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We are a vibrant and diverse two form entry primary school located in the heart of Peckham. We would like to warmly invite all prospective parents to come and get a taste of what school life is like at John Donne at one of our reception open mornings:

Tuesday 27th September 2022 at 9am

Thursday 13th October 2022 at 9am

Tuesday 1st November 2022 at 9am

Thursday 17th November 2022 at 9am

Thursday 1st December 2022 at 9am

Thursday 8th December 2022 at 9am

Tuesday 10th January 2023 at 9am


Click here to book on to one of our Reception open mornings. 

What makes John Donne a special place to learn?

  • We aim to provide all of our children with a successful and unforgettable educational experience so that they can achieve personal and academic excellence.
  • Every child is unique and this drives what we do. We put the children at the centre of their own learning and we make learning irresistible, meaningful and memorable.
  • Through an innovative curriculum and enriching opportunities, we foster a passion for learning and encourage the development of life-long skills. 
  • Our team of passionate staff contribute to the success of our confident, independent and aspirational pupils, as they challenge and support each of our learners to achieve their best possible outcomes. 
  • We promote a culture of achievement so that every aspect of the child is valued and celebrated at every opportunity. 
  • We incorporate a range of specialisms, unique to our school yet the norm in our strive for excellence. We have high quality specialist teachers in Outdoor Learning, Poetry, Spanish, PE and Music. 
  • We are proudly part of the Communitas Education Trust; a local trust working collaboratively with local schools. We are supported by a wider network offering expertise, educational opportunities and further enrichment possibilities. 

Pupil Admission Number (PAN)

The school has an admission number of 60 for entry in Year Reception.

The school will accordingly admit this number of pupils if they are sufficient applications. Where fewer applicants than the published admission number(s) for the relevant year group are received, the Academy Trust will offer places at the school to all those who have applied.

Reception Admissions

Reception Admission Arrangements

Please see below for admission arrangements.

JDPS Determined Admission Arrangements 2022-23

Reception Admission Appeals

Please see below for the admission appeals timetable for September 2022 entry.

Appeals resulting from applications for admission to Reception for September 2022 will be heard according to the following timetable: 



National Offer Day


Date by which an appeal must be submitted


Appeals to be heard by


Deadline for appellants to submit additional evidence

8:00am, 3 working days before the appeal hearing

Decision letters sent to the appellants

Within 5 school days of the appeal hearing (whenever possible)

Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal date at least 10 school days before the hearing.

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of the appeal being lodged, whichever is the later date.

Please contact for the Appeals form 

Nursery Admissions

Nursery Admissions Criteria

John Donne Primary School is an academy school and we welcome children of every faith and from every background.

We are committed to include all children, able bodied or disabled, gifted or with special needs. We will adapt our school where possible to meet with any child’s special needs. If you would like to see a copy of our accessibility plan please ask the school office.

We follow the admissions procedure agreed by the southwark admissions forum.

Over-subscription Criteria for Nursery

In the event that there are more applications than there are places available, places will be allocated in the following order of priority:

(i) Children in public care (Looked-After Children) and children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order) 

(ii) Children with siblings who are already on roll at the school and will still be on roll at their date of entry 

(iii) Children with exceptional medical, social or psychological needs, where it is agreed by the Governing Body and the headteacher that these can best be addressed at the Academy

(iv) Children of permanent staff members who work at least three days per week

(v) Children living nearest to the school as measured by a straight line from the child’s home to the main school gate

How to Apply

Nursery Admissions

Application for Nursery is made directly through the school. You can apply for your child to be added to our waiting list after they turn 2 either by email at or you can obtain an application form at the school office.

Reception Admissions

Application for Reception is made by completing Southwark's on-line application form available here.

Setting up an email account

School Admissions Primary

How to Apply Online

In-year Admissions

Please email for an application form.