Magdalen College School

Waynflete Avenue
NN13 6FB

Places will first be allocated to children who have an Education, Health Care (EHC) Plan that names the school as offering the appropriate provision.

Oversubscription criteria

When there are more applications for places than there are places available, priority will be given in the following order:

  1. Looked after children and all previously looked after children
  2. Students who live in the linked area associated with the school: Astwell, Aynho, Brackley, Charlton, Croughton, Crowfield, Evenley, Falcutt, Halse, Helmdon, Hinton-in-the-Hedges, Newbottle, Radstone, Silverstone, Steane, Syresham and Whitfield
  3. Students who will have an older brother or sister continuing at Magdalen College School at the time of admission of the younger child
  4. Students attending the designated contributory primary school and continuing in attendance until the final offer of places is made: Bracken Leas Primary School, Brackley CofE Junior School, Croughton All Saints CE Primary School, Helmdon Primary School, Newbottle and Charlton CEVA Primary School, Silverstone CE Primary School, Southfield Primary Academy and Syresham St James CE Primary School
  5. Other students

Allocation to publish admission number

If the admission number is exceeded within criterion 2, priority will be given to those who live furthest from the nearest alternative school. If the admission number is exceeded within any other criterion priority will be given to those who live closest to the school.

Distances are measured on a straight line basis from the address point of the child’s home address to the address point of the school using the local authority's Geographical Information System (GIS).


If two or more applications cannot otherwise be separated and there is only one place available, a random allocation process will be used to determine who should be allocated the place.


A sibling is defined as a child’s brother or sister. A sibling must be living at the same permanent address and as part of the same family unit (one or two parents plus children) to qualify under this criterion. For school admissions purposes, the term sibling includes:

  • half-brothers and half-sisters
  • step-brothers and step-sisters
  • adopted children
  • children in foster care
  • children living in the same family unit, even if they are not biological brothers and sisters – for example when the parents are not married/in a civil relationship.

Cousins are not regarded as siblings.

Multiple birth groups

In the case of twins or other siblings from a multiple birth, if the last child to be admitted is from a multiple birth group, the applications will be considered together as one application, meaning we will offer places to all children in the group, even if it means exceeding the published admission number.

In the case of siblings (see definition above) in the same year group, where there is only one place remaining, these too will be considered as one application.

Home address (child’s)

The child’s home address is defined as the address at which the child normally resides with their parent/carer at the time of application. If a child lives with parents who are separated, the home address will be treated as the place where the child sleeps for most of the school week (i.e. Sunday night to Thursday night inclusive). If the child spends equal amounts of time at two addresses, the parents must agree which address they wish to be the child’s main address before we can process the application.

Documentary evidence of ownership or rental agreement may be required together with proof of actual permanent residence at the property concerned.