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If you would like your child to attend our school, please see details of our admission arrangements below. The admissions process is part of the Warwickshire LA co-ordinated scheme.

I hope the following key information from our Admissions Policy 2018 - 2019, written by the Governors of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, is useful. Please don't hesitate to contact the school office to discuss this further.

Parish Boundaries

Parish Boundaries 1 New build estates are not shown but are included

Applications for a place in Reception


To apply for a place for your child to begin Reception in September 2019 please click here. Your child will be due to start Reception in September 2019 if they were born between 01.09.2014 and 31.08.2015. All applications will be handled by Warwickshire LA Admissions Service. The deadline for making an on-time application is 15 January 2019. Key information about applying for a place at St Joseph's is detailed below. The Local Authority will liaise with the Governing Body as required.

Applications other than the normal intake to Reception class (In-year applications)


An application should be made to the local authority who will need to consult with the governors. Click here to access the Warwickshire LA Admissions pages.

Applying for a place at Secondary School or Grammar School


Details about the application process for transition to secondary school can be found here along with the registration pages.

Parents and Carers who want to enter their child to sit the 11+ entrance tests for Warwickshire Grammar Schools should submit applications using the Local Authority's online application facility. Click here for instructions and application forms.

Key Information on Admissions to St Joseph's


The ethos of our school is Catholic. The school was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families and is conducted by its governing body as part of the Catholic Church. It seeks at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ. 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.


The School’s Admission Number for the school year 2018/19 is 30.


Admission Criteria:

If the number of applications exceeds the admission number, the governors will give priority to applications in accordance with the criteria listed. A map of the parish boundary is available at the school and parish or by post on request.


Priority 1.  Baptised Catholic children* (see Note 2 below) who are looked after or previously looked after (See note 3 below).


Priority 2.  Baptised Catholic children* living within the Parish of St Joseph’s, Whitnash who have a brother or sister (see Note 4 below) in the school at the time of admission.


Priority 3.  Baptised Catholic children* living within the Parish of St Joseph’s, Whitnash.


Priority 4.  Other Baptised Catholic children* who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission.


Priority 5.  Other Baptised Catholic children*.


Priority 6.  Non-Catholic children who are looked after or previously looked after (See note 3 below).


Priority 7.  Non-Catholic children who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission.


Priority 8.  Non-Catholic children.


If there is over-subscription within categories 1 to 5, the Governors will give priority to children who are members of practising Catholic families.  *Evidence of practise should be supplied using the Certificate of Catholic Practice obtainable from the school.  If there is further over-subscription from practising Catholic families within categories 1 to 5, places will be offered in accordance with distance between the child's home and school (see Note 5).

If there is over-subscription within categories 6 to 8, places will be offered in accordance with distance between the child's home and school (see Note 5).

Notes regarding applications


Note 1

Children with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan that names the school must be admitted. This will reduce the number of places available to other applicants.  This is not an oversubscription criteria.

Note 2

In all categories, for a child to be considered as Catholic, evidence of Catholic Baptism or Reception into the Church will be required. For a definition of a Baptised Catholic see below. Those who face difficulties in producing written evidence of Baptism or Reception into the Church should contact their Parish Priest. 

Parents making an application for a Catholic child should also complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) which should be returned directly to the school.  If you do not provide the information required in the Supplementary Information Form and return it by the closing date, together with all supporting documentation, this is likely to affect your child's chance of being offered a place at this school.

Note 3

A "looked after child" has the same meaning as in section 22(1) of the Children Act  1989, and means any child who is (a) in the care of the local authority or (b) being provided with accommodation by them in the exercise of their social services functions (eg children with foster parents) at the time of making the application to the school.  A "previously looked after child" is a child who immediately moved on from that status after becoming subject to an adoption, child arrangement order or special guardianship order.

Note 4

The definition of a brother or sister is:

  • A brother or sister sharing the same parents;
  • A half-brother or half-sister, where two children share one common parent;
  • A step-brother or step-sister, where two children are related by a parents' marriage or where they are unrelated but their parents are living as partners.
  • Adopted or fostered children.

The children must be living permanently in the same household.

Note 5

Distances will be calculated by straight line measurement from the address point location coordinate of the applicant’s home address (as set by Ordnance Survey) to the centre point (centroid) of the school in question. (The centroid is a predetermined point set by Warwickshire County Council and all distances are subject to changes which may occur with updates of mapping data).


In a very small number of cases, where the school is oversubscribed, it may not be possible to decide between the applications of those pupils who are the final qualifiers for a place when applying the published admission criteria.

For example, this may occur when children in the same year group live at the same address, or if the distance between the home and the school is exactly the same, for example, blocks of flats. If there is no other way of separating the application according to the admissions criteria and to admit both, or all, of the children would cause the Published Admission Number for the child’s year group to be exceeded, the Local Authority, on behalf of the Governing Body, will select the child to be offered the final place by random allocation (lottery). The draw will be carried out by two officers of the Admissions Service in the presence of a local authority Solicitor. The order of draw will be recorded and countersigned at the time.


The governing body will, where possible, admit twins and all siblings from multiple births where one of the children is the last child ranked within the school’s published admission number.


A child’s home address is considered to be a residential property that is the child’s only or main permanent residence and is either:

  • Owned by the child’s parent(s);

  • Leased to or rented by the child’s parent(s) under lease or written rental agreement of not less than twelve months duration.

Evidence of ownership or rental agreement may be required, plus proof of permanent residence at the property concerned.


Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives with both parents for part of the week, then the main residence will be determined as the address where the child lives for the majority of the week. Parents may be requested to supply documentary evidence to satisfy the Governing Body that the child lives at the address put forward by the parents.


If a place in the school is offered on the basis of an address that is subsequently found to be different from a child’s normal and permanent home address, then that place is liable to be withdrawn.





A “Baptised Catholic” is one who:

  • Has been baptised into full communion with the Catholic Church by the Rites of Baptism of one of the various ritual Churches in communion with the See of Rome. Written evidence of this baptism can be obtained by recourse to the Baptismal Registers of the church in which the baptism took place.


  • Has been validly baptised in a separated ecclesial community and subsequently received into full communion with the Catholic Church by the Rite of Reception of Baptised Christians into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church. Written evidence of their Baptism and Reception into full communion with the Catholic Church can be obtained by recourse to the Register of Receptions, or in some cases, a sub-section of the Baptismal Registers of the church in which the Rite of Reception took place.