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Admissions to reception in September 2022


Starting school is an exciting time for you and your family. Mr. Averis and the staff and children at St. John's look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our school. 


If you are thinking of starting St. John's in September 2022 you are invited to come on one of our guided tours of the school to help you decide. The tours take about 45 minutes and will give you an opportunity to see our reception classes and the rest of the school. You will also be able to ask us any questions that you have and begin to get to know us.


To keep us all safe we are following government guidelines

  • You are welcome to bring your child with you, we look forward to meeting them. 
  • Please do not come on site if you are displaying any COVID symptoms, no matter how mild.
  • Places are limited to 6 adults on each tour. You will be asked to give the names of the adults attending when booking. If you have booked a place and then can't make it please contact us as soon as possible so we can offer the space to some one else. More tours will be added if these all become full. 
  • Face coverings are not mandatory, however we politely ask for visiting adults to wear them when indoors.


To book a place on one of the tours below please ring school and speak to Mrs. Howis or Mrs. Simpson, letting us know which one you would like to attend. 


  • Friday 8th October - 9.30am
  • Tuesday 19th October - 9.30am
  • Tuesday 2nd November - 9.30am
  • Wednesday 17th November - 9.30am
  • Friday 10th December - 9.30am
  • Wednesday 12th January - 9.30am


Reception starters page - CLICK HERE


Children start primary school in the reception class in the September after their fourth birthday. Therefore, if your child was born between September 1st 2017 and August 31st 2018 they will be able to start primary school in September 2022 in one of our three reception classes. Families of children born between September 1st 2017 and August 31st 2018 who are already attending St John's Nursery, still need to apply for their child to start school in September 2022.


Applications for places need to be made to the local authority. Applications can be made from the 8th November 2022. More information on how to apply and when applications close can be found on the authority's admission page. CLICK HERE


If you are a parent of a pre school child this leaflet from the DfE, that we have added to our curriculum page is a fantastic read letting you know how you can help prepare your child for school to help them get off to the best possible start when they join us. CLICK HERE.

Admissions to the nursery at any time

Children are able to join our nursery in the September, January or April after their third birthday. All information about out nursery and how to apply for a place can be found on the nursery section of this web site. CLICK HERE. Applications to join the nursery are made to the school and not the Local Authority.

Children are able to attend the nursery for 15 hours a week.

Information for parents with older children that want to apply to join St. John's in year groups other than reception or nursery. 

If you have a child that wants to join our school at any other time other than the start of reception, for example you may have moved into Belper, you are advised to ring us first to see if we have any spaces in the year group you child will attend. Our telephone number is 01773 822995. If we have places we will gladly invite you to come and see our school before you apply.

You then need to apply for the place through Derbyshire local authority by ringing 01629 537479, or by going to the Derbyshire website and following the links to their applications website. CLICK HERE. 

For children that are changing primary school Derbyshire have a specific website to help parents. CLICK HERE. 

The link below takes you to a page about school uniform

Admissions criteria for joining St. John's

Children are admitted according to the following criteria, in order -

· Children who are in care of, or accommodated by, Derbyshire County Council or another LA.

· Children living in the normal area served by the school, and have siblings at the school at the time of admission. CLICK HERE to sue the Derbyshire postcode search tool to find your normal area school. 

· Children living in the normal area served by the school

· Children who do not live in the normal area, but have siblings at the school at the time of admission

· Other children whose parents/carers have requested a place by the published date

· Children whose parent/carers did not express their preference by the published date