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Open Evening

We will be holding our Annual Open Evening on Wednesday 2nd October 2024. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the school, talk to members of staff and students, take part in activities and hear from our Headteacher and Executive Headteacher. Please hold this date in your diary. 

The evening runs from 5:30pm-8pm with Headteacher talks at 6pm and 7pm. No bookings necessary.  Parking will be available through the North Drive Gates on Mereland Road, next to Willowcroft School. 

Open Morning Tours

We will be holding Open Morning Tours for Year 6 students (for 2024/25 academic year) in the Autumn Term, dates to be confirmed.

If you would like to be the first to hear of the dates of these tour, please join our mailing list below:

Tours will start promply at 9am and finish at 10:15am - these events are primarily for pupils currently in Year 5. 

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

 A member of staff and student guides will be available to meet you on arrival.

Parking for Open Mornings is available through the Main Gates (next to the Leisure Centre)

Please click here for information regarding tours at Didcot Girls' School

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



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:

Starting Year 7
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.

In Year Transfer
If your son has already started in Secondary School and would like to transfer to St Birinus, you will need to apply via Oxfordshire County Council by visiting this website: 

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 2025 Admissions

Our Year 7 Pupil Admission Number (PAN) is 240 for September 2025 entry


Applications open: September 2024

Closing date for applications: 31 October 2024

School places offered by OCC (email offers for online applications) - national allocation day: 1 March 2025

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

Common Application Form (Secondary)

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 2024 will receive an email on 1 March 2025 advising which school their child has been offered a place at. All on-time applicants will also be sent a letter on 1 March 2025 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 for September 2024 intake from St Birinus School sent:  March 2024

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 2023 2024 DETER... 21st Jan 2022 Download
SBS Admissions Statement 2024 2025 Deter... 27th Feb 2023 Download
SBS Admission Statement 2025 26 DETERMIN... 26th Jan 2024 Download
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