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Admissions for Reception in September 2020

Children start primary school in the reception class in the September after their fourth birthday. Therefore, if your child was born between September 1st 2015 and August 31st 2016 they will be able to start primary school in September 2020 in one of our three reception classes. Applications for admissions for September 2020 are now closed. If you have not applied and need to make a late application please contact the local authority for help on how to do this. CLICK HERE for information about late applications. 


Welcome to new families

All parents that have been offered place will have received a letter from us with a pack of information. A copy of the letter can be seen below. Please note that the letters that went out to families had personal information in them and the letter below is a blank one with this information cleared. Parents need to return the forms in the pack by Monday 8th June. 


As we have made the difficult decision to move transition events back to September we will be setting up a transition page on our website during June and July to help new parents get to know our school and help your children by posting pictures of our teachers and of their new classrooms. Watch this space. 


COVID-19 and the impact on September 2020 new starters

We have also been asked about details for September and what impact COVID-19 will have on starting school. At time of writing (early June 2020) we are following government advice to ensure that we only have children in school when it is safe to do so and no information about September has been published. As soon as some is published we will share it. 

Number of children joining St. John's

We will be able to accept 80 children in September 2020. 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. Use this map on the Derbyshire website to help see what school you live in the normal area of. (please read the guide on how to use it first) or type your postcode in here.

· 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

Other admissions to any other year group or at any other time of the school year


If you have a child that wants to join our school at any other time other than the start of reception you need 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 and following the links.

Admissions to the nursery

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.

If you are considering sending your child to St. John's this guide for parents will help answer questions on topics such as times of day, school uniform etc. 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.

The link below takes you to a page about school uniform