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If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.



Children are required by law to receive education from the beginning of the school term after they reach the age of five. However, at Watchfield School we admit children full time into the Foundation Stage Unit at the start of the academic year in which they turn five. This is their F1 year. Parents have the option for their children to stay part time for the first term if they so wish. 


We also offer some part time places for children at the beginning of the academic year in which they become four. This is their F2 year. These children are entitled to 15 hours free nursery provision, which is taken in three hour sessions across the week. The morning session for part time children runs from 8.45am until 11.45am, with outdoor play activities part of the daily routine. The afternoon session runs from 12.00pm until 3.00pm.


Parents who wish their children to come to the school must apply for a place, initially through the school and we will advise parents on how to apply through Oxfordshire Local Education Authority, apart from nursery provision for which applications only need to be made directly to school. Further details of this process can be found by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.


Please do contact us to let us know you are interested in a place and we will give you all the help we can with the application process.


Prospective parents are always welcome to make an appointment for a visit during the day, to see the school in action.


If you are unhappy with the school place that your child is offered, you can appeal through the Oxfordshire County Council's Admissions Appeals process. More details are available on their website.

Current numbers on roll by year group


Nursery - 26

Reception - 55

Year 1 - 50

Year 2 - 51

Year 3 - 45

Year 4 - 36

Year 5 - 43

Year 6 - 24

After Year Six, children normally transfer to Faringdon Community College. Prior to this transfer, the children will have the opportunity to visit their new school and parents are invited to a meeting with the Headteacher and appropriate members of staff.


Arrangements for the Admission of Pupils with Disabilities

Watchfield School works closely with the Local Authority with regard to the admission of all pupils. Arrangements for the admission of pupils with disabilities begin before enrolment.

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