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
Email: [email protected]

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 ([email protected]) directly for guidance.


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. Our main admission appeals, for September 2022 applications, are due to be heard in May/June 2022 (TBC).


Admissions Policy
Supplementary Information Form