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 2020/21, 2021/22 and 2022/23

At the current time, we are unable to offer tours or visits to our school.  Please explore our school website; visit the class pages for a flavour of the exciting, broad and balanced curriculum we offer all of our pupils.


Admissions to Reception Class

The school admits children to the Reception Class through the Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme.

Children are admitted to Reception 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  You can apply for a place from 03 November 2020 and the deadline for applications is 15 January 2021.  On the website you will also find information about the admissions process and other 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.  For Buckinghamshire the link is Buckinghamshire Primary School Entry 2021

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.



Deferred Admissions

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 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 school, if applications to defer are made and considered before the deadline for admission applications which for admission in September 2021 is 15 January 2021. 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 Reception once the academic 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

In-year Application Procedure

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.

Our appeals timetable can be seen here.