Oaklands is an 11-18 Catholic Comprehensive School now part of the Edith Stein Catholic Academy Trust in Portsmouth under the Trusteeship of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth. The ethos of this school is founded on the principles of the Catholic tradition. We ask all parents applying for a place here to respect this ethos and its importance to the school community. This does not affect the right of parents who are not of the faith of this school to apply for and be considered for a place here, in accordance with the policy.

The Board of Governors is responsible for the policy of admission of students to the school. Students are admitted at 11+ without reference to ability or aptitude. The proposed published admission number for Oaklands Catholic School is 232.


All applications to Oaklands Catholic School must be made on the Local Authority Common Application Form, (CAF) available to complete online via the Local Authority website. Paper forms will be available, from either the students’ current school or the Admission Team but only on request.

In addition to the Common Application Form, we request that parents complete a separate Supplementary Information Form (SIF). The additional information on this form assists Governors in placing applications in the correct oversubscription category. If no SIF is submitted Governors can only rank the application on the basis of the information contained in the Common Application Form. Without a SIF, in the event of oversubscription, the Governors would be unable to apply the correct tiebreak criteria and, as a result, the applicants may be ranked lower than others.

The Supplementary Information Form (SIF) is obtainable from Catholic Primary Schools, the Admission Secretary at Oaklands Catholic School, the school web site or the Local Authority. The SIF should be returned separately to the Admissions Secretary at Oaklands.

Relationship to Primary Schools

The Governors Admissions Committee will not be bound by the decisions of the Admissions Authority of any primary school, and will view each application on its own merits, against the criteria laid down in the Oaklands Governors’ Admissions Policy.

Applications other than at the Normal Date of Transfer



In general, where parents are applying for their child to transfer from another secondary school, for whatever reason, then the criteria set out in the Admissions Policy will be applied. For all in-year transfer enquiries, please contact the school.

If you have applied for a place at Oaklands Catholic school and Sixth Form, you can appeal against the decision to an independent appeals panel.

For admissions for September 2023/2024 click here

Process for all appeals

If you wish to make an appeal, the appeal forms are available from the School Admissions Secretary. These must be returned and clearly labelled for the attention of the School Admissions Secretary within 20 Days of an unsuccessful admission. This is known as Appeals deadline. With the forms you will be forwarded additional information about the appeals process.

Please note

  • You will receive at least 10 school days notice of your appeal hearing.
  • You must ensure any additional evidence you wish to submit in support of your appeal is received by the Admissions Secretary at least five school days before your appeal.
  • Decision letters will be sent within five school days of the hearing.

School days are term time only and do not include school holidays. If an appeal is submitted in the holidays the school days deadline will not start until the beginning of the next term e.g. an appeal received in July after schools have closed will not be heard until the new academic term,  ‘school days’ will start from the beginning of September when the term starts.

Admission Appeals Timetable for Year 7 in September 2023 

Appeals facilitated by The Independent Appeals Service for Hampshire Schools will follow the timetable below.

National notification date for on-time applicants.

Wednesday 01 March 2023
Notification date for late applicants (for applications received after 31st October 2021 and before 1st March 2022) Thursday 09 March 2023
Deadline date for parents wishing to lodge an appeal (returning complete appeal papers to the Admissions Secretary at Oaklands Catholic School and Sixth Form College) Thursday 30 March 2023
Year 7 appeal hearings to be held. From 02 May to 16 June 2023

(excluding Monday 08 May and Half-Term)

Decision letters are to be sent. Within five calendar days of hearing
 Please note
  1.  Appeals lodged after 30 March 2023 will be heard during the above dates, if possible. Where it is not achievable to hold an appeal between the above dates, the hearing will be scheduled within 30 school days (excluding any school holidays) of the appeal being lodged. Appeals lodged on or after 12 June 2023 may not be heard until the autumn term.
  2. Appellants will receive at least 10 school days’ notice of the exact date and location of their appeal hearing.
  3. Following the lodging of an appeal, additional papers may be submitted to the Appeals Service until 10 school days before the hearing. Evidence submitted after this date will be considered by the panel but this may lead to an adjournment and significant delays.

Appeal for in year admissions

Appeals against a decision in any other year group than Year 7 will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being received by the School Admissions Secretary

Appeal for late admissions

Appeals against an unsuccessful late application for Yr 7 will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal being received by the School Admissions Secretary. If the appeal is lodged after the appeal deadline the appeal will be held within 30 days of the appeal being lodged.

Appeals to the Sixth form

Where the offer of a place would have been conditional upon exam results, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of confirmation of those results;

Where the offer of a place would not have been conditional upon exam results, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals