What is St Joseph’s School like?

………well come and look around!

Choosing a school for your child is an important decision and we completely understand that you will want to look around before you decide. In the Autumn we hold a number of “showarounds” , led by our Headteacher Mrs Rippon, for parents considering the school for the following year’s Reception class intake. For in-year entries we are also able to offer more bespoke tours. Please do not hesitate to contact the School Office either by phone or email to make an appointment.


How do I apply for a place?

If your child is due to start school for the first time you will need to complete the admissions process through your home local authority. The application is done online. If you are a Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole resident please click here to visit BCP’s own website. A Supplementary Information Form (SIF) is also required.  This is available either from the school or by clicking on the link below.  The completed form must be returned to the school in person together with any supporting documentation by the published closing date, which for September 2020 entry is 15th January 2020.

For in-year entries you can either contact BCP via their website or speak to our School Office directly. You will firstly need to find out whether we have a space available in that year group. If we have a space then we will need both an In Year Application Form and a Supplementary Information Form completed.

Click to download the Supplementary Information Form here: supplementary form Jan 2019 onwards

As it is a paper form which needs to be signed and a receipt obtained, we regret submission online is not an option.

Click to download the In Year Transfer Form here: Application for Transferring (Updated Sept 2019)


How are places at the school decided?

Places are allocated in accordance with criteria detailed in our Admissions Policy, copies of which are available to download by clicking on the links below.

For the academic year 2019-2020, please click here: Admission Policy 2019-2020

For the academic year 2020-2021, please click here: Admission Policy 2020-2021

For the academic year 2021-2022, please click here: Admission Policy 2021-2022


When will my child start school?

Children start school in the September of the school year of their fifth birthday.


What happens before my child starts school?

We want to make your child’s entry to the school as happy and relaxed as possible. You and your child will be invited to one of our “Stay & Play” afternoons which are held in July. During those sessions your child will spend time in their new class with their new classmates. This allows them to meet their new friends and get to see what their classroom will be like in an informal relaxed environment. Whilst they are enjoying themselves the parents meet in the hall to get important information about the school, such as uniform, school dinners, after school clubs etc.

In September the new Reception class start a few days after the rest of the school. During those first few days of September you and your child will have a home visit from our Reception class teacher and teaching assistant in your home setting before they start school.


Can I appeal if my child is not offered a place?

Yes, you have the right of appeal if your application for a place for your child is refused.

Appeals for main round applications will be heard in-line with BCP’s Admissions Appeals Timetable. For information on BCP Schools’ Admission Appeals, please click here for a direct link to the Appeals page on the BCP website.

For September 2020 the appeal dates are scheduled for:

Week commencing 22nd June 2020

Venue: Civic Offices, Christchurch