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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 2020 - 2021, 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.

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Applications for a place in Reception


To apply for a place for your child to begin Reception in September 2021 please click here. Your child will be due to start Reception in September 2021 if they were born between 01.09.2016 and 31.08.2017. All applications will be handled by Warwickshire LA Admissions Service. The deadline for making an on-time application is 15 January 2021. 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 admissions process for St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is part of the Warwickshire Local Authority co-ordinated admissions scheme.  To apply for a place at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in the normal admissions round, an application must be made using the school admission application process of the local authority in which you live naming St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School on the application form.  Applications need to be made by 15th January 2020.  A Supplementary Information Form (SIF) must also be completed and returned directly to the school by the same date (see Note 2).


All applications which are submitted on time will be considered at the same time, after the closing date.


You will be advised of the outcome of your application on 16th April 2020, or the next working day, by the local authority on behalf of the school.


Please note that throughout this policy, the term parent means all natural parents, any person who is not a parent but has parental responsibility for a child and any person who has care of a child.


The ethos of this school is Catholic.  The school was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families.  Whenever there are more applications than places available, priority will be given to Catholic children in accordance with the oversubscription criteria listed below.  The school is conducted by its governing body as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with its Trust Deed and Instrument of Government and seeks at all times to be a witness to Our Lord Jesus Christ.  


As a Catholic school, we aim to provide a Catholic education for all our pupils.  At a Catholic school, Catholic doctrine and practice permeate every aspect of the school’s activity.  It is essential that the Catholic character of the school’s education be fully supported by all families in the school.  We therefore hope that all parents will give their full, unreserved and positive support for the aims and ethos of the school.  This does not affect the right of an applicant who is not Catholic to apply for and be admitted to a place at the school in accordance with the admission arrangements.


The governing body is the admissions authority and has responsibility for admissions to this school.  The governing body has set its admission number at 30 pupils to be admitted to the Reception class in the school year which begins in September 2020. (See Note 1 below)


Where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority.  If there is oversubscription within a category, the Governing Body will give priority to children living closest to the school determined by the shortest distance (see Note 5).


For the purposes of this policy, parish boundaries are as shown on the Archdiocese of Birmingham parish boundary map which can be accessed at and will be applied to the admission arrangements for the academic year 2020/2021.



Oversubscription Criteria


  1. Baptised Catholic children (see Note 2 below) who are looked after or previously looked after (See Note 3 below).
  2. Baptised Catholic children (see Note 2 below) living in the parish of St Joseph’s Whitnash who have a brother or sister (see Note 4 below) attending St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School at the time of admission.
  3. Baptised Catholic children (see Note 2 below) living in the parish of St Joseph’s Whitnash.
  4. Other Baptised Catholic children (see Note 2 below) who have a brother or sister (see Note 4 below) attending St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School at the time of admission.
  5. Other Baptised Catholic children (see note 2 below).
  6. Non-Catholic children who are looked after or previously looked after (See Note 3 below).
  7. Non-Catholic children who have a brother or sister (see Note 4 below) attending St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School at the time of admission.
  8. Non-Catholic children.


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 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 the Appendix.  Those who face difficulties in producing written evidence of Catholic 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 the criteria that your child is placed into, which 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

For all applicants 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 where the child normally resides/sleeps when they attend school.  Addresses involved in child-minding arrangements, whether with professional child-minders, friends or relatives, are excluded.


Where a school place is allocated on the basis of an address which is subsequently found to be different from the child’s home address that place can be withdrawn.  This includes situations where the address used to allocate a places changes prior to the place being taken up.


There is also an expectation that the child and applicant will be resident at the address used to allocate a place from the start of term.


Short-term house moves purely to secure a school place may be considered fraudulent or intentionally misleading and in such circumstances the place may be withdrawn.


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.



Parents must, by law, ensure that their child is receiving suitable full time education from the beginning of the term following the child’s fifth birthday, when they will have begun to be of compulsory school age.


Where a place is offered in the school, the pupil will be entitled to take up that place, on a full-time basis in the September following their fourth birthday.


A child’s parents may defer the date at which their child, below compulsory school age, is admitted to the school, until later in the school year but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age and not beyond the first day of the summer term 2021.

A child may take up a part-time place until later in the school year, but not beyond the point at which the child reached compulsory school age.  

Upon receipt of the offer of a place a parent should notify the school, as soon as possible, that they wish to either defer their child’s entry to the school or take up a part-time place.


The parent of a child whose fifth birthday falls during the summer term who wishes to defer their child’s admission until the beginning of the following academic year (when the child will have begun to be of compulsory school age) will therefore need to make a separate in-year application for a place in Year 1 at the school.  Any reception class place offered following an application made for the 2020/2021 admission round will be withdrawn if the child does not take up that place by the first day of the summer term 2021.


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.