We warmly invite you to visit us.

We welcome families who are interested in joining our school and encourage you to contact us to arrange your visit.

Visit Us

We encourage prospective parents/guardians and pupils to attend one or more of our open events, which include tours from our pupils. Our Stay & Play taster sessions for pre-school children allow parents and children to familiarise themselves with our Pre-Reception staff, activities and setting.

Register your interest

The next step in our admissions process for all ages is to complete our registration form to confirm your interest. There is a fee (currently £50) that accompanies this process which is non-returnable.

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If you are making an international application, please also complete the supplementary visa information form at the same time as registering.

Interview and Taster Day (Year 7 upwards only)

Once registered, all pupils looking to enter the school from Year 7 upwards will be invited to visit St Joseph’s for an interview and a taster day during the autumn term. Following their interview, pupils will spend the remainder of the school day with an existing pupil, joining in with classes and activities. Prospective pupils find these days a fantastic way to get to know what life is like at St Joseph’s. Interviews and Taster Days are only available to those who have registered and paid their required £50 registration fee. The deadline for applications for September 2023 is 31 October 2022.

Assessment

Following registration, an assessment will take place appropriate to the age of the child. On the satisfactory completion of this assessment a place may be formally offered. A waiting list operates once all places are allocated.

Deposit

When a place is offered, a deposit of £500 is payable when the offer is accepted. This deposit will be retained until your child leaves the school at the end of Year 6 or Year 13, when it will be credited to the final account for fees and any extras which may be due at that time. The deposit is not refundable if a child does not take up a place at the school.

Open Events

We recommend attendance at one of our regular Open Events held throughout the year, which offer parents and children an opportunity to find out more about the College and speak to the Head and staff.

Pre-Reception Admissions

Attendance at one of our Open Mornings is the best way to find out more about Pre-Reception at the school. For parents of two year and three olds we also offer Stay and Play taster sessions for you and your child.

The next step is registration to confirm your interest. Places in Pre-Reception are offered, subject to availability, on a first come first served basis and taking into account our admissions criteria. There is high demand for places in Pre-Reception and you are advised to register early if you are interested.

Once registered, your child will be invited into school for a half day visit. During this time an assessment will take place appropriate to the age of the child.

Places in Pre-Reception are currently offered for children to join from the beginning of the half term in which they turn three, subject to an individual assessment. From September 2022, this will change to admission in the academic year in which they turn four.

The minimum weekly attendance for Pre-Reception children is three full school days (8.20am to 3.20pm) or five mornings (8.20am to 1.00pm).

Stay & Play

Monthly Stay and Play taster sessions are ideal for two year olds with a parent or carer, and offer an opportunity for children to create, play, sing and hear stories. Adults can sit down with a cup of tea or coffee whilst seeing how your little ones enjoy a variety of themed activities, guided by our Pre-Reception teacher. The sessions run from 9.15am until 10.45am and booking is essential.

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Years 1 - 6 Admissions

Whilst the majority of children join us in Pre-Reception, pupils may be considered for entry into Reception or other year groups, should places become available.

For children wishing to join in Reception to Year 6, we advise attending one of our Prep School Open Mornings, or if that is not convenient, requesting a private visit. The next step is registration to confirm your interest. Places in Years 1 – 6 are offered subject to availability, and most classes are currently running a registration list. Once registered, your child will be invited into school for a half day or full day visit when a place becomes available. During this time an assessment will take place appropriate to the age of the child.

Year 7 Admissions

Year 7 applications are welcomed and entry is dependent on an interview with a member of the senior team, passing the entrance assessment and a satisfactory report from the applicant’s current school.

The interviews for all registered Year 7 pupils are held in the autumn term, for entry the following September. The deadline for applications for September 2023 is 31 October 2022. The entrance assessment is held in January. This consists of an online skills assessment (including verbal and non-verbal reasoning) and a written English and Mathematics paper.

Sixth Form Admissions

We recommend that prospective Sixth Form students attend our Sixth Form Open Evening or book an individual visit to St Joseph’s for a tour of the school and a chance to meet the Head.

Entry into Year 12 is dependent upon an interview with the Head and the Head of Sixth Form in the autumn term of Year 11, and a satisfactory report from the applicant’s current school. The academic standard is normally a minimum of five good GCSE grades.

Our Registration Form and Sixth Form Information form will then need to be completed and returned and the non-refundable £50 registration fee paid.

Interviews take place in the Autumn term to join the following September. It is also possible to arrange a Taster Day. Conditional offers are made shortly after a successful application.

Year 5 Days

In June each year, Year 5 pupils from local primary and prep schools are invited to spend a day at St Joseph’s College to find out what it’s like to be part of our senior school. The day is a great opportunity for children to meet other pupils who may be interested in joining St Joseph’s, and to experience special lessons alongside our current Year 7 pupils. There are also opportunities to take part in active or creative challenges.

The day is open to all and does not require application for a place at St Joseph’s beforehand, however it is not a substitute for a regular Taster Day, which we would advise all prospective pupils to attend once they have completed their registration.

We believe that the opportunity to spend a day at the College is a fantastic way for prospective pupils to a get a feel for what life is like at St Joseph’s.

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