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Admissions to reception in September 2021


This information was updated on 9th December 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 2016 and August 31st 2017 they will be able to start primary school in September 2021 in one of our three reception classes. 


Unfortunately to help keep us all safe, all Belper primary schools are following local authority advice and not offering tours of our schools for families starting school in September 2021. We are sorry that families and children are not able to come and have a look at St. John’s and hope that you understand why this can’t take place. We have had to cancel the tours that we had planned and have started to contact families that had booked places on them to apologise. 


We understand what an exciting time this is for your child. Mr. Averis and the staff and children at St. John's look forward to meeting you as soon as it is safe to do so. Over the coming weeks we will be continuously adding information to our special September 2021 starters page to help families find out more about our friendly school.  

September 2021 starters page - CLICK HERE


Families of children born between September 1st 2016 and August 31st 2017 who are at St John's Nursery, still need to apply for their child to start school in September 2021.


Parents need to apply for places for September 2021 now. You need to apply by 15th January 2021 at the latest. Applications need to be made to the local authority. CLICK HERE to go to the admissions website.

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.

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. 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

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.

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.

The link below takes you to a page about school uniform