Admission Applications

The  school’s process for admission applications are handled by Bucks County Council.  Full details can be found through the link below:

If you need to apply for a school place mid-way through a school year, please refer to the following link:

Visiting the School

We will be holding an open mornings and afternoons for prospective parents on the following dates:

Tuesday 11th July 2017, 9:30-11:00am
Wednesday 20th September 2017, 1:30-3:00pm
Thursday 19th October 2017, 9:30-11:00am
Tuesday 21st November 2017, 1:30-3:00pm
Wednesday 6th December 2017, 9:30-11:00am
Tuesday 9th January 2018, 1:30-3:00pm

The events will begin with the Headteacher’s welcome so please arrive promptly.  Parents will then be given the opportunity to ask questions and see the school in action.  Parents who are interested in sending their children to Burford School are requested to telephone the school office (01628 486655) in order to reserve a place.

Once a place has been offered to your child, you will be invited to a meeting at the school prior to admission, to meet the staff and discuss details of the school organisation. Your child will also have the opportunity to visit his or her class and new teacher, before the new term starts.


Children start school at the beginning of the school year in which their fifth birthday falls. Most children attend full-time from that September.

The admission number is 60. This figure represents the maximum number of children that can normally be admitted to the school for the first time in any one academic year.  In the event of the number of requests for admission exceeding the number of places available, the criteria laid down by the County Council will be followed.

Over Subscription Criteria

In cases of over subscription all applications will be considered in this order:

  1. Children in Public Care (Looked after children).
  2. Children who will be living within the catchment area of the school on the date of admission.  Proof of residence will be required in accordance with the guidance given by Buckinghamshire County Council.
  3. Children who, on the date of admission, will have a sibling * attending the school.
  4. Children who have exceptional medical needs, which can only be met at this school, supported by written evidence from an appropriate professional person.
  5. Children who have exceptional social needs, which can only be met at this school, supported by written evidence from an appropriate professional person.
  6. Any further places will be awarded according to the distance between the family’s normal home address and school’s nearest entrance gate: closest first, measured in accordance with the Buckinghamshire County Council’s Geographical Information System.

* A sibling is a brother or sister, which, for admission purposes, means we mean one of two or more individuals who have one or more parents in common, or any other child (including an adopted child) who permanently lives at the same address and for whom the parent also has parental responsibility.

Where a child has two homes due to parental responsibility being shared by two people who live apart, the address used will be the one at which the child resides for the majority of time during school terms, as confirmed by written evidence from both parents/guardians.  The ranking of children within each category 1 to 5 will be determined using the remaining criteria in the order set out.

If a place at the school is offered and it is then discovered that the offer was made based on fraudulent or misleading information (for example, a false claim to living in the catchment area), and this denied a place to a child with a stronger claim, the Governing Body will withdraw the offer of a place.  An offer of a place can be withdrawn even after a child has started school.

If you need to apply for a school place mid-way through a school year, full details can be found through the link below: