Register for a place at St Joseph’s

It is always a pleasure to receive an application from a family for their child to join St Jo’s and, as such, we endeavour to make the application process as straightforward as possible.

Get to know us

With a warm and inclusive environment, we believe St Jo’s is special and you are encouraged to come and experience this too.

We understand that parents’ time is precious so we offer a range of opportunities to visit, Snapshot Mornings, Information Evenings, and our Open Events, as well as bespoke individual tours. Simply use our Enquiry Form and a friendly member of the Admissions Team will be in touch. 

Details on how to apply for a place for your child can be found below. However, we understand that for parents choosing a school for their child is one of the biggest decisions they will face, so please get in touch with any queries or questions regarding Admissions, the process, life at St Jo’s or anything else by calling 01473 694576 or you can email [email protected].

Saturday Open Mornings

Prep Open Morning – Thursday 16 May
Whole School Open Morning – Saturday 21 September

This is an exciting time to join St Jo’s because we have a strong and clear vision of what we want our school to be. And we want to attract students who can match our ambitions on the pitch, in the classroom and on the stage.

During one of our Saturday Open Mornings, you will have a guided tour of the campus with time to meet our students and teachers and find out more about life at St Jo’s, including curriculum, extra-curricular and what it is that makes everyone comment on our wonderful community. Following this, a member of our Senior Leadership Team will be delighted to meet with you and answer any questions you may have.

Friday Snapshots

Friday 7th June

Friday Snapshot Mornings at St Joseph’s College provide prospective families with a unique opportunity to see the school in action. Held on normal working days, visitors get to hear from the Principal and meet the Admissions Team. It’s a chance to see the school’s facilities, observe the students, and get a feel for the school’s atmosphere. The Admissions Team is on hand to answer any questions and provide further information about the school’s curriculum, facilities, and pastoral care. These mornings are an excellent and more intimate way to experience St Jo’s and determine if it’s the right fit for your child.

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Come and explore our school

Book now to visit our 60 acre campus and discover our academic, sport and performing arts initiatives in the Prep School.

Open Mornings

Prep Open Morning – Thursday 16 May
Whole School Open Morning – Saturday 21 September

Information Evenings

Sixth Form Information Evening – Wednesday 2 October
Rugby Information Evening – Tuesday 8 October
All Sports – Wednesday 9 October
Football Information Evening – Thursday 10 October

Snapshot Mornings

Friday 13 September
Friday 27 September
Friday 4 October
Friday 11 October

Christmas Term Events

Whole School Open MorningSaturday 21 September
Friday Snapshot MorningFriday 13 September
Friday 27 September
Friday 4 October
Friday 11 October
Friday 8 November
Sixth Form Open EveningWednesday 2 October
Sport Insight Evenings Tuesday 8 October (rugby)
Wednesday 9 October (netball/cricket)
Thursday 10 October (football)
Year 7 Information Evening Wednesday 6 November

Sixth Form 2025 Entry

Application Closing DateFriday 20 December
Y7 or Y9 Scholarship / Bursary Application Closing DateMonday 8 January
Entrance & Scholarship Assessment MorningSaturday 18 January
Acceptance of Place Closing DateMonday 3 March

Y7-10 2025 Entry

Application Closing DateFriday 20 December
Y7 or Y9 Scholarship / Bursary Application Closing DateMonday 8 January
Entrance & Scholarship Assessment Morning Saturday 18 January
Acceptance of Place Closing DayMonday 3 March

Prep 2025 Entry

Entrance Taster DayThursday 20 March
Acceptance of Place Closing DateThursday 22 April

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St Joseph’s College

The College caters for children from 2-19 years of age with pupils moving seamlessly from Nursery to the Prep School, from Prep to Senior, and from Senior to Sixth Form. Applications for each area of the school follow a similar process. 

For all areas of the College, the first step is to complete the Registration Form and return it, together with the relevant Registration Fee (£75 for Day / £100 for Boarding) and copies of your child’s last two school reports (not required for nursery applications). 

Children are able to start at our nursery on, or directly after their 2nd birthday. Once registered for a place, your child will be invited to attend for two taster sessions so you and we can be sure they are happy and settled before accepting their place.

Discover Nursery

Following an application and for those applying to Reception – Year 2, a Taster Day will be arranged. 

For those children applying for Years 3 – 6, they will be asked to complete online entrance assessments in English and Mathematics. A reference from your child’s current school will be sought and a Taster Day can be arranged so your son or daughter can experience the Prep School and realise how quickly they feel at home.

Discover Prep

The College’s Admissions date for 2024 entry may be here (link to section below). However, it is possible to apply for a place outside of these dates, subject to space. 

All applicants are asked to sit a Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) for which no practice or preparation is required. Students will have an interview with the College’s Principal and a reference will be sought from their current school.

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International Admissions

International applicants are welcome to join our inclusive Boarding School community at St Joseph’s College. Our welcoming Day and Boarding School, values community and diversity, recognising the positive influence on students’ preparation for a bright and rewarding future.

St Joseph’s College warmly welcomes international students to our campus which provides excellent boarding facilities and pastoral care. The College values diversity and offers a balanced approach to study, recreation, and relaxation, and is well known for its caring and supportive atmosphere, in which every child is known, valued and cared for by all. Our boarders join us from near and far. In recent years we have welcomed students from across the UK, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Nigeria, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, China, USA, and the UAE.

Prospective international families can contact the Admissions Team to discuss details, ask questions, and arrange visits if possible by either calling 01473 694576 or you can email [email protected].


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Here you will find answers to some of the commonly asked questions about St Joseph’s College admissions. Feel free to browse through the questions to learn more. 

Can I move my child to St Joseph’s mid-year?

Yes. Please contact us to talk through options as soon as you can. We’re always happy to help.

My child has a learning support diagnosis. Can St Joseph’s accommodate this?

We would recommend an individually tailored approach. Please contact Admissions to discuss the way forward. We will put you in touch with the Learning Support team to discuss your child’s specific needs and family situation.

I may need help with the fees. Is help available?

Our Admissions team are skilled at answering these enquiries. An open conversation is always welcome and as relevant, means-tested bursaries can be applied for.

Can my child have a Taster Day?

Yes, of course! We do ask that an application has been received and their entrance assessment completed so that we can tailor the day with appropriate sets and subjects.

My child needs transport. Are there spaces?

St Joseph’s transport is available once the child is old enough to operate their own seat belt. Students are welcome to travel on one of our St Jo’s minibuses for which additional fees will apply, apart from if your child is using our complimentary bus shuttle service to and from the train station.

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