Reception Admissions


Find out how to apply for Reception class starting in 2022 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. Children are either learning through French and English, or through German and English, or 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 November 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 include this information on the form). The super-computer from the county council does the rest: it first deducts the children that are allocated a place by criteria A to 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 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,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 International Baccalaureate and have been accredited since until 2020.
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!

Timeline

  •  2 November 2021 - Parents can start to apply here: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/schools/apply-school-place/infant-and-primary-school
  • 15 January 2022 - closing date for applications on the website of the county council
  • 16 April 2022 – 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.
  • 4 May 2022 - deadline for submitting response form, continued interest forms, late applications and changes of preference
  • 10 June 2022 – 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.
  • 25 June: 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.
  • End of year - introduction, hopefully "live"
  • 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 2022 - 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 2021-22

It is full of practical information about school life, so be sure to read it please. It will be updated for next school year, but most of the information will still be relevant.

Lunches

Every child in key stage 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. This year Oxfordshire County Council has collected preferences at the same time as the applications. They will send the school these preferences as soon as the offers for places have been made.

The school then uses the admission rank order and offers the applicant with rank number 1 their first 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 the school can make this decision.

You will receive an email from the school with the allocated language stream before the deadline to accept the place.

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 2021-22?

You can find our calendar here: https://europaschooluk.org/parent-zone/calendar/

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

We have obtained accreditation as an IB school for the end qualification, and this program has successfully launched in September 2020 for the then 6th form. You can find more information on our IB page.

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.