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If you would like your child to attend St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, a Voluntary Academy Retford, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.  Please complete the application form and additional information form and send into the school office.  You should also apply for a place through the County Council by completing the application form titled 'APPLY FOR A PLACE' on the Notts County Council website link at the bottom of this page

In-Year Applications

School participates in Nottinghamshire County Council’s in-year coordinated scheme and all applications for in-year school places should be made directly to Nottinghamshire County Council.  Information about how to apply and the timescale for processing applications is available at Changing school in-year | Nottinghamshire County Council.  Parents must also complete an application for a school place via the local authority co-ordinated admission arrangements team via the link or call them on 03005008080, or by completing and mailing an application form (PDF).

Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out in the admission arrangements for the year, will be applied. See our school admission policy below.  Parents are advised to read the admission arrangements carefully before making their application.

If there are no places available, the child will be added to the waiting list.  Please see the admission arrangements for more details.

You will be advised of the outcome of your application in writing as soon as possible.  Applicants must be informed of the outcome of their application within 15 school days of receipt, but the aim is to notify applicants of the outcome of their application within 10 school days of receipt.

You have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel if your application is unsuccessful.

If you have any questions in relation to in-year admissions please contact Mr Hilton Head Teacher on 01777 702850.  You may also wish to discuss in-year applications with the local authority via the contact details provided above.

Timelines for applications for admission in September 2023.


Parents are encouraged to: apply on time, make 4 preferences and carefully consider the admission over-subscription criteria for the school(s) they prefer. 

Primary to secondary transfer (year 7)


5 August 2022


31 October 2022


First admission (reception)


4 November 2022


15 January 2023


Infant to junior transfer (year 3)


4 November 2022


15 January 2023



Parents who intend to make an appeal against the Governing Body’s decision to refuse admission must submit a notice of appeal. Such notice should be sent to the Clerk to Governors at the school’s address;



St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, a Voluntary Academy

Babworth Road  Retford

 Nottinghamshire  DN22 7BP

 Telephone  01777 702850 E-mail

 Head Teacher:  Mr Richard Hilton


within 20 school days of the date of the refusal letter.


Appeal hearings will be held in accordance with the timescales specified in the DfE Admission Appeals Code. Details of the timeline will be made available to parents who indicate that they intend to make an appeal. for the determined admission arrangements 2020-2021 for St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, a Voluntary Academy