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The School Admissions Code allows parents of summer born children (ie those born between 1 April and 31 August) to apply to defer entry to Reception (EYU) to the September following the academic year in which they would normally enter reception (ie the academic year in which they turn 5 years old).
There is some statistical evidence that summer born children tend to perform less well in school tests, but it is important to remember that teachers are skilled at differentiating the curriculum to meet a diverse range of needs, including those of summer born children. It would not be accurate to assume that all children born in the summer term will struggle at school. For this reason, if you are considering making an application for deferral, we suggest that you speak to us first of all.
While there is no cut-off date for deferral requests, the process will be easier for parents, and for the schoo, if applications to defer are made and considered before the deadline for admission applications which for admission in September 2019 is 15 January 2019. If you are planning on applying to defer your child's admission to the school we would therefore strongly encourage you to make your application early. You can find information about how to apply for Deferred Admission on your Local Authority website. For Oxfordshire County Council you can find this information here
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.
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.
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.