We are currently consulting on our admission arrangements 2020-21.

Please find below our proposed admissions arrangements 2020-21 for consultation.

The Henry Box School Admissions 2020/21 - Consultation Draft


Please note the main changes as follows:

  • Admission number (page 3) second paragraph referring to in-year admissions
  • Admission criteria (page 3)
    • Point 2 -  referring to oversubscription criteria. 
    • Point 3 - referring to children with an exceptional medical or social need.
    • Point 4 - referring to children of staff employed at the school.
    • Point 5 - referring to children who are on the roll of one of The MILL Academy Trust primary schools at the time of application.
  • Repeat applications (page 6)
  • Appendix A (page 9) refer to multiple applications

The proposed change reflects new advice issued by the Department for Education about amending admission policies, whereby the Minister of State for School Standards wishes all Admission Authorities in England to introduce a new over-subscription criterion to give second highest priority to children who were previously in state care outside England (e.g. adopted after being looked after by a public authority, a religious organisation or another provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society).

The consultation is open from Tuesday 4 December 2018, finishing on Tuesday 15 January 2019.   If you have any comments regarding the arrangements, please contact Nichola Stretton, Business Manager via



The Admission Authority for the School is The MILL Academy and the admissions process is administered by the Oxfordshire Local Authority (LA). Please visit the Policies section to view Henry Box School Policies and Proceedures for further information on the school's Admissions Policy.  

To apply for a place at The Henry Box School, please contact:

School Admissions Team

Address: Oxfordshire County Council, County Hall, Oxford, OX1 1ND

Tel: 01865 815175

The LA Admissions page on their website contains full information on applying for a school place in Years 7 to 11:

OCC - Secondary School Applications

OCC - Transferring or moving to a different school - in year transfer 

Parents of children in Year 6 automatically receive information from the LA if their children attend local primary schools.  Further information about primary/secondary transition is available on the LA website:

OCC - Starting School 

Priority for admission is given to pupils living in the catchment area of any school. Details of the Henry Box catchment area are available from the Local Authority.  The catchment area includes the villages of Aston, Cote & Shifford, Curbridge and Ducklington.

New buildings have been provided to facilitate the steady growth of the school in recent years. The admission limit for most year groups is 227.

If the school is oversubscribed in any year group and you would like information about the appeals process, please OCC Appealing for a school place, who administer the process on behalf of the school.

Transfer from Primary to Secondary School

Prospective students and their parents are warmly invited to visit Henry Box before making their choice of secondary school:

Open Evening for prospective parents and student

Tuesday 2nd July 2018

4:30pm to 7:30pm


There will be two presentations by the Headteacher at 4:30pm and 5:30pm

An opportunity for parents and students to come into school and visit each department area.  Staff from each subject will be available to answer questions and there will be displays of work and resources used.

September and October 2018

Tours will be arranged so that visitors are able to look around the school during a normal school day.  You will be shown around by student guides and will be able to visit lessons in progress.

Please feel free to contact us if these times are not convenient or you wish to see particular features of the school in greater detail.

Parents of Year 6 children automatically receive information about admissions from the Local Authority in the autumn term. 

The transfer from primary to secondary school is an important step for Year 6 pupils and their parents.  Staff at Henry Box work hard to make the transition as smooth and informative as possible.  Staff visit primary schools in the summer term to get to know primary school pupils who will be joining The Henry Box School.  An information evening is held in March for prospective parents and we have three primary transfer days in July, when pupils will have the opportunity to meet the other children in their tutor groups, sample lessons, tour the school, have lunch, and generally begin to become acclimatised.  Later the same week, the children and their parents/carers come into school to meet their form tutors.

Sometimes students join the school at a different point in their school life, usually due to a house move.  Visits to the school are welcome, prior to making a formal application.  To arrange a visit or request further information, please contact Eileen Bourton:  tel. 01993 703955,  email: