St Joseph's

Catholic Primary School

155 Aldershot Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8YH

Admissions

Applications for Admission

Online applications are now the preferred method of making a preference for schools at the normal age of entry.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is a Voluntary Aided Catholic school constituted by the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and Surrey County Council.

The Governors aim to offer a Catholic education. They expect all parents applying for a place at St Joseph’s School to respect the mission statement and Catholic ethos together with its importance to the school community. The school fully respects the beliefs of parents and children from all denominations and faith backgrounds.

Our School Admissions policy can be found on our policies and Documents page.

Starting School

Children usually start school in the Academic Year in which they are five years old.

To apply for a place at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, you must complete 2 forms

Applications are made direct to Surrey County Council using their Common Application Form;

In addition you must complete one of St Joseph’s Supplementary Information Form – this enables to St Joseph’s Governing Body to apply its over-subscription criteria if necessary.

Complete a Surrey County Council common application form.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Supplementary form

Applications closing date is 15th January.

The Offer date is the 16th April.

In Year Admissions

If you are moving into the area or wish to transfer from another school you will need to apply through the Surrey County Council and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Supplementary form.

Complete a Surrey County Council common application form.

Complete St Joseph’s Catholic primary Supplementry form

Over Subscription

Where the number of applications for admission exceeds 90, and after the admission of pupils with Statements of Special Educational Needs where the school is named on the Statement, the Governors will offer places using the following criteria in the order stated:

Over subscription Criteria:

At any time where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority:

  1. Looked after children or previously looked after children.
  1. Catholic children with a brother or sister at the school at the time of admission, resident in the parish of Guildford, whose parent/carer attends Sunday Mass at least once a month.

The application must be supported with a certificate of Catholic baptism or reception into the Catholic Church, and their parish priest’s signature with the parish stamp or seal to confirm that the parent/carer attends  Sunday Mass at least once a month.

  1. Catholic children with a brother or sister at the school at the time of admission, who are not resident in the parish of Guildford, whose parent/carer attends Sunday Mass at least once a month.

The application must be supported with a certificate of Catholic baptism or reception into the Catholic Church, and their parish priest’s signature with the parish stamp or seal to confirm that the parent/carer attends  Sunday Mass at least once a month.

  1. Catholic children without a brother or sister at the school at the time of admission, resident in the parish of Guildford, whose parent/carer attends Sunday Mass at least once a month.

The application must be supported with a certificate of Catholic baptism or reception into the Catholic Church, and their parish priest’s signature with the parish stamp or seal to confirm that the parent/carer attends  Sunday Mass at least once a month.

  1. Catholic children without a brother or sister at the school at the time of admission, who are not resident in the parish of Guildford, whose parent/carer attends Sunday Mass at least once a month.

The application must be supported with a certificate of Catholic baptism or reception into the Catholic Church, and their parish priest’s signature with the parish stamp or seal to confirm that the parent/carer attends  Sunday Mass at least once a month. 

  1. Other Catholic children.
  1. Catechumens, Candidates for Reception into the Church and children who are members of an Orthodox Church.

If application is being made for a place at the school where the parent/carer is a Catechumen or Candidate for reception into the Church, evidence of their being a member of the Catechumenate of a Catholic Church or a Candidate for reception will be required. Proof of acceptance into the catechumenate, and evidence for a candidate, should be by letter from the appropriate priest. 

Applications for children from an Orthodox Church must be supported with a certificate of baptism and a letter confirming membership of the applicable Orthodox Church, signed by the appropriate priest.

  1. Other children with a brother or sister at the school at the time of admission.
  1. Children of other Christian denominations whose membership is evidenced by a minister of religion.

The application must be supported by a letter confirming membership of the Christian denomination, signed by the minister of religion.

10.  Children of other faiths whose membership is evidenced by a religious leader.

The application must be supported by a letter confirming membership of that faith, signed by the faith leader.

11.  Any other children.

Attendance at Sunday Mass at least once a month means that frequency of attendance by the parent/carer over at least one year prior to the closing date for applications. Sunday Mass includes the Saturday evening vigil Mass.

Final Tiebreaker:

Priority will be given to children living closest to the school determined by the shortest distance.

Appeals

If Your Child does not get into our School you have the right to appeal.

The closing date for appeals for the normal round of application is 20 days after the offer date.

Appeals will normally be heard within 40 days of the appeal being lodged.

The school uses the Surrey Appeals Service full information and guidance on how to appeal  can be found  Here.

Applications to the Nursery

Applications to be made via The Nursery website HERE