St Joseph's R.C. High School
& Sports College

St Joseph's RC High School

St Joseph's RC High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
and young people and, expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

Welcome to St Joseph’s RC High School. 

As a voluntary aided school, the governors of St Joseph’s have responsibility for decisions regarding admissions of pupils to our school. St Joseph’s RC High School and Sports College is an 11-16 co-education Roman Catholic Secondary School under the trusteeship of the Diocese of Salford. It is maintained by the Bolton Local Authority (LA). As a Voluntary Aided School the Governing Body is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applications for admissions. The co-ordination of admissions arrangements is undertaken by the Local Authority.

The Governing Body recognises that the first responsibility of the school is to serve the Roman Catholic community for which it has been established. This is focused on designated parish communities and the Roman Catholic primary schools that are partners in providing education for those communities. As a consequence St Joseph’s ethos is distinctly Roman Catholic and we ask all parents applying for a place and students attending here to respect this ethos and its importance to the St Joseph’s community. (This doesn’t mean that you have to be a Baptised Catholic to apply to St Joseph’s and our admission criteria means that we are able to accept and welcome those of all faiths and those who have no formal faith – the key thing is that you are sensitive and share our ethos and values.)

Admissions Policy for September 2022

In-Year Applications

An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places.  An application should be made to the school by completing the in-year admissions application form and returning it to

Pupil and Student services, Town Hall, Bolton, BL1 1RU

or via the

One Stop Shop, Town Hall, Bolton, BL1 1RU


Number of preferences expressed for the school September 2021 – 458

How places were allocated for admission in September 2021

Criteria                             Number of Children

Children with EHCP         1

Category 1                          2

Category 2                          90

Category 3                          0

Category 4                          1

Category 5                          13

Category 6                          1

Category 7                          1

Category 8                          8

Category 9                          25

Category 10                        70


 Number of places offered March 2021 – 210

The school was oversubscribed for admission in September 2021. 

Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out in the admission arrangements for 2022-3 will be applied.

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 will be informed of the outcome of their application within 15 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 Miss Warwick in school.

Our Open evening is scheduled for Tuesday 23rd September 2021.  If you are new to our school though please make sure that you contact us so that we can give you a personal welcome on our dedicated email address:

Please see our ‘Transition Page’ for more information about our transition process for links to our dedicated Y6 YouTube Channel Playlist

Admissions Policy 2022 SJs with Admission code changes (Please be aware that this policy has been reviewed for 2022-23 inline with the changes to school’s admission code.)

In the event of your child not being allocated a place a St Joseph’s you will receive a letter outlining the process to lodge an appeal.  The deadline for this is 21st March.  More information can be found here: