FAQs – Admissions to The Cooper School

Admissions FAQs

THE CRITERIA LIST CAN BE VIEWED BELOW.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR FULL ADMISSIONS POLICY

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.

The admission rules for The Cooper School are shown below in descending order of priority.
  1. Children who are “looked after” - Please view the full policy for further details.
  2. 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.
  3. Children of employees of the Bicester Learning Academy (Multi Academy Trust) schools – whether they live in the designated area or not.
  4. Children who attend one of the Bicester Learning Academy (Multi Academy Trust) schools, regardless of whether they live in the school’s designated area or not.
    1. 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. Please view the full policy for additional details.
    2. Children who live in the designated area who live closest to the school - Please view the full policy for further details.
  5. 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. 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

 - Please view the full policy for further details.

8. Those children who live closest to the school - Please view the full policy for further details. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR ADMISSIONS POLICY IN FULL
Our school does not have a catchment area. Admissions to our school are ranked according to our oversubscription criteria which are summarised in the question above. Please click here to view the full policy.
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 Bicester Learning Academy (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.
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.
Please see question number one for the list of admissions criteria. If your child is at a primary school that is a member of The Bicester Learning Academy, this means that they meet priority criteria number 4, regardless of whether they live in the school’s designated area or not.
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.
Applications can be made online by using the link on Oxfordshire County Council’s website www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/secondaryadmissions
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.
Details of the application process required can be viewed on the Oxfordshire County Council’s website www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/secondaryadmissions
Please read the information for appeals on the Oxfordshire County Council website - click here