PrimaryReception entryReception 2020

Find out how to apply for a place for Year 1 to Year 6 for September 2020 or later in the year.

We have 3 classes in Year 1 to Year 4 for the school year 2019-20, and Year 1 to Year 5 from September 2020. Each class is taught in English for 2.5 days and the other half in either French, German or Spanish with another teacher. For year 5 and 6, there are 2 classes, with only French or German as second language. as the Spanish stream started later and is still growing.

In general our primary classes tend to be full, so places can be offered only when a child leaves the school. In general  more places are available at the end of the school year, but applications can be submitted at any time. When a place becomes available we offer it as soon as possible to the applicant with the highest ranking according to our admissions policy.

Please fill in an application form on the website of the county council to add your child’s name to the continued interest list* for that school year and add your name to our mailing list so we can get quickly in touch about the language if an offer can be made.

*If you apply for the school and are initially unsuccessful, you may request that the county council holds your details on a continued interest list and we would then inform you if a place becomes available for your child. Please remember to apply for each subsequent school year around the beginning of June of each year.

Frequently Asked Questions

My child does not speak French/German/Spanish, can they still join?
The school is often asked whether a child that does not speak French/German/Spanish can still join in a later year. In terms of admissions the answer is a straightforward “yes” and they will be very welcome. We would encourage you to think carefully about how you will support your child, as it will be quite a challenge for them to start in later years. Half the week is taught in the second language, and this can be quite daunting for them the first couple of months. That said, quite a few children have now managed this challenge and are happy and settled in the school.
We live outside of Oxfordshire, can we obtain a place?
There are waiting lists for each year in primary and it is unlikely that  anyone living outside of Oxfordshire will be closest to one of our nodal points.  However, you can apply and may be successful.  If you plan to move closer to the school you can can apply and change your address to a local one as soon as you have a proof of address. Please send this proof the county council and not to the school.

My child is bilingual French already. Does he/she have priority?
No, language or culture is not one of our admissions criteria. As a state-funded school, all applications have equal status.
I do not understand how the nodal points work. Can you give an example please?
When we receive the list with applicants from the county council, they provide for each applicant their distance from each nodal point:

If it is an in-year application and we have 1 place, we will have to calculate which point we will need to fill. We will deduct the siblings and then calculate the balance in the class. The point that is out of balance, will need the new pupil. If we have to fill nodal point 2, we will look who lives closest to nodal point 2, in this case John Smith. If we have to fill nodal point 3, the place will go to Lucie Brown. Reese White with an address abroad will never be the closest unless there are no people on the waiting list or if the people before him refuse the place, which does happen occasionally.

I work for the European Commission, does my child have priority?
Our school is subject to national admissions rules in the UK and has no bilateral agreement with the European Commission or Agencies.
My child is German, surely you will only offer a place for the German class in year 4?
As a state school we do not make any differentiation based on background or culture, or even language knowledge in primary. If a place comes up in the French class, and your child has priority, we will offer the place to your child. If you accept it, we expect the parents and child to be fully behind the decision and challenge in order to tackle this language, and we will provide in-school support to help your child succeed.

If you do not wish up take the place up, you can turn it down, while remaining on the waiting list.

If we have a place in both classes, we will ask the applicant with the highest priority (based on the admissions ranking) for their preference. We will offer the other place to the lower ranking successful applicant. This means it can happen, that a child that speaks English only, but has a higher admissions ranking will take up the place in the German class, while we offer a child that only speaks German, with the lower ranking, a place in the French class. It is always up to the parents to accept or decline the place of course.

Can I accept the place, but remain on the waiting list for another class?
The simple answer is – no-. We do not have a waiting list for the other class. When a child enters a class, but does not speak the language, the school invests a lot in helping the child get to the right level. It will only really work, if the child and family are behind the language and fully supportive. The child will be less motivated, if it is seen as a temporary waiting stage until a place comes up in the other class. It will also be disruptive for the other pupils in both classes.

It is possible to withdraw your child and reapply to the school. It has happened in the past that the governors have allowed a change in reception and year 1 to avoid the parents from actually doing so, where the person that wished to move had a clear priority over anyone else on the continued interest list.

Find out how to apply for Reception class starting in 2020 or subsequent years.

Europa School UK is part of Oxfordshire County Council’s admissions round for 2020 and for subsequent years.

We admit 90 pupils per year for three classes in Reception. One learning through French and English, the second through German and English and through Spanish and English. In the UK a child starts in Reception the September after their 4th birthday.

Before you apply, we request that you consider very carefully the long-term, whole-family commitment involved. We encourage you to look closely at our curriculum and find out more about becoming bilingual. Learning in two languages is a wonderful opportunity but it will be hard work and needs your full commitment.

Applications can usually be submitted from around October of the year before on the website of the county council.

Kiddylinguistics: even though the nursery is located on school premises, it is an independent organisation and attendance does not give any priority for entry to the school. Please refer to our admissions policy for information on our oversubscription criteria.

Frequently Asked Questions

I do not understand how the nodal points work. Can you give an example please?
When we receive the list with applicants from the county council, they provide for each applicant their distance from each nodal point:

If it is for a reception place, we tell the county council which pupils are confirmed as having sibling or staff priority (do not forget to to include this information on the form). The super-computer from the county council does the rest. It actually does this: it first deducts the children that are allocated a place by criteria A/D of the admissions policy. It then calculates how many places will be assigned to each nodal point and will proceed to do so. As you can see in the example picture, for each applicant, the distance to each nodal point is given. This means that sometimes a child that lives a long way from the school is offered a place whilst another who lives closer is not.  In this case the successful applicant was admitted via a different point than the school.

The school is oversubscribed, which means that we receive more applications than that we have places. As a consequence, it will be very difficult for Reese White, illustrated in the example above, to obtain a place until they have a local address. Many families moving from abroad face this difficulty.

The school cannot give you any advice on where you should obtain an address, so please don’t ask us! Since the area depends on how many people apply and where they live, the distances to the 3 nodal points can change from one year to the next.

How do you determine who goes in which class (which language) for reception?
First, we determine a ranking from 1 to 90 on the basis of our admissions policy. After the siblings and staff children, we use the ranking determined by entry to give priority. (First node 1, then node 2, etc. keeping the balance as much as possible to 50/35/15%).

The county council will send us the first and second preferences as parents have indicated when applying for a school place. We will only receive this information after places have been allocated.

We then go down the list and offer applicant number 1 their preference, then number 2, etc, until a class is full. When a class is full, we give the next person their second preference. When 2 classes are full, the rest goes to the third class. So it is possible that we offer a French child a place in the Spanish class. Please remember that as a state funded school, we cannot make any decisions based on background and culture, and this is the only unbiased way we can make this decision.

With Brexit, will you still be able to be a European School?
We offer the European Baccalaureate and have been accredited as a European School until 2021. We are well advanced in our preparation for an alternative qualification and will make announcements in the coming months.
There are many stories about schools that are underfunded. Are you impacted by this?
Yes, unfortunately our funding is low but we have benefited from generous voluntary parental donations in the last two years, enabling us to continue to enrich the education of our pupils. For more information on fundraising please see our Fundraising page.
I work for the European Commission, does my child have priority?
Our school is subject to national admissions rules in the UK and has no bilateral agreement with the European Commission or Agencies.
Take a look at the timeline, find out what happens in the first couple of weeks and read our FAQs!

The governing body has decided to increase class numbers from 28 to 30 for Reception 2020. 

Timeline

  • Open day: Saturday 19 October 2019 at 10.30 for primary
  • 1 November 2019 – Parents can start to apply
  • Open day: Thursday 9 January 2020 at 09.30 for primary
  • 15 January 2020 – closing date for applications on the website of the county council
  • 16 April 2020 – National Allocation Day: letters (sent by second class post) and emails sent detailing the offer of a school place. If the answer is negative, please make sure to tell the county council that you wish to remain on our continued interest list for round 2. (Usually you can do this via the portal that you used to apply for a school place).
  • The school will receive a list from the county council with the first and second language preference. We will confirm everyone’s language allocation before the deadline the beginning of May. NB Check your spam e-mail regularly, in case our e-mails are sent there.
  • Tuesday 5 May 2020 at 10.00 for secondary, with a possibility to speak with someone about late primary applications at the end of the talk.
  • Beginning of May 2020 – deadline for submitting response form, continued interest forms, late applications and changes of preference
  • around 12 June 2020 (to be confirmed here) – second allocation round: This will include all late applications and those that requested to be on our continued interest list. We usually have some places for this round.
  • The week of 22 June or 29 June: several “meet the teacher” sessions for parents and children – more details will be sent out by e-mail closer to the date.
  • Summer – We will send login details to the parent portal to those who accepted the place, so you can check that all details, like the name of your child, are correct before we print any labels – as soon as we receive the list from the county council with whom has accepted the place
  • September 2020 – start of the school year: the children will have 2 mornings or one morning and 1 afternoon the first week, so they have the opportunity to settle in properly before starting full days.

Parent Handbook

It is full of practical information about school life, so be sure to read it please. This is the version for 2019-20, but we don’t expect many changes for reception.

Lunches

Every child in keystage 1 (Reception included) will be entitled to a free school dinner. We will send out more information on the menus before the end of the summer holidays. We need to inform the catering company of numbers, so please let us know if your child will not make use of them. It is important for the school to know, as we will only get refunded for the actual meals consumed. There is always a vegetarian option.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I buy a school uniform?

There is no school uniform, so you can go shopping wherever you like. Practical and easily washed clothes are a good idea though as the Reception year spends a lot of time outside, even when it is muddy! The parent handbook will tell you exactly what you will need.

How do you determine who goes in which class (which language) for reception?

First, we determine a ranking from 1 to 90, where number 1 would be a sibling. After the siblings, we use the ranking determined by entry to give priority. We will then send out an e-mail to all applicants offered a place and ask for their first and second preference. We then go down the list and offer applicant number 1 their preference, then number 2, etc, until a class is full. When a class is full, we give the next person their second preference. When 2 classes are full, the rest goes to the third class. So it is possible that we offer a French child a place in the Spanish class. Please remember that as a state funded school, we cannot make any decisions based on background and culture, and this is the only unbiased way we can make this decision.

Can I accept the place, but remain on the waiting list for the other class?
The simple answer is – no-. We do not have a waiting list for the other class. When a child enters a class, but does not speak the language, the school invests a lot in helping the child get to the right level. It will only really work, if the child and family are behind the language and fully supportive. The child will be less motivated, if it is seen as a temporary waiting stage until a place comes up in the other class. It will also be disruptive for the other pupils in both classes.

It is possible to withdraw your child and reapply to the school. It has happened in the past that the governors have allowed a change in reception and year 1 to avoid the parents from actually doing so, where the person that wished to move had a clear priority over anyone else on the continued interest list. However, these cases are very rare, so if your heart is set on a certain language, we advise you to turn down the place, and ask to remain on the continued interest list for if a place comes up in that class.

How do I sign up for the After School Club?
Do I need to start teaching my child French/German/Spanish/English?

No, most children can pick it up at school. Our teachers will make allowances for children that do not understand in the first months to make sure they settle in well and happily.

Children are like sponges, so can I expect my child to speak French/German/Spanish in a couple of months?

No, while children would learn the language rather quickly in a full French/German/Spanish environment in and outside of school, remember that the children only have 2,5 school days in the second language. Generally, children will start to understand during the first year, but it will be over 2 years before they really start to speak it actively (and the character of the child in question plays a major role too, of course).

With all the focus on language, will my child get behind in other subjects, like maths?

The school follows the maths curriculum of the European Schools, where the focus is on really understanding smaller numbers before moving on to bigger numbers. This is a deliberate choice, and not because they are “focused on learning another language”. In terms of English, on average the children are slightly behind their peers in KS1 (Reception to year 2), but generally catch up during Key stage 2, while at the same time gaining an additional language. For our KS2 results (end of primary), please go here: https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/138269/europa-school-uk

What are the calendar dates for 2020-21 ?

For the Easter holidays and onwards we have to have the same timetable as the European Schools for the Baccalaureate exams, the school tries to align with the county council for the other holidays, as there are many families with one child with us and another child in another school. The calendar will be published on our Calendar page as soon as we know the holidays of the European Schools and confirmed by our governing body. If it has not yet been published, it means we do not know exactly yet.

With Brexit, will you still be able to be a European School?

We offer the European Baccalaureate and have been accredited as a European School until 2021. We are well advanced in our preparation for a move to the International Baccalaureate for after, in case we cannot continue the European Baccalaureate.

There are many stories about schools that are underfunded. Are you impacted by this?


Yes, unfortunately our funding is low but we have benefited from generous voluntary parental donations in the last two years, enabling us to continue to enrich the education of our pupils. For more information on fundraising please see our Fundraising page.


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Open days
Saturday 19 October at 10.30 for primary
– Thursday 9 January at 09.30 for primary
– Tuesday 5 May at 10.00 for secondary (applications for the following year can be submitted the first week of June, including year 7).

The deadline for September 2020 applications is mid-January 2020.

We have generally 3 open days per year, including a Saturday. Children are welcome, but it tends to be a bit long for them, so please bring some toys along. The sessions generally take about 1.5 hours including a tour of the school, but it depends on how many questions there are.

Appeals

More information: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/schoolappeals

If your school place application is not successful, you will be able to appeal. You can do this by emailing schoolappeals@oxfordshire.gov.uk. If you would like to appeal by post, please write to:

Richard Doney
Education Appeals Law and Governance
Oxfordshire County Council
County Hall
New Road
Oxford
OX1 1ND

Please read our appeals timetable for more information.

Nodal Points

The nodal points referred to in over-subscription criterion D (or E in the new proposed admissions policy) are marked approximately on the map below.

Enquiries: The Europa School UK is its own admissions authority. To confirm whether your child is on our continued interest list or to discuss the prospects of obtaining a place, please contact the school and not Oxfordshire County Council.

 

Contact Us

If you have any queries, please contact us via the contact form below. This will not add you to our mailing list. If you wish to be notified of key dates, you can add your name to our mailing list. Please note, the school is currently closed for the summer, and the office will reopen in September. For applications, please apply via the county council.

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