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On this page you will find full details of our school admissions policy, including our criteria for admissions, how to apply for a place at our school and our oversubscription criteria. You will also find information about how you can find out more about our admissions policy and how to appeal if you are unhappy with the school place you are offered for your child.


At Buckland School our nursery children take priority over children who live out of catchment without a sibling currently at the school and therefore our nursery children have a high likelihood of obtaining a school place.  For information on our nursery and admissions please visit our nursery page.


Admission Numbers

The Faringdon Academy of Schools will work with the Local Education Authority (LEA) each year to provide an appropriate number of places for our catchment area and the capacity of our schools, identified as the Published Admission Number. The dates relating to each year’s admissions are available on the Oxfordshire County Council website. Parents are strongly advised to meet the timetable requirements detailed by OCC.


School Admission Procedure and School Place Appeals Procedure

Admissions are administered on our behalf by the LEA, according to the Oxfordshire County Council Policy. More information can be found on their website.


Admissions amendment to be applied from September 2021

In June 2021the DfE provided guidance around internationally adopted previously looked after children (IAPLAC), to be adopted and applied from September 2021.  The Board of Trustees adopted this amendment in June 2021 for implementation.  Please find the guidance below, to be read in conjunction with our Admissions policy.

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School Admissions


The admission process is through Oxfordshire County Council, important dates are:


Key dates Event
3 November 2020      Applications open.
15 January 2021 Closing date for applications.
16 April 2021 National offer day: look online, receive email and letters are sent out by second class post where needed.
4 May 2021 Last date to respond to offers.
Last date to be added to the continued interest list for offers made 16 April.
Last date for late applications, and changes of preference.
10 June 2021 Offer day for late applications made by 4 May. 
25 June 2021 Last date to respond to offers on 10 June.
Last date for change of preference for offers on 10 June
Last date to be added to the continued interest list for offers made 10 June.
September 2021 Start of the school year.


Nursery Admissions

Please see our Buckland Nursery page for details on nursery admissions and our expression of interest form.

In Year Admissions

For information about applying when moving or transferring school (in-year transfers) please OCC In Year Admissions Page.