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Admissions Process

St Joseph’s is a two-form entry Catholic primary school in the centre of Haywards Heath and forms part of the Bosco Catholic Education Trust. 

The governing body is the admissions authority and has responsibility for admissions to this school, including setting the priority of admissions when the school is oversubscribed. The local authority undertakes the co-ordination of admission arrangements during the normal admission round. 

Although Catholic children have priority of admission, this does not affect the right of an applicant who is not Catholic to apply for a place for their child at the school. The school welcomes applications from those of other denominations and faiths, or of none. The school was set up primarily to service the Catholic community in the parish of Haywards Heath. 

Visits to the school are encouraged and can be arranged by contacting the school office on 01444 452584.

Please scroll down for In-Year Admissions.

Starting School Admissions


Apply Online via your Local Authority

Please complete your local authority’s Common Application Form (CAF) online between October and January when your child is approaching school starting age.

Late applications are only considered after all offers to those who applied on time have been made.

Deadline: 15th January 2024


Complete Our Form

Next, please complete our Governors’ Supplementary Information Form (SIF) so that we can categorise your application in accordance with our admissions policy.

Whilst this form is not compulsory, if not submitted, the Governors can only consider your application within the last criterion of our admissions policy.


Wait For Your Offer

The local authority are responsible for making offers for places at schools in West Sussex and usually do so in April.

Depending on how you completed the Common Application Form (CAF) in step 1, West Sussex County Council will contact you by email or by post.


Accepting or Appealing

If you wish to accept the offer made by the local authority, you do not need to do anything; we will write to you to confirm details for starting school later in the year.

However, if you are unhappy with the decision made by the local authority, please refer to their appeals process.

In-Year Admissions


Complete in-year admissions forms

To apply for an in-year place during the academic year for your child into Year R to 6, please complete our in-year application form and Supplementary Information Form and return it directly to the school.

There is no need to apply to the local authority in the case of in-year admissions.


Submit your evidence

Please provide a copy of a utility bill or bank statement to verify your child’s address as main place of residence.

If your child is Catholic, we also require a copy of their baptismal certificate. Your child’s priest must sign and stamp Part 3 of the form.

In the case of other faiths, a baptismal certificate and a letter of support from your faith leader should be provided.


Wait For Your Offer

We aim to process applications within 15 days of receipt. We will either offer the place or confirm in writing your child has been added to our waiting list.

 You must respond to any offer of a place within ten school days. 

You are able to appeal through the usual appeals process (outlined below) if your child’s application is not accepted.


Stay in touch

We will contact you if and when a place becomes available for your child at St Joseph’s.

Your child will remain on our waiting list for the academic year in which you applied. After such time your child will be removed from the waiting list.

We are unable to hold places and if a child is offered a place they are expected to commence within ten days of the offer.

The right to appeal

If you are refused a place at any school you applied for, you have the right to make an appeal to an independent appeal panel. Where an application is refused, the school will set out the reason for refusal.

For applications for In Year Admissions, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged. If parents wish to appeal, they must set out the grounds for appeal in writing

Other Information

Where an applicant is offered a school place following an in-year application, and the offer is accepted, arrangements should be made for the child to start school as soon as possible, particularly where the child is out of school.

If your child is not offered a place, you can add their name to a waiting list. Waiting lists are ranked according to our admission criteria. Your child’s position on a waiting list may go down as well as up, for example, if other children with greater priority according to the school’s admission criteria are added to the list.

St Joseph's School Prospectus

"I am delighted to offer you a warm welcome to our school. I hope that this prospectus will help you decide that our school will be your school of choice providing a stimulating environment in which your child will both be happy and thrive. Choosing the “right” school is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child. We are more than happy for you to visit and have a look round the school. You can be guided by pupils, have an opportunity to meet with myself or my deputy, as well as see and learn more about our school."

Mrs Walker

St Joseph's Prospectus