Prospective Parents

SBS Open Events 2021 portrait

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

Open Morning Bookings

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


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.


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:

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
@StBirinusSchool02:26 PM - 22nd September, 2021 We are ready and looking forward to welcoming prospective new families to our Open Evening tonight 5:30-8pm. Please do not forget to read our Covid Contingency before you arrive tonight: Read more Read more
@StBirinusSchool08:26 PM - 21st September, 2021 So proud of Year 8 student Christian Beardsly who presented at Chilton Primary School tonight... Read more
@StBirinusSchool04:46 PM - 20th September, 2021 Our Open Evening will be taking place this Wednesday, 5:30pm-8pm. If you plan to attend, please read our Covid Contingency: Read more Read more
@StBirinusSchool04:41 PM - 20th September, 2021 Reminder: School closes at 12:30pm this Wednesday in readiness for Open Evening. There will be no lunch served on this day from the canteen. Further information regarding alternative bus timetables is available on our website: Read more
@StBirinusSchool03:17 PM - 20th September, 2021 Congratulations to Zachary Minto in Year 10 who will be representing St Birinus in the British Schools Biathlon Championship Finals in Bath next month. Zachary qualified after competing in a recent schools biathlon competition. We wish him the best of luck. Read more
@StBirinusSchool10:40 AM - 18th September, 2021 There's pride and then there's Read more
@StBirinusSchool08:50 AM - 18th September, 2021 The Thought for the Term and is Commitment. This week was my turn and I am committing to being kinder to myself. Hope this helps you or a young person you know! Read more
@StBirinusSchool10:04 PM - 17th September, 2021 Update: The MACs have arrived in Tech Dept and we are delighted! Operation CAD / 3D printing "is a go!". A huge thank you! Read more
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