General Admissions Information

Oatlands is an Infant School in the North East of Surrey Education Authority with a published admission number of 90 children. Approximately 270 children will be on roll during the school year 2020/2021 aged four to seven. The children will be allocated classes according to age. There will be nine classes organised as follows:

  • 3 Reception Classes - age range (4 to 5 years)

  • 3 Year One Classes - age range (5 to 6 years)

  • 3 Year Two Classes - age range (6 to 7 years)

Admission to Oatlands

Applications for admission to Oatlands School are entirely managed by Surrey County Council (SCC) via their schools admissions team. All applications are made online. For 2021 reception starters, applications will be accepted from November 2nd 2020 until January 14th 2021. Please visit SCC's admissions pages to access the online application documents and for information about how to make an application by clicking here.

A quick guide to the application process including key dates can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

SCC will offer reception places to applicants according to Oatlands' Admissions Criteria details of which are outlined in the document at the bottom of this page. For further information about schools in the area and how places were allocated last year please click this link Information on primary schools in Surrey 2020/21

Prospective Parent Tours

In order to assist parents and carers make an informed decision about which school to choose for their child we like to be able to offer all our prospective parents the opportunity to visit our school during the period that applications can be made.  Sadly given the current climate and the restrictions being placed on welcoming external visitors into our school, we are NOT in a position to offer Prospective Parents Meetings for 2021 Reception families at this time.  

We do however hope to be able to offer you a virtual school experience via these pages very soon so please do come back to this page over the next few months to see what we have created!  In the meantime, please take some time to look through the rest of this website which holds a wealth of information about all aspects of school life.  We are confident that you will find the answers to many of your questions contained within its pages.  I would direct you specifically to the Reception 2020 pages which were created to help our 2020 Reception starters with their transition when they were unable to come into school.


School Start Dates - Reception Children 2020-21

Local authorities and schools are obliged to provide all children with the opportunity to join a Reception class in the September following their fourth birthday. Details of exceptions to this timescale can be found on Surrey County Councils Admissions pages (click here).   

It is the expectation of the Oatlands School Governors that parents accept and follow current school policy on the admission of pupils, which is as outlined in the table below and enables all reception children to attend school on a full-time basis by the beginning of the 2nd half of the Autumn Term.

Fifth Birthday 2020/21       Commence School        Commence School Full Time
1st September - 31st December 2020 September 2020 September 2020
1st January - 31st August 2021 September 2020 - Part Time October 2020 (after half-term)


The policy is based on sound educational practice which has helped Oatlands’ summer born pupils to achieve KS1 SATs outcomes significantly higher than those achieved by both summer and spring born pupils nationally. Parents should take this view into consideration when selecting a school for their child. The Headteacher is happy to discuss the policy and timescales with any parent who is allocated a place at Oatlands.