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Visiting the School

We understand that prospective parents will be keen to visit St. Joseph's in advance of choosing our school for their child. We are pleased to be able to recommence our school tours this term and are offering regular tours of the school during November to give new parents an insight into our ethos and all we have on offer. In order to keep everyone as safe as possible, numbers on each tour are limited and places must be pre-booked by contacting the School Office on 01306 883934 or 

We hope also that the film posted below, which was filmed for prospective Year R parents during Covid restrictions, will also give you a flavour of life at our school.    We look forward to welcoming you.


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Admissions Policy and Procedures

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 2022, up to 27 pupils without reference to ability or aptitude.

Please click on the links below to view our Admission Policy for the relevant year which details our admission procedures and criteria and explains how to apply for a place.   Our school application form, the Supplementary Information Form, is also available to download.  

All applications must be made by 15th January 2022.

Further information regarding admissions arrangements and applying for school places may be found on the Surrey County Council website


In-Year Admissions

If you are moving to the area and are looking for a school place for your child, please contact the school office and speak to Mrs Lisa Cook on 01306 883934, who will be able to give you an idea of where we have spaces. You will be advised to submit an application form and a Supplementary Information Form (given below). Soon after submission you will be advised as to whether we can take your child or not and if not, we will ask you if you would like to be placed on our waiting list.

If you are already living in the area and want your child to move schools, then the above applies, but you will also be required to complete a Centrally Managed Application Form (CMA). 

Admissions Appeals

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 2021 Entry Appeals

Appeals resulting from year of entry or transfer applications for admission in September 2021 will be heard according to the following timetable

Offer Date:

Appeal Lodged By:

Appeals to be heard by:

16 April 2021

17 May 2021

19 July 2021 (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.