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St Nicolas

Church of England Primary School, Abingdon


School Admissions

We warmly welcome visits to the school and look forward to showing you how we work at St Nicolas CE Primary School. If you'd like a tour of the school, please contact us via the school office to book an appointment with our Headteacher who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

The formal process for admissions to the school from reception to Year 6 is managd by the Local Authority's Admissions team. For more information, please visit the Oxfordshire County Website. Our Admissions policy also provides some relevant information.



Standard admission no is: 60 pupils per year group with +4 in Years 3 to 6
Attendance target 2017/18  96.7%


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


Would it be possible for us to come and look round St Nicolas C.E. Primary School before we apply for a place for our child?

We would be delighted to offer you a tour of our school, meet our Head teacher (Mr Spooner) and generally find out more for yourself. Please phone the School Office on 01235 520456 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 the catchment area, you are still welcome to come and see us. We do, however, advise you to visit your own catchment area school as well. This is in line with the policy agreed by all Abingdon Town Primary Head teachers.

How do I enter my child for admission to St Nicolas C.E. Primary School?

As a school we keep a ‘register of interest’ for any families who make contact with or visit the school, however, this is not an application to attend the school. There are specific application forms from the Local Education Authority (LEA) which must be completed and returned to them for this process to be completed. There are different forms for families applying for Reception or for other year group transfers. Most families apply on line but the school can provide a copy of the relevant form when you visit or they can be downloaded from the county council website.

What happens if I move into the area and I would like my child to attend St Nicolas C.E. 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 on 01235 520456 to make an appointment to meet the Head teacher and tour the school.

How are places at the school decided?

In agreement with the School Governors, the Local Education Authority (LEA) have decided that St Nicolas C.E. Primary School may admit up to 60 pupils across the two Reception classes during the current academic year. We have 60 pupils per year group in the infants and up to 64 in years 3 to 6, across 2 classes.


For entry to Reception, a booklet, "Starting School" is available for collection in any Oxfordshire Primary and Infant Schools 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. 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. Once this is completed please return it to the Head Teacher or school office. If you are unable to return it to your school please send the completed form to: Admissions Team, Children, Education and Families, County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND

What happens if there are too many applications?

There are specific criteria published by the LEA which apply to the allocation of places in an over-subscribed school. You will find these included in the booklet "Starting School"which is available online. More information or advice can be given during a visit to the school.

What dates should I be aware of?
For entry to Reception 2017:

  • 15th September 2016 On-line applications open and ‘Starting School’ information available on request from the Oxfordshire County Council .
  • 15th January 2017 Deadline for receipt of on-time applications for Reception for September 2017.
  • 6th February 2017 - Last date of confirmation of change of address or late applications with extenuating circumstances
  • 18th April 2017 The Admissions Team will send you a letter by second class post to let you know which school can be offered to your child. If you applied on-line you will also receive an email.
  • 5th May 2017 This is the deadline for receipt of any acceptance forms and for placing names on continued interest lists. also the last date for late applications and changes of preference to be considered in the 2nd round of allocations.
  • 15th May 2017 This is the date when the Admissions Team start considering all late applications and those who have requested to be on a continued interest list.
  • 12th June 2017 Letters offering places to late applicants / continued interest list sent via 2nd class mail.
  • 30th June 2017 This is the deadline for receipt of any acceptance forms from offers made on the 12th June.
  • September 2017 Your child will start their primary school. As each school in our county may vary, your school will inform you of their starting date. At St Nicolas C.E. Primary we do ‘staggered visits’ during the first 2 weeks to help your child settle into school.
  • 30th June 2018 This will be the date that all continued interest lists will be discontinued.


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 LEA. Details of how to do this will be sent at the time of notification of places by the LEA.

When will my child start school?
Children are offered full time places in the September of the school year of their fifth birthday. At St Nicolas part time places are available for 5 mornings for the younger children (Spring and Summer born). A child should be in school full time from the term after they turn 5 yrs.


Can I defer my child's entry to school?

Parents may defer their child’s entry to school. If the child is summer born (born Apr-Aug) they can start school part time until they turn 5 when they need to be in school full time. However, if a child turns 5 during the final term, parents can defer their entry to school until September.  A child will then start in Year 1.

If a parent wishes to defer entry for their summer born child and wishes to apply for a place in Reception, they can apply to the County Admissions Team who will consider their application based on individual circumstances. A specific application must be submitted to the Local Authority Admission team.


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. We invite parents to a meeting in June to give more details about the September entry to school. We do ‘home’ visits at the beginning of September and have staggered entry during the first two weeks of September.

Any children joining in other year groups will be offered the opportunity to join our ‘icebreaker’ session to familiarise them with their new school.