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

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 2021-22

JDPS Determined Admission Arrangements 2022-23

Reception Admission Appeals

Please see below for the admission appeals timetable for September 2021 entry.

Appeals resulting from applications for admission to Reception for September 2021 will be hear according to the following timetable: 



National Offer Day

16th April 2021

Date by which an appeal must be submitted

21st May 2021

Appeals to be heard by

16th July 2021

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.

Admission Appeals Timetable 2021

Please contact: for the Appeals form 

Reception Open Days

If you are interested in sending your child to a vibrant and diverse primary school in the heart of Peckham, we would like to invite you to come and visit our school or attend an online Q&A session. 

Details of the meetings and how to book can be found in the document below.

Please note that we are limiting spaces for our in-school sessions to adhere to government guidelines to respect social distancing.


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

(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 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.

In-year Admissions

Please contact the school office for an application form.

Setting up an email account

School Admissions Primary

How to Apply Online