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 18th 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 Supplementary form

Over Subscription

Over subscription Criteria:

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:

  1. Baptised Catholic looked after children or previously looked after children.
  2. Baptised Catholic children Evidence of Baptism will be required.
  3. Other looked after children or previously looked after children.
  4. A sibling on the school roll at the time of admission. Evidence of the relationship may be required.
  5. Children who are members of Eastern Orthodox Churches. Evidence of Baptism will be required.
  6. Children of families who are members of other Christian denominations that are part of Churches Together in England. Evidence of Baptism (or dedication) provided by a priest or minister of a designated place of worship will be required.
  7. Children who are members of other faiths. Evidence of membership of the faith provided by a priest, minister or religious leader of a designated place of worship will be required.
  8. Any other children.

Priority within the Oversubscription Criteria:

The governors will apply the following cascading order of priorities within any of the above criteria when applications exceed the number of places available and it is necessary to decide between applications through a priority ranking:

  1. For all over subscription criteria other than 4. A sibling on the school roll at the time of admission. Evidence of the relationship may be required (see note d).
  2. Exceptional Social or medical need which make the school particularly suitable for the child in question. Strong and relevant evidence must be provided by an appropriate professional authority (e.g. qualified medical practitioner, education welfare officer, social worker or priest) (see note c)).
  3. For Over subscription Criteria 2 above – The strength of evidence of practice of the faith as demonstrated by the level of the family’s Mass attendance on Sundays (see notes f) and g)). This evidence must be provided by the parent/carer and be endorsed by a priest at the church(es) where the family normally worship. Applications will be ranked in the order shown on the Supplementary Information Form i.e. firstly those attending Mass weekly, then Most Weeks twice a month, then Occasional once a month, then those who Annually/Major Feasts (i.e Easter, Christmas) and then those who do not attend at all.
  4. For Over subscription Criteria 5, 6 or 7 above – The strength of evidence of practice of the faith as demonstrated by the level of the family’s attendance at services. This evidence must be provided by the parent/carer and be endorsed by the minister/faith leader at the family’s designated place of worship. Applications will be ranked in the order shown on the Supplementary Information Form i.e. firstly those who attend services weekly, then twice a month, then once a month, then those who do not attend.
  5. Distance from home (the address at which the child resides) to the school (closest proximity receives highest priority) (see note e)). Evidence of residence may be required.

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