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Admissions Process

The admissions process at St Joseph's aims to identify potential.

Virtual Tour  

The best way to get to know is to visit us, but in response to COVID-19, our campus has closed temporarily, although home learning continues to keep our students busy and engaged.

Our Admissions team is happy to discuss your child’s needs and answer your questions.  The Admissions process has been adapted and we are still able to take all applications forward.

If you are looking for entry in September 2020, please do not worry!  With the assistance of technology we are still able to offer you and your child/ren our normal, high level of service.

  1. Please complete the form on the admissions page and one of the admission team will be in touch 

  2. A member of the Admissions team will send you an online version of our prospectus

  3. We can arrange video conferencing with senior staff to answer all your questions about our College.

Should you decide to seek a place for your son/daughter at St Jo's for this September, we will ask you to complete an Application Form and return it, along with a £75 Registration Fee. The forms may be returned electronically or via the postal system and the fee may be paid by credit/debit card or cheque.

During this unusual time, your son/daughter will be able to sit their entrance assessment at home.  The assessment lasts no longer than 2 hours and is online. Links and instructions will be sent and Admissions staff will be with you every step of the way to assist.

Once the assessment has taken place, we will arrange a video conference call between you, your son/daughter and our Principal or Head of Prep School (depending on which area of the College you are considering).  At this time we will also seek a reference from your son/daughter's current school, as well as copies of their last two reports.

Should an offer of a place be made, paperwork will be sent electronically to you for your consideration.  Accepting a place will require payment of a £500 deposit and the signing of our Acceptance Form.  

As soon as possible, we will also ensure you are able to visit us in person. However, whatever happens, the Admissions Team will be with you throughout the process from the beginning of your enquiry through to the first day at St Jo’s, and beyond.

We are looking for pupils who will make a full, active and constructive contribution to life at the College. The admissions process is not intended to ‘wheedle people out’, but for you and the College to decide if we are the right fit for one another. What we are looking for are students who we believe will make a positive contribution to the College and, in turn, will benefit from the education that the College can provide.

When the campus reopens - How the Process Works

The first step is to come to St Joseph’s, having arranged a personal visit or by attending an open event (a bi-annual Open Morning or one of our half-termly Snapshot mornings). If you then wish to pursue an application, we ask that you complete and return the College’s Registration Form. Please note that a non-refundable Registration Fee is also required at this stage. Once a Registration Form is submitted an academic reference from the student's current school will be requested.

You will then be invited to come to a formal Assessment Day, during which your child will take a formal assessment and be interviewed by the Principal or Head of Prep School. More details of this assessment process are outlined below.

Finally, if we believe that the ‘fit’ is a good one, the required academic standard has been met, and that the child will make a positive contribution to the College, a provisional offer will be made subject to suitable school references being supplied.

The College accepts applications for all year groups throughout the course of the year, however, if you would like to apply for a scholarship or require a means tested bursary for the following year, we recommend that applications are processed during the Christmas Term prior to entry, due to the limited concessions available:


We are now accepting applications for September.

For further information on the admission process, please see the Admissions Policy.

Click here to download a copy of the Registration Form. Please complete it and return it with a photograph and Registration Fee of £75 to the Admissions Office.

Formal Assessment Process

Prep School: Children are assessed in a classroom environment during their assessment day and, for Year 3 and above, by online assessment. Nursery children have two assessment days. The Head of Prep School, or Head of Nursery (as appropriate) lead the assessments in liaison with the relevant Prep School staff.

Senior School: All pupils for entry below the Sixth Form will sit papers in English, Mathematics and non-verbal reasoning, followed by an interview with the Principal or Vice Principal. Students will be asked to take online cognitive ability assessments, which include elements of literacy, numeracy and non-verbal reasoning.

Please note that we do not require pupils to prepare for the entrance assessments and we do not provide past papers.

Sixth Form: All potential applicants will be interviewed by the Head of Sixth Form prior to any offers being made. Entry into the Sixth Form is conditional upon a student achieving at least four Grade 6s and above at GCSE for A-level courses, and at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 (including English and Maths) to pursue BTEC courses. Students achieving lower grades will need a parental meeting with the Head of Sixth Form to ensure that the student has the required potential and that the College can provide an appropriate range of courses. A trial period may be incorporated within any offer of a place.

Non-EEA Students: All non-EEA students will be interviewed by the school's Principal or by the College’s Overseas Liaison Officer, either in person or by Skype. All applicants will have an English proficiency assessment and any offer will be subject to positive school reports being received.  For entry into the Sixth Form to study A-level courses, an IELTS 4.0 is required as a minimum. 


Siblings who join us at St Joseph’s College will benefit from a siblings’ discount. However, all applicants must meet the College's entry criteria. Admission is not automatic, and there may be occasions where we judge that a sibling is likely to thrive better in a different academic environment.


The College has a Christian ethos and welcomes staff and children of all faiths or of no faith. Human and individual rights are respected at St Joseph’s, but must be balanced with the lawful needs and rules of our College community. All candidates for admission will be treated equally, in line with our equality scheme and action plan.