Joining Our School

We hope that you feel St John’s Church of England Primary School would be the right choice for your family. We want to welcome you to St John’s and show you the school we have created and what we can offer your child or children.

If you’d like to find out what our current parents think about being part of the St John’s family, you can watch a short video here.

Starting School in September 2020.

We are undertaking school tours for anyone wanting to find out more about our school before making an application for a place in Reception. Tours take place between October and December.

Please click here to book your place. We encourage everyone to book at the earliest opportunity. This means that you then have the opportunity to revisit if you want to. Choosing a school is an important decision and we want to give you every opportunity to ask questions.

We start with a presentation by the Headteacher, followed by a tour of the school building by a member of staff. Please be aware that the tour includes all the floors and the rooftop playground and although children can attend, we cannot accommodate pushchairs.  These may be left in the hall. Once the tour has concluded, there will be another opportunity to ask questions.

We will have 60 available spaces in Reception. Should the school receive over 60 applications, the oversubscription criteria will be applied. All applications will be placed into two groups – Children of the Christian Faith and Community places (allocated without reference to faith). For the initial allocations only, the available places will be allocated equally between these two groups, with the oversubscription criteria being used to rank the applications within the groups. We feel that this is fair to ensure that there are places for local families as well as those Christian families looking specifically for a church school.

For the subsequent two rounds of continuing interest, only the oversubscription criteria will be used to determine a child’s position on the waiting list. There will be no distinction given to children in one group or the other.

How to apply

We are part of the County Council’s Coordinated Admissions Process. All applications should be made online. You can make an application between November 2019 (exact date to be confirmed by HCC) and 15th January 2020. For further information, and to access the system, once it is available for those starting in September 2020, please follow this link. If there are any issues with the online system, you will need to contact the County Council.

Community Places

If you are of no faith, a different faith or are Christian but do not fill the criteria for “Children of the Christian Faith”, you can apply under the community group. You will only need to apply online. You will not be required to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF).

Children of the Christian Faith

You can apply to the “Children of the Christian Faith” group if you meet the follow criteria: Worship at least twice a month for one year prior to application at a Trinitarian Christian Church. You will need to apply online and obtain a signed SIF and return it directly to the school. We would encourage you to submit a SIF if you do fulfil the criteria, especially if you do not live close to the school.

The SIF can be downloaded from this page, or a paper copy can be requested from the school office in person, by telephoning 01923 255017 or by emailing office@watfordstjohns.org. It is also available from the County Council website.

The SIF needs to be returned directly to school before the deadline for ontime applications (15th January 2020) please ensure that you speak to your church about their process for signing SIF forms so that they can be completed ontime.  If the SIF is not returned by this date, your application will not be considered under the Children of the Christian Faith category, but can still be considered under the community category.

Please note that after the initial allocation, we only allocate on the oversubscription criteria and which group you initially applied to will no longer be relevant for the continuing interest rounds.

Summer Born Children

If you are the parent of a summer born child (born between 1st April and 31st August) who would like to discuss the options available to you, please contact Mrs Moore, Admissions Lead, on 01923 255017 or via office@watfordstjohns.org

In Year Admissions 19/20

Current vacancy status by Year Group – updated 30th July 2019

Reception: NO

Year One: NO

Year Two: NO

Year Three: YES

Even where we are full in a year group, can still make an in year application to join our waiting list.

St John’s operates its own waiting list, therefore you should apply direct to our school. Should a place become available, we will allocate it to the first child on our waiting list. Places are allocated according to our oversubscription criteria as contained in our Admissions Policy for 2019/20.

In Year Application forms are available from the school office, or you can download one from this page. They must be physically signed and returned to school with the relevant documents confirming the child’s home address. We will accept applications via email as long as they are a scanned copy of the signed original and the scanned documents are attached. There is no requirement to complete a SIF form for an In Year Application Form.

Our waiting list for 2019/20 is now open and closes at the end of June. A new waiting list is then opened from 1st July each year, for the next academic year and all those wishing to remain on the waiting list have to reapply.

Starting School in September 2020.

We will be undertaking tours between October and December 2019. Bookings will initially open at the end of the summer term (July) 2019. More dates will be added as and when tours become fully booked. We encourage you to book a tour at the earliest opportunity. We look forward to welcoming you to our school.

The determined admission arrangements and the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) are available on this page.