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Parents particularly value the nurturing ethos at St John’s and are very complimentary about the transition arrangements for starting early years. They reported to inspectors that their children had settled in very quickly, making friends and quickly progressing with their reading and other skills. (Ofsted Dec 2018)

St John's CE Primary School is its own Admissions authority. However, we are part of the co-ordinated admissions scheme for routine entry into schools (children starting in FS2/Reception) through Reading Borough Council (Brighter Future for Children - BFfC) and applications for school must be made to Reading Borough Council on their application form, and also on a school application form to give supplementary or additional information. 

Applications for in-year places, also known as casual or non-routine, must be made direct to the school.

More information about the application process can be found on the Council's website


COVID19 Related Update to admissions policy  We have requested an admissions amendment relating to our school policy in relation to the COVID 19 pandemic and our status as a church school.  Therefore, please find below, for your information, details of the admissions policy amendment for St John’s in relation to the current pandemic.

The amendment is being made to the current oversubscription criteria relating to church attendance which outlines,

‘…3. A child, one of whose parents/carers regularly worships at St John’s and St Stephen’s Church, Reading or Wycliffe Baptist Church, Kings Road, Reading. This will need to be supported by a pre-printed form stating church attendance,

obtainable from the school and which will need to be returned to the school, after signature by the Vicar or Pastor. Regular worship is defined as ‘on average attending St John’s Church or Wycliffe Baptist Church on at least one occasion in each of the calendar months in the previous year preceding the application date’.

4. A child, one of whose parents/carers, regularly worships at a Christian church other than St John’s & St Stephen’s or Wycliffe Baptist Church that is a member of ‘Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’. This will need to be supported by a pre-printed form, obtainable from the school, from the appropriate Minister of Religion. (This form must be returned to the school with an official letterhead from the church concerned, clarifying both the church and the clergy who has signed the form). Regular Worship is defined as ‘on average attending the named church on at least one occasion in each of the calendar months in the previous year preceding the application date’. Aggregate attendance from parents, for those families who have moved areas or churches, will be accepted, with dates clearly detailed from all churches that the applicant’s parents have attended. All churches attended must be members of ‘Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’.

Aggregate attendance at St John’s and St Stephen’s Church or Wycliffe Baptist Church (if attendance at these churches is less than 12 months) will also be considered under this criterion.’

The agreed, by our Governors and Trust Board,  variation for admissions in September 2021, to our Foundations Stage Two classes (Reception) at St John’s CE Primary School, is an addition of the following variation/wording: 

“ In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church [or, in relation to those of other faiths, relevant place of worship] has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church [or in relation to those of other faiths, relevant place of worship] or alternative premises have been available for public worship”.

This is for your information, but should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school office on the admin address. 


Appeals  If you are not offered a place at St John’s, you are entitled to appeal against this decision. We would request that you read the documentation on the following link prior to submitting an appeal:


If on reading this information you feel that you would wish to appeal, you should contact The Clerk to the Appeal Panel Members, Civic Centre, Reading RG1 7TD -  telephone 0118 937 2532 or online at the above link.


St John’s Church of England Primary School will be following the Reading Borough Council’s timetable for Admissions for 2020-21, as follows:


Timetable for applications

Reading parents/carers to receive application information (if they attend a Reading nursery/pre-school/ childminder)By 12 November 2020
Online admissions site open12 November 2020
Closing date for applications15 January 2021
National Offer Day for on time Applications16 April 2021
Deadline for parents to accept.30 April 2021
Late applications processed.From 1 May 2021
Closing date for receipt of appeals17 May 2021
Appeals to be heard if submitted by the deadlineJune – July 2021
Admissions round ends31 August 2021


Who should apply?  Children can start full-time at school from the September following their fourth birthday.  However, they are not legally required to start full-time until the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday (i.e. statutory school age).

If you do not want your child to start school in September 2021 the following options are available:

  • Defer their place up to (but not beyond) the point at which they reach compulsory school age.
  • Offset your child to start in Reception in 2022 instead of September 2021 (i.e. outside the year group suggested by their date of birth).

Appeals submitted after the appropriate deadline will still be heard but may not be heard with the other appeals for the same school. 

There is no right to appeal for Nursery places, although you may write to the Chair of the Governors, c/o The Clerk, St John's Primary School, 121-147 Orts Road, Reading, Berks RG1 3JN



Nursery application form and Church supplementary form

Secondary School Application process: 


Timetable for applications

11 September 2020 Online application system opens
31 October 2020 Closing date for applications
1 March 2021 National Offer Day for on-time applications
15 March 2021 Deadline to accept offered place
16 March 2021 Late applications processed
29 March 2021 Deadline for appeals to be lodged
May – June 2021 Appeals to be heard if submitted by the deadline
31 August 2021 Admissions round ends


More about how to apply (before 31 October 2020)

You can apply online via the Reading Citizen Portal between 9am on 11 September 2020 until 11:59pm on  31 October 2020.


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St John's CE Primary School is a member of the Berkshire Schools Trust.