Admissions

What are your admissions criteria?

In accordance with legal requirements, children who have an Education, Health & Care (EHC) Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Need naming the school will always be admitted.

  1. The admission rules for The Cooper School are shown below in descending order of priority.

  2. Children who are “looked after” – Please view the full policy for further details.

  3. Disabled children who need to be admitted on the grounds of physical accessibility. The definition of disability is that contained within the Equality Act 2010.

  4. Children of employees of the Bernwode Schools Trust (Multi Academy Trust) schools – whether they live in the designated area or not.

  5. Children who attend one of the Bernwode Schools Trust (Multi Academy Trust) schools, regardless of whether they live in the school’s designated area or not.

a. Children who live in the designated area with a brother or sister on roll at the time of application who will still be attending at the time of entry. However, if there are more applicants than places priority will be given, within this group, to those children who live closest to the school by the nearest designated public route as defined on the Oxfordshire County Council’s Directorate for Children, Education & Families’ Geographic Information System.

b. Children who live in the designated area who live closest to the school by the nearest designated public route as defined on the Oxfordshire County Council’s Directorate for Children, Education & Families’ Geographic Information System.

  1. Children living outside the designated area who have a brother or sister on roll at the time of application who will still be attending the preferred school at the time of entry. – Please view the full policy for further details.

  2. Children who attend one of the following schools: Charlton-on-Otmoor CE Primary School Finmere CE Primary School Fringford CE Primary School Langford Village School, Bicester Launton CE Primary School Longfields Primary and Nursery School, Bicester and live outside the designated area. If there are more applications than places, priority will be given to those children who live closest to the school by the shortest designated public route as defined on the Oxfordshire County Council’s Directorate for Children, Education & Families’ Geographic Information System.

  3. Those children who live closest to the school

My child's primary school is not a member of the Bernwode Schools Trust but we live near the school. Will we get a place?

Please see the question above regarding our admissions criteria. These are listed in order of priority for allocation of a place. If your child does not go to a primary school that is part of The Bernwode Schools Trust (criteria number 4 on the list) then they may not get a place if The Cooper School is oversubscribed, unless they meet one or more of criteria numbers 1, 2 or 3

Can I come and have a look around the school?

Of course you can.

If you are considering The Cooper School for your child, we would be delighted to arrange a tour of the school at a time that suits you. Please do not hesitate in contacting the school via our Contact Us page to request further information or to book your tour/visit.

We also hold annual Open Evenings, usually at the end of September and/or the beginning of October of each year. This offers an excellent opportunity to visit all of our departments and speak to members of staff, as well as current students.

Please check our school calendar for details or contact the school. Our Open Evenings are also published on this website, in the local press and on social media.

My child goes to a primary school that is part of the Bernwode Schools Trust. does this mean he/she will automatically get a place?

Please see the question above regarding our admissions criteria, these are listed in order of priority for allocation of a place. Whatever the priority, your child will still need an application filled in for them in the September and October of the year they join Year 6 of their primary school.

If your child attends a primary school that is not part of The Bernwode Schools Trust, but you live close to the school, then this would likely put your application in category 5b and your child would have a high likelihood of gaining a place.

I don't live near the school. Can I still put it down as my first choice for my child?

Yes. Your application will only be refused if other applicants meet the admissions criteria more than you. Please see the ‘Admissions criteria’ question above for more details regarding the order of criteria for allocation of a place at The Cooper School.

Where can I find more information about admissions to The Cooper School?

How do I apply for a place at The Cooper School?

You must apply at the website of the Local Authority in which you live. If you live in a council with a unitary authority, you will have a single council that you need to apply to, the same as the one you pay Council Tax to. However, if you live in an area that has multiple councils, (Town, District and County) this will likely be your County Council. Applications normally open in early September and stay open till October 31st of each year.

Local Council authorities that our pupils normally live in include:

When should I apply?

Applications normally open at the beginning of September and are open until 31st October. You should apply in the year your child begins attending Year 6. For more exact details, please visit the website of the Local Authority you live in that is responsible for education.

Do you have an open evening that I could attend?

Yes. We hold annual Open Evenings, usually at the end of September and/or the beginning of October of each year. This offers an excellent opportunity to visit all of our departments and speak to members of staff, as well as current students. Please check our school calendar for details or contact the school. Our Open Evenings are also published on this website, in the local press and on social media. We also keep an Open Evening website with details of the event here. - openevening.bernwode.com

What can I do if I don't get a place?

Please read the information for appeals on your council's website