St. Jude’s Church of England School has a distinctive Christian ethos which is at the heart of this School and provides an inclusive, caring and supportive environment where children learn and flourish in a setting shaped by Christian values. We welcome applications from all members of the community and we ask all parents/carers to respect the Christian ethos of our school and its importance to our community.
The Governing Body is responsible for the admission of pupils into St. Jude’s Church of England School and admits 30 children into the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception Class) in the September of each year. This complies with the maximum size limit for all infant classes.
The School admits children to the Reception class in the September of the school year in which a child attains the age of 5 years. (The school year runs from 1 September to the 31st August.) All parents/carers are entitled to a full-time place for their child in the reception class from September, but may defer entry until the beginning of the term after their child is five years old (i.e., when the child reaches compulsory school age) or until the beginning of the summer term whichever is earlier. Children may attend part-time until their child reaches compulsory school age. Parents/carers who have been offered a place at the school and wish to defer entry for their child and/or attend part-time must put this in writing to the Headteacher at the earliest opportunity and before the start of the autumn term.
The School admits children to the Nursery class in September of the school year in which a child attains the age of 4 years. The School will also admit children at different times of the year when a child is aged 3 or over. The School currently has a mixed Nursery and Reception class. The School will admit up to 10 full-time (or 20 part time) Nursery aged children and 20 Reception aged children. Admissions to the Nursery are based on the same criteria as admissions to the main school i.e. for Reception. Parents of children who are admitted for Nursery provision must apply for a place at the School by completing the common application form if they want their child to transfer to the Reception class. Attendance at the Nursery class does not guarantee admission to the School.
Children are normally educated in school with others of their age group; however, in exceptional circumstances parents/carers may seek a place outside of their child's normal age group. Decisions will be made on the basis of the circumstances of each case. Parents/carers must state clearly why they feel admission to a different year group is in the child's best interests and may provide recent professional evidence to support this. Further details of how to make such a request are available from the school.
How to Apply to St. Jude’s
Applications for Reception can be made here.
The deadline for September 2023 Reception applications was Friday 13th January 2023. If you missed this deadline then please contact our admissions team for advice.
Emails confirming reception allocations will be sent after 5pm on Friday 14th April 2023. Visit Southwark School Admissions for more information.
If the school receives more applications than available, then the school’s admissions policy sets out the criteria used to allocate places.
Parents applying for an in-year place Reception, or in any other age group class, may apply via Southwark School Admissions Department using an in-year application form which can be found on Southwark Council website.