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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 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) 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



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 to school

Guide for Parents and Carers made available on Brighter Futures for Children website By 12 September 2019
Reading Parents/Carers to receive application information (if they attend a Reading nursery/pre-school/ childminder) By 12 November 2019
Online admissions site open 12 November 2019 – 15 January 2020
Closing date for applications 15 January 2020
National Offer Day for on time Applications – offer letters posted to Reading residents. Online applicants can view outcome of application. NB. letters are sent by 2nd Class post 16 April 2020
Deadline for parents to accept 30 April 2020
Late applications processed From 1 May 2020
Closing date for receipt of appeals 15 May 2020
Appeals to be heard if submitted by 15 May 2020 June – July 2020
Admissions round ends 31st August 2020





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



Admission Policy for school 2019-20

Admission Policy for school 2020-21

Nursery application form and Church supplementary form

Secondary School Application process: 


Timetable for applications

By 12 September 2019 Application packs sent to primary schools
12 September 2019 Online application system opens
31 October 2019 Closing date for applications
2 March 2020 National offer day for on-time applications
15 March 2020 Deadline to accept offered place
16 March 2020 Late applications processed
29 March 2020 Deadline for appeals to be lodged
May – June 2020 Appeals to be heard if submitted by 29 March 2020
31 August 2020 Admissions round ends

How to apply

Parents must apply online via the Reading Citizen Portal between 9.00am 12 September 2019 and 11:59pm 31 October 2019

Trust Link

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