St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Thame

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St Joseph's is an academy and, as such, the Academy Committee is responsible for admitting children to the school. We welcome applications from all parents and carers, regardless of faith or background. Click here to see our Admissions Policies for 2017/18 , for 2018/19 and for  2019/20

If you are thinking of applying for a place for your child, you are very welcome to visit the school at any time - please contact us to arrange an appointment.


Admissions to EYU (Reception Class)

The school admits children to the Early Years Unit (Reception Class) through the Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme.

Children are admitted to the EYU in the September following their fourth birthday. If you wish to apply for a place for your child you will need to complete your home Local Authority's Admission Application Form. For Oxfordshire County Council this can be found on their website at Here you will also find information about the admissions process and key dates and deadlines. These may vary from county to county, so if you do not live in Oxfordshire, you should refer to your own Local Authority.

The school's Supplementary Information Form may be also be completed. This form is used to give the Academy Committee the additional information they require in order to rank applicants according to the school's published admissions criteria. The form may be submitted at any time up to the Local Authority closing date for applications. Places are allocated strictly according to the school's Admissions Policy, and early application confers no advantage.

A certificate of Catholic Baptism/Reception should be provided with the Supplementary Information Form in order for the application to be considered in a Catholic category. Failure to provide evidence of Catholic Baptism/Reception may affect the criterion in which the child is placed.


In-Year Admissions - Years 1 - 6 (and EYU/Reception once the year has started)

In-Year applications to St Joseph's are  dealt with by the school and not by the Local Authority. The admissions criteria to the school remain unchanged.

In-Year Application Form to complete electronically

In-Year Application Form to complete by hand

In-Year Application Notes

You may make an in-year application at any time. However, applications will be considered no more than six school weeks in advance of the required start date. Applications for school places received more than six weeks in advance of the required start date will be held until the six week date is reached. Holidays are not included in the six week period.

Please read the In-Year Application Notes carefully before you complete the Application Form. You can either print a copy of the Application Form, fill it in by hand and return it to the school, or you can complete it electronically, save the completed version as a new Word document and email it to us as an attachment.

Admission Appeals

If your child is not offered a place at your preferred school you can appeal to an independent panel against the decision.

The timetable for appeals for admission in the academic year 2017-18 can be seen here.

The timetable for appeals for admission in the academic year 2018-19 can be seen here.