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St Joseph’s is a 2-form entry Catholic Primary School in the centre of Haywards Heath and forms part of the BOSCO Catholic Education Trust.

The governing body is the admissions authority and has responsibility for admissions to this school, including setting the priority of admissions when the school is oversubscribed. The Local Authority undertakes the co-ordination of admission arrangements during the normal admission round.

Although Catholic children have priority of admission, this does not affect the right of an applicant who is not Catholic to apply for a place for their child at the school. The school welcomes applications from those of other denominations and faiths, or of none.  The school was set up primarily to serve the Catholic community in the parish of Haywards Heath.  

Visits to the school are encouraged and can be arranged by contacting the school office on 01444 452584.  Unfortunately due to current restrictions around COVID on-site visits are currently suspended.

The Admissions Process

Starting School


  1. Apply on-line via West Sussex between October and January (please refer to Admissions Policy for relevant year for exact dates).


  1. Complete the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) so that we can categorise your application in accordance with our admissions policy.  Whilst this form is not compulsory, if not submitted, the Governors can only consider your application within the last criterion of our admissions policy.
  2. The local authority are responsible for making offers for places at schools in West Sussex and usually do so in April. Depending on how you completed the Common Application Form (CAF) in step 1, West Sussex County Council will contact you by email or by post.
  3. If you are happy with the place offered, you need do nothing.  We will write to you to confirm details for starting school and the events we have planned for your child throughout the summer term.
  4. If you unhappy with the decision made by the local authority, there is an appeals process you can follow.


In-Year Admissions


  1. To apply for an in-year place during the academic year for your child into Year R to 6, please complete our in-year application form  and Supplementary Information Form and return it directly to the school. There is no need to apply to the local authority in the case of in-year admissions.
  2. Submit your evidence

Please provide a copy of a utility bill or bank statement to verify your child's address as main place of residence. If your child is Catholic, we also require a copy of their baptismal certificate. Your child's priest must sign and stamp Part 3 of the form.  In the case of other faiths, a baptismal certificate and a letter of support from your faith leader should be provided.


  1. We aim to process applications within 15 days of receipt. We will either offer the place or confirm in writing your child has been added to our waiting list.  You are able to appeal through the usual appeals process (outlined above) if your child's application is not accepted.
  2. We will contact you if and when a place becomes available for your child at St Joseph’s. Your child will remain on our waiting list for the academic year in which you applied.  After such time your child will be removed from the waiting list. We are unable to hold places and if a child is offered a place they are expected to commence within ten days of the offer.
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