Transfer From Primary To Secondary School

Although St Oscar Romero School is a voluntary-aided school in which the Governors are the Admission Authority, we pay West Sussex County Council to administer the admissions process.

Applications can be made either on-line or through their offices at:
Pupil Admissions Admissions Office
Centenary House
Durrington Lane
West Sussex
BN13 2QB

Telephone: 0845 075 1007

Under the Education Act parents or carers can express a preference for any school but do not have the right to choose a school. West Sussex Education Authority does however make every effort to meet parental preference where possible.

The application process for children due to transfer to secondary school starts in September each year. All West Sussex resident parents must complete an application for a secondary school place by the closing date detailed on the West Sussex County Council admissions page.

Full details of how to apply, including deadline dates, a link to the on line application process can be found on the West Sussex County Council website CLICK HERE.

Please note that parents resident outside West Sussex will need to apply direct to the relevant local authority for their home address.

We do not have a catchment area all applications are ranked according to category your child comes under in our Admissions Policy and then distance to the school. You do not need to be Catholic to attend St Oscar Romero’s and currently many of our students are from non Catholic Backgrounds.

In order to ensure your child is placed in the correct category please complete and return a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) to us. If your child is Baptized (Catholic, C of E etc) or is member of a church please also include a copy of certificate or letter from priest or pastor etc, as this puts your child in a higher category.

For in year admissions, outside of the usual Year 7 admission process please contact Mrs Godfrey ( directly for guidance.

School Visits

We are extremely disappointed that our hugely popular Open Evening is unable to go ahead in the normal format as planned, however, you are warmly invited to join our ‘Virtual Open Evening’ taking place on Wednesday, 7th October at 6pm –

The evening will consist of a presentation by Mr Byrne, the Head Boy and Head Girl, and Year 7 students. We hope it will give you an insight into the school’s values and ethos, as well as all the exciting opportunities we have to offer.

Where possible, we would ask all prospective parents to engage with our Virtual Open Evening on the 7th October and not visit the school in person. For example, parents with siblings already at the school should not need to visit.

We do recognise that, for a variety of reasons, some parents do still wish to bring their child to see the school and we want to support this in a safe way. Therefore, we are offering a small number of 45 minute afternoon tours.

The tours will be for a maximum of 30 students at a time (accompanied by one parent/one child only from each family) and are available on the following dates; 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th October, all at 1.45 pm.

We are asking all prospective parents/carers to book their tickets in advance via Eventbrite We will be unable to admit anyone on the day without a ticket. The afternoon tours will comprise of a short presentation from Mr Byrne, followed by a 30-minute tour of the school. We will be operating a range of safety measures, which include the following;

• All visitors must sanitise their hands upon entering the school site have their temperature taken
• All adults must wear face masks
• All visitors must observe 2-metre social distancing guidance at all times
• Tours will be in small groups of three and where possible we will bubble students and their families by primary schools

Although you will be unable to go inside classrooms you will get a feel for our school and the high expectations we have for students that attend St Oscar Romero Catholic School.

If you are unable to make any of the dates, please email Mrs Godfrey and we will see if it is possible to add further tours.



Waiting Lists

St Oscar Romero is oversubscribed in every year group and therefore the school maintains waiting lists for all year groups in accordance with the school’s over-subscription criteria. Please refer to our Admissions Policy below.


Admission Appeals will be considered by an Independent Appeals Panel organised by St Oscar Romero Catholic School in association with West Sussex County Council.


Admissions Policy
Supplementary Information Form