Admissions Policy and Procedures
We understand that parents will be very keen to visit the school in advance of choosing St Joseph's for their child and tours of the school in action give parents an insight into our ethos and all we have on offer. Sadly, at this time the strong advice from Surrey County Council is that we should not conduct tours of the school.
We hope that the videos posted below will give you a flavour of life at our school.
Should you have any questions, a member of the Senior Leadership Team will be very happy to speak with you on the phone. Please call the school office on 01306 883934 to make an appointment.
St. Joseph’s is a voluntary aided school in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. The school was founded by and is part of the Catholic Church and is in Trusteeship of the Diocese.The school is conducted as a Catholic school in accordance with canon law, the teachings of the Catholic Church and the Trust Deed of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. It seeks at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ.
The school offers a Catholic education. The governors expect that parents applying for places for their children will accept and uphold the Catholic character and ethos of the school. The school was set up primarily to serve the Catholic community in St. Joseph’s Parish, Dorking. The relevant parish map can be viewed by clicking the link below. Although Catholic children have priority of admission, the Governing Body also welcomes applications from those of other denominations and faiths who support the religious ethos of the school.
Having consulted with the Diocese, Local Authority, other admission authorities and other relevant groups, the Governors intend to admit into the reception class, in September 2020, up to 27 pupils without reference to ability or aptitude.
Click on the links below to view our Admission Policy for the relevant year which details our admission procedures and criteria. Our school application form, the Supplementary Information Form, is also available to download.
For information, also attached below is the Surrey County Council Information Booklet for Parents which explains how to apply for places at Surrey schools. All applications must be made by 15th January 2021.
Alternatively, information regarding admissions arrangements may be found on the Local Authority( Surrey County Council) website.
Admissions Policy 2021-22
The Admission Policy and Supplementary Information Form for entry during the school year 2021-22 have now been formally determined by the Governing Body and can be accessed below.
Parents whose applications for places are unsuccessful may appeal against that decision to an Independent Appeal Panel set up in accordance with the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. Appeals must be made in writing and must set out the reasons on which the appeal is made.
School Admission Appeals Timetable
In year or Immediate Entry Appeals
Appeals resulting from in year admission applications will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
September 2020 Entry Appeals
Appeals resulting from year of entry or transfer applications for admission in September 2020 will be heard according to the following timetable
Appeal Lodged By:
Appeals to be heard by:
16 April 2020
18 May 2020
20 July 2020 (40 School days)
Please note, appeals will not start being heard until after the relevant closing date has passed.
Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.
Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least 10 clear school days in advance of the hearing.
Appellants will be sent a copy of the school's case 7 clear working days in advance of the hearing.
Appellants must ensure that any further evidence not included with their initial appeal, is received by 5pm on the day preceding three clear working days prior to the appeal hearing date. Any additional evidence or information received after this date might not be considered at the appeal hearing.