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John Donne Primary School

John Donne Primary School


John Keats admission arrangements for 2017-2018

Introductory statement

John Keats School is a 2 form entry Primary school in the Communitas Education Trust ( The Trust),  situated in the north of the Borough of Southwark. The educational provision at John Keats School will significantly improve our pupils’ life chances.  Pupils will receive outstanding teaching across a range of subjects in a broad and balanced curriculum and will leave the school having achieved well and been prepared for secondary school. 

Admission number

John Keats School has an admission number of 60 for entry in the Reception year.The Trust will accordingly admit this number of pupils each year to John Keats School if there are sufficient applications. Where fewer applicants than the published admission number for the Reception year group are received, the Trust will offer places at the school to all those who have applied.

Application process

The Trust will process applications for the school outside the normal process of co-ordination in this first year of operation. This means that you will need to make a separate application for this school.

Applications should be sent to Rita Flaherty at the following address:

The closing date for applications is Friday January 13th 2017

Offers will be made on Monday April 17th 2017. If we have not entered into a funding agreement with the Secretary of State opening the school by that date, they will be conditional offers and will be confirmed once we have a signed funding agreement.

The application form can be obtained from

Oversubscription criteria

When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

  1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order
  2. Children eligible to be registered for free school meals and children who have been registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years Parents and carers will be required to provide proof of eligibility for Free School Meals at the time of application via a supplementary form. Please see Appendix A for documentation required for this.
  3.  Siblings of pupils attending the school. ‘Sibling’ means a natural brother or sister, a half brother or sister, a legally adopted brother or sister or half-brother or sister, a step brother or sister, or other child living in the same household who, in any of these cases, will be living with them at the same address at the date of their entry to the academy
  4.  Children living nearest to the school as measured by a straight line from the child’s home to the main school gate. Please refer to the note below on how distance is measured.



Where two or more children share a priority for a place in criterion 2 – 4 above, e.g. where two children live equidistant from the school,  these places will be allocated using random allocation. ( See Appendix B)   

However, if children of  multiple births are tied for the final place those siblings will be admitted over PAN as permitted by infant class size rules.

 Late applications

All applications received by the Trust after the deadline will be considered to be late applications. Late applications will be considered after those received on time. If, following consideration of all applicants, the school is oversubscribed, parents may request that their child is placed on the school’s waiting list.

Deferred entry for infants

Parents offered a place for their child have a right to request to defer entry, or to take a place up part-time, until the start of the term beginning immediately after their child has reached compulsory school age. However, places cannot be deferred until the next academic year.


Children become of compulsory school age on the first prescribed day following their 5th birthday: 31 August, 31 December or 31 March (or on that day if any of these dates are the child’s birthday).

Admission of children outside their normal age group

Parents may request that their child is admitted outside their normal age group.  When such a request is made, the Trust will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case and in the best interests of the child concerned, taking into account the views of the headteacher and any supporting evidence provided by the parent.


At the time of application, parents should request that their child is admitted to another year group (state which one), and the reasons for that request.  Parents should submit any evidence in support of their case with the application, for instance from a medical practitioner, headteacher etc.  Some of the evidence a parent might submit could include:


• whether the child is ‘summer born’ and is seeking admission to a year group other than reception (or is seeking admission to reception rather than year 1);

• information about the child’s academic, social and emotional development;

• where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional;

• whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group; and

• whether they may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely.


The school will consider each case on its merits, taking into account the individual circumstances of the request and the child’s best interests. We will also ensure the parent is aware of whether the request for admission out of age group has been agreed before final offers are made, and the reason for any refusal.


Requests for admission out of the normal year group will be considered alongside other applications made at the same time. An application from a child who would ‘normally’ be a year one child for a reception place will be considered alongside applications for reception.

Waiting lists

The Trust will operate a waiting list for each year group. Where in any year the school receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of  the end of the academic year.  This will be maintained by the Trust and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.

Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.  The waiting list will be reordered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria whenever anyone is added to or leaves the waiting list.


All applicants refused a place have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.

Appellants should contact Rita Flaherty at the following address:  or on 02 0207 639 0594 by Friday May 5th 2017 for information on how to appeal. Information on the timetable for the appeals process and a downloadable appeals form can be found on our website at

Distance criterion

Distance from the school will be determined from the main gate in Borough High St.  Priority will be given to those children who live closest to the school using a straight line measurement taken from Ordnance Survey Data from the main gate to the main entrance of the child’s home. A centroid (centre point), supplied by Ordnance Survey (OS), determines the start point of the home address. If a child lives in a block of flats where a communal entrance is used, the centroid for the block and not the individual flat is used for calculation purposes.