St Joseph's Rotherhithe

                  The following information and supplementary form can be downloaded using the link at the bottom of the page




St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families.  The school is conducted by its Governing Body as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with its Trust Deed and Instrument of Government, and seeks at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ. The school uses the rites and liturgy of the Catholic Church.

The Governing Body has sole responsibility for admissions to this school and intends to admit 30 pupils to the Reception class (Bernadette) in the school year which begins in September 2020.


Where there are more applicants for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority:


  1. Looked after Catholic children or looked after children in the care of Catholic families and previously looked after Catholic children who have been adopted or who have become the subject of a residence or guardianship order. [see note (a)]
  2. Baptised Catholic children from practising Catholic families who are resident in the Parishes of St. Peter’s and the Guardian Angels Rotherhithe and St Gertrude’s South Bermondsey. Proof of identity will be required in the form of a Council Tax bill or Child Benefit Book. [see notes (b)and (c)]
  3. Other baptised Catholic children from practising Catholic families who are resident in the parishes of Holy Trinity Church Dockhead and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Surrey Docks, for whom St Joseph’s is the nearest Catholic school. [see notes (b)and (c)]
  4. Other baptised Catholic children. [see notes (b)and (c)]
  5. Other looked after children and other previously looked after children who have been adopted or who have become the subject of a residence or guardianship order. [see note (a)]
  6. Catechumens and members of an Eastern Christian Church. [see notes (d)and (e)]
  7. Christians of other denominations whose parents are in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the school and whose application is supported by a minister of religion.
  8. Children of other faiths whose parents are in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the school and whose application is supported by a religious leader.
  9. Any other applicants whose parents are in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the school.


Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the categories listed above would lead to oversubscription the following provisions will be applied in the following order:

  1. The attendance of a brother, sister, half brother or sister, step brother or step sister and adopted children at the school at the time of enrolment will increase the priority of an application within each category.
  2. Exceptional social, medical or pastoral need of the child which can be most appropriately met at this school. [see note (f)]


Tie Break

Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the sub-categories listed above would still lead to oversubscription, the places up to the admission number will be offered to those living nearest to the school. Distance will be measured using the shortest walking distance. Where the last remaining place is to be allocated and two or more children are deemed to live at the same distance from the school the place will be decided by the drawing of lots.


NOTES (these form part of the oversubscription criteria)

(a) ‘looked after child’  has the same meaning as in section 22 of the Children Act 1989 and means any child in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by them (e.g. children with foster parents).

(b) ‘Catholic’ means a member of a Church in communion with the See of Rome. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches.   This will  normally be evidenced by a certificate of Baptism in a Catholic Church or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church.

(c) ‘practising Catholic means Catholic children from practicing Catholic families who habitually worship at Mass on a regular basis and where the application is supported by a Catholic priest. The Governing Body will expect this practice to be verified by a reference from a priest in the standard format laid down by the Diocese. For Categories 2,3 and 4 of the oversubscription criteria, children will be ranked in the order shown on the Supplementary Form. Firstly, those who attend Mass weekly, then those who attend twice per month, then those who attend less than once per month.

(d) ‘catechumen’ means a person who wishes to be baptised  in the Catholic church and   has been accepted as a member of the Catechumenate.  This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of reception into the order of catechumens.

(e) ‘Eastern Christian Church’ includes Orthodox Churches and is normally evidenced by a certificate of Baptism or reception from the authorities of that Church.

(f)To demonstrate an exceptional, social, medical or pastoral need of the child which can be most appropriately met at this school, the Governing Body will normally require written evidence from an appropriate professional, such as social worker, doctor, or priest.



Applications should be submitted by the Date published by Local Authority, using the Local Authority On Line System, information available from the school or

School Admissions Team (4th floor)

Southwark Children’s Services

PO Box 64529



A Supplementary Information Form is available from the school. Completion of the Supplementary Form is not mandatory; however if one is not received, the Governors will not be able to apply their admission criteria and the application will be considered under the “any other applicants” category.

For a Supplementary Information Form to be considered it should be submitted by the date published by the Local Authority, to the school.

Parents will be advised of the outcome of their applications by the date published by Local Authority.

Unsuccessful applicants have the right to request the reasons why their application is unsuccessful and advised of their right of appeal to an independent appeal panel.

Any late applications made between the offer date and 31st December will need to be made through the Local Authority.

Applicants are requested to note that both the On Line  Form and the Supplementary form will not be considered after the closing date.

In-year (casual) admissions

Applications for a place at the school in-year must be made using the common application form of the local authority (LA) where the child resides.   This form must be returned to the LA.   The school’s supplementary form should also be completed to enable the governors to rank the application in the event of there being more than one application for a place.   The governors will use the same criteria to rank the application as that listed above.   The offer of a place at the school will be made by the LA on behalf of the governors.   In the event of the governors deciding that a place cannot be offered parents will be offered the opportunity of placing their child’s name on the waiting list. This does not prevent parents from exercising their right to appeal against the decision not to offer a place.


Admission of children below compulsory school age 

The governors will provide for the admission of all children in the September following their fourth birthday. Parents can request that the date their child is admitted to the school is deferred until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in that school year; parents may also request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age.


Admission of children outside their normal age group

Parents who are seeking a place for their child outside of their normal age group, eg, the child has experienced problems such as ill health or the parents of a summer born child preferring not to send their child to school until the September following their fifth birthday, may request that they are admitted out of their normal age group – to reception rather than year 1.

Governors will make decisions on the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned.  This will include taking account of the parent’s views; information about the child’s academic, social and emotional development; where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional; whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group, and whether they may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely.  They will also take into account the views of the school’s head teacher.  When informing a parent of the decision which year group the child should be admitted to, the governors will set out clearly the reasons for their decision.

Where the governors agree to a parent’s request for their child to be admitted out of their normal age group and, as a consequence of that decision, the child will be admitted to the age group to which pupils are normally admitted to the school the local authority will process the application as part of the main admissions round, (unless the parental request is made too late for this to be possible) and on the basis of the determined admission arrangements, including the application of oversubscription criteria where applicable.  Parents have a statutory right to appeal against the refusal of a place at a school for which they have applied.  This right does not apply if they are offered a place at the school but it is not in their preferred age group.



Parents whose applications for places are unsuccessful may appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel set up in accordance with section 85(3) of 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. Appeals should be made to the Admissions Appeal Clerk at the school address. Parents/Carers have the right to make oral representations to the Appeal Panel.

Infant classes are restricted by the legislation to 30 children. Parents should be aware that an appeal against refusal of a place in an infant class may only succeed if it can be demonstrated that:-

  1. the admission of additional children would not breach the infant class size limit; or
  2. the admission arrangements did not comply with admissions law or had not been correctly and impartially applied and the child would have been offered a place if the arrangements had complied or had been correctly and impartially applied; or
  3. the panel decides that the decision to refuse admission was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case.

Waiting Lists

Parents of children who have not been offered a place at the school may ask for their child’s name to be placed on a waiting list.  The waiting list, which will be maintained until September 30th 2017 will be operated using the same admissions criteria listed above.  Placing a child’s name on the waiting list does not guarantee that a place will become available.  This does not prevent parents from exercising their right to appeal against the decision not to offer a place.  It is possible that when a child is directed under the local authority’s fair access protocol they will take precedence over those children already on the list.

Fair Access Protocol

The school participates in the local authority’s Fair Access Protocol to allocate places to vulnerable and other children in accordance with the School Admission Code 2012. Admitting pupils under the protocol may require the school to admit above the planned admission number for the relevant year group.

Pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan

The admissions of pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or with an EHC Plan are dealt with by a completely separate procedure. The procedure is integral to the making and maintaining of statements and EHC plans by the pupil’s home local authority. Details of this separate procedure are set out in the SEND code of practice.  Pupils with a statement or EHC plan naming the school will be admitted without reference to the above criteria.



The Governors intend to admit 26 children for the a.m. session, and 26 children for the p.m. session.

Children attending the nursery class at St Joseph’s school cannot be guaranteed a place in the Reception class and parents / guardians will need to apply separately for such a place.

The Over Subscription criteria is the same as for the main school.



 Please click on the links below to download information and forms


Admissions Policy 2020 - 2021

Admissions Policy 2021-2022

Admissions Policy 2022-2023

Variation to Admissions Arrangements 2021-2022 


Supplementary Form 2020 - 2021

Supplementary Form 2021-2022


Previous Admissions Policies and Supplementary Forms

 Admissions Policy September 2015-2016

Admissions Policy September 2016 -2017

Admissions Policy 2017 - 2018

Admissions Policy 2018 - 2019

Admissions Policy 2019 - 2020

Supplementary Information Form 2018-2019

Supplementary Information Form 2019-2020