April 2018 - Offer of school places sent by first-class post and email
  • 3rd May 2018 - Deadline for accepting or declining places
  • September 2018 - pupils start school

 Nursery Application Form
 Please check this link for further dates:

Select this link for FAQs:

As this is only a guide, we highly recommend you read through your copy of the "Starting School" booklet.

Can I appeal if my child is not offered a place?

Yes. You have the right of appeal to a local appeals committee if your application for a place for your child is refused by the Local Authority.  Details of how to do this will be sent at the time of notification of places.

When will my child start school?

Children are offered full time places in the September of the school year of their fifth birthday. 

What happens before my child starts school?

Our aim is to make your child's entry to the school as happy and confident as possible. You will be invited to an ice-breaker session followed by a talk from our Foundation team. 

What happens if I move into the area and I would like my child to attend St Swithun's CE Primary School?

We are very happy to admit children into the school at any stage in their primary education, if a place is available. Please contact the School Office to make an appointment to meet the Headteacher and look round the school – see the "Contact Us" link.

How do I enter my child for admission to St Swithun's School Nursery?

You will need to register your child with the school for a nursery place. This will place your child's name on the 'Register of Applications for Admissions to Nursery'. Please contact the school office for a registration form and to arrange an appointment to look round the school. Please note that your child's attending our Nursery does not automatically mean that they will be allocated a place in Reception; a separate application must be made to the Local Authority's Admissions Team (see above).

Nursery Admissions

Nursery Admissions Policy 2017