School Admissions Appeal Timetable


We will ensure that appeals lodged by the appropriate deadlines are heard within the following timescales:


  1. For applications made in the normal admissions round¹, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals;


  2. For late applications², appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged;



  3. For applications for in-year admissions³, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.


¹ Under the School Admissions (Admission Arrangements and Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements ) (England)  Regulations  2012  an application is  made  in the  ‘normal  admissions  round’  if  it  is  not  a ‘late application’ or an ‘in-year application’:


² An application is a ‘late’ application if it is for the admission of a child to a relevant age group; it is submitted before the first day of the school term of the admission year; and a determination relating to the application is not made by an authority on or before the offer date. The ‘relevant age group’ is the age group at which pupils are or will normally be admitted to the school e.g. reception or year 7 (Section 142 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998).


³ An application is an ‘in-year’ application if it is for the admission of a child to a relevant age group and it is submitted on or after the first day of the first school term of the admission year, or it is for the admission of a child to an age group other than a relevant age group.



Receptions Admissions
The Admission number for Reception is 30 pupils. Pupils are normally admitted in the September of the school year in which they reach their fifth birthday. However they are not required to attend school until the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday and so in appropriate cases admission may be deferred until the beginning of the Spring and Summer Terms. If parents wish a deferment they should indicate so when accepting the offer of a place.

Applications for a reception place at the school should be made to the Local Authority online at: Otherwise the LA’s common admissions form is available on request, and once completed should be sent to:

Admissions and Transfer Team (0-16),
Shire Hall,
Westgate Street,

All applications for the Reception class should be received by 15th January 2020. The LA will then send details of those children whose parents have expressed a preference for St. Joseph’s school to the Clerk to Governors at the school. The governors will then request that you fill in their blue Admissions form (if you have not done so already) available from the school or the LA, in order that they can apply the over subscription criteria listed in this policy. In the event of over subscription, the Governors will apply its set criteria to the applicant, rank them in order and notify the LA of its final decision.

In Year Admissions
Any applications for a school place made outside the normal year of entry to the school must be made directly to the school, but the Headteacher will inform the Local Authority of the application and its outcome. In the event of over-subscription, please see guidance in the Admission Policy on the Policy page of this website.

Casual Applications
Casual applications i.e. those falling outside the normal admissions round, will be considered by the Admissions Committee against the criteria listed in paragraphs 1 and 2 above.

Late Applications
Applications for reception places received after the closing date given in 3 above but before the offer of places is made by the LA will be considered in accordance with the priorities in paragraphs 1 and 2 above if, in the opinion of the Admission Committee, there were good grounds for applicants not being able to meet the required deadlines.
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