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The Catchment Area

The School is located in the small rural village of Finmere which is on the Oxfordshire-Buckinghamshire-Northamptonshire border.  Pupils at the school live in the village of Finmere and the neighbouring villages of Tingewick, Stratton Audley, Westbury, Mixbury, Cottisford, Juniper Hill, Newton Purcell and Newton Morrell.  We also have a large proportion of pupils who come from out of our catchment area.


Applications for places at Finmere School should be made through the Oxfordshire County Council admissions team if you are resident in Oxfordshire.  Full details of the admissions process can be found on the Oxfordshire County Council website, or by telephoning the admission team on 01865 815175 or by telephoning/emailing the school office for further information or guidance.

We welcome visits from all prospective parents,  they will be given a guided tour of the school and be able to meet with the Head of School and other staff members.  If you would like to arrange a visit then please email or telephone the school office on 01280 848459.

Starting School

Children are admitted to Finmere School, on a full-time basis in the September following their fourth birthday.  This means that all children will have a full year of Foundation Stage education.

Applications can be made online at:

Reception applications | Oxfordshire County Council

For ease; please find links below if you are resident in Buckinghamshire or Northamptonshire:

Apply for a primary school place | Buckinghamshire Council

School admissions - Schools and education (

In year admission 

To apply for a place at the school outside of the normal point of entry please apply through the Local Authority’s admission scheme;

Changing or moving school | Oxfordshire County Council 


To appeal a decision not to allocate your child a place at the school and to see the timetable for appeals please go to;

Appealing for a school place | Oxfordshire County Council