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Admissions

Admissions Process

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

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.

How the Process Works

The first step is to visit St Joseph’s either at an open event (our annual Open Morning or one of our half-termly Snapshot mornings) or on an individual tour. 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’, where you will get a more personalised look at College life and 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.

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 B grades at GCSE for A-level courses, and at least five GCSEs at grade C to pursue BTEC courses, in addition to at least grade 4 GCSEs in both English and Maths. Students achieving lower grades will need a parental meeting with the Head of Sixth Form to ensure that the student has the 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

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.

Equality

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.