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Primary School, Withnell

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If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below. 

Registering Interest for a Place in Reception Class

Should you be interested in applying for a school place for your child, please contact the school office on 01254 830400 to register your interest. The Bursar will take some information and you will contacted at the appropriate time with details of admissions arrangements, as well as dates of Open Evenings etc. Our Admissions Policies are available below:

Admission Policy for children starting school in 2022-23

Admission Policy for children starting school in 2023-24

Applying for a Place in Reception Class

Lancashire County Council manages admissions for St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School. Please click the link below for admissions and to ‘Apply for a school place’. If your child belongs to a faith group, you must complete the Supplementary Information Form and submit it directly to school for this is be taken into account when ranking according to the oversubscription criteria. 

Appeals for Reception Class Places

Lancashire County Council acts on behalf of the school in respect of admissions and appeals. If your child has not been granted a place at St. Joseph's and you wish to appeal then there will be a formal process to follow, please contact school for further details.

How do we consider applications for every other year group? (In-year applications)


What if St Joseph's has a place available?


We will consider if the year groups is currently full. Our admission number at the moment is 15 per year group. If there is a place available then parents should make an appointment to meet the Headteacher and view the school. At this meeting we will ask parents to complete an application form and discuss the reasons for the move. If a place is available then the Headteacher will request the parents inform their current school at the earliest opportunity. The Headteacher will liaise with your child's current school and you as parents to arrange a suitable start date. We encourage children to start at the beginning of a new term but we know that in some circumstances this is not possible. 



What if there is no place available?


The Governing Body alone is the admitting authority in a Catholic school. If the Year group is full but you would still like a place at St Joseph's, please write to the Governing Body stating your case as to why you would like a place at St Joseph's. Please include as much detail as possible. The Governing Body will make a decision as to whether to admit on a case by case basis.  


Written applications should be addressed to the Appeals Committee and delivered to the school office.  We will accept email applications which should be sent to:   


If the Governing Body choose to admit your child then the normal process explained above will commence. 




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