Prospective Parents

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To book onto an Open Morning, please use the link below:

Open Morning Bookings

  • Tuesday 28th September Fully booked
  • Wednesday 29th September Fully booked
  • Thursday 30th September Fully booked
  • Tuesday 5th October Fully booked
  • Wednesday 6th October Fully booked
  • Thursday 7th October Fully booked
  • Tuesday 12th October Fully booked
  • Wednesday 13th October Fully booked
  • Thursday 14th October Fully booked
  • Tuesday 19th October Fully booked
  • Wednesday 20th October Fully booked


Sessions will start promptly at 9am and finish at 10:15am

We look forward to welcoming your Year 6 son for the visit, but kindly ask that only one adult attends per family.

Parking available through the main gates, Mereland Road (next to the Leisure Centre).  A member of staff and some student guides will be available to meet you on arrivial.


We hope that the resources below will give you a flavour of just how inspiring life is at St Birinus School.

If you would like to book a conversation with the Headteacher to discuss admissions, please email

Resources from the SBS Open Evening 2020

Resources for Rising Year 7 Families

Information and details about our School Tours and Virtual Taster Sessions for Current Year 5 Boys


The Governors of St Birinus School adopt the same admission arrangements as those for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools. All applications for places should be made via the Local Authority using the contact details below.

To reserve a place for your son at St Birinus School, it is important to follow these procedures:

If your son is under the age of 11, you will need to apply for a place via Oxfordshire County Council. You can do this either by visiting their website or by completing a Common Application Form (CAF) from the back of the Moving On Booklet and posting to the address below. If you do not have a Moving On booklet please contact the School Admissions Team (contact details below) for a copy.

Please do not apply both online and on paper as this may delay the processing of the application.

School Admissions Team,  Oxfordshire County Council
Ground Floor, County Hall, New Road, OXFORD,  OX1 1ND

Tel: (01865) 815175,  Fax: (01865) 783198


Y6 Primary Visits

Throughout September, we visit the Year 6 boys who attend primary schools within the Didcot Area Partnership. A senior member of staff, and current SBS students, deliver a presentation to the pupils and their parents, giving them information about our school and an idea of what life at St Birinus School is like.

For any families with boys attending primary schools outside the Didcot Area Partnership, we will be holding a presentation evening in September, details will follow.

Key Dates for September 2022 Admissions


Applications open: 3 September 2021

Closing date for applications: 31 October 2021

School places offered by OCC (email offers for online applications) - national allocation day: 1 March 2022

If you missed the October deadline, please complete a paper application form, available here:

Common Application Form (Secondary) 2022

and ensure it reaches the School Admissions Team by the date specified. 

Parents complete and return choices form to the Local Authority. This can be done online; you will receive confirmation that your request has been received via email.

Everyone who applies online by 31 October 2021 will receive an email on 1 March 2022 advising which school their child has been offered a place at. All on-time applicants will also be sent a letter on 1 March 2022 by second class post with all relevant information.

Acceptance letters are sent to parents with a form to be signed and returned to the County Admissions Team or accepted online.

Welcome letter from St Birinus School sent:  March 2022

We hold an Open Evening and series of Open Mornings every year in September/October to which all prospective families are welcome to attend. We also hold an evening, with, for potential applicants into our mixed sixth form in November. Information about all of these events is clearly signed on our website well in advance of the events themselves.

To view our admissions arrangements please view the relevant documents below.

Click here to view the appeals procedure:


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Academy independent admission appeal pan... 27th Mar 2019 Download
SBS Admissions Statement 2021 2022 Deter... 01st Sep 2021 Download
SBS Admissions Statement 2022 2023 Deter... 01st Sep 2021 Download
Common Application Form (Secondary) 2022 04th Oct 2021 Download
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