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St. John's Catholic Primary School is an academy and, as such, the Academy Committee is responsible for admitting children to the school. We welcome applications from all parents and carers, regardless of faith or background. Please see our Admission Policy below.

If you are thinking of applying for a place for your child, you are very welcome to visit the school at any time – please contact us to arrange an appointment.

Admissions to our Reception Class

The school admits children to the Reception Class through the Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme

Children are admitted to the Reception class in the September following their fourth birthday. If you wish to apply for a place for your child you will need to complete your home Local Authority’s Admission Application Form. For Oxfordshire County Council this can be found on their website at Here you will also find information about the admissions process and key dates and deadlines. These may vary from county to county, so if you do not live in Oxfordshire, you should refer to your own Local Authority.

The school’s Supplementary Information Form, included in the Admissions Policy, must also be completed. This form is used to give the Academy Committee the additional information they require in order to rank applicants according to the school’s published admissions criteria. The form may be submitted at any time up to the Local Authority closing date for applications. Places are allocated strictly according to the school’s Admissions Policy.

A certificate of Catholic Baptism/Reception should be provided with the Supplementary Information Form in order for the application to be considered in a Catholic category. Failure to provide evidence of Catholic Baptism/Reception may affect the criterion in which the child is placed.

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In-Year Applications  

An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places.  An application should be made to the school by completing the in-year admissions application form which is available at the bottom of this page.

A hard copy of the application form can be obtained by contacting the school office on 01295 263740 or emailing  

Completed application forms must be and returned to Laura Houghton, St. John’s RC Primary School, Avocet Way, Chatsworth Drive,Banbury,OX16 9YA  

Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out in the admission arrangements for 2023/2024, will be applied. The full admission arrangements can be accessed from or by contacting the school office to request a hard copy  Parents are advised to read the admission arrangements carefully before making their application.

If there are no places available, the child will be added to the waiting list and further information relating to this will be included in the letter sent from the school advising you of the outcome of your application.  Please see the admission arrangements for more details.

You will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing as soon as possible.  Applicants must be informed of the outcome of their application within 15 school days of its receipt, but the aim is to notify applicants of the outcome of their application within 10 school days of its receipt.  

You have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel if your application is unsuccessful.

If you have any questions in relation to in-year admissions please contact Laura Houghton.

You may also wish to discuss in-year applications with the local authority Oxfordshire County Council.