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Nursery and Reception

Admissions Policy

John Ball is a three form entry community primary school. It is a popular school and there are many more parents and carers who want to send their children to us than we are able to take.  The school only has responsibility for nursery admissions. The Borough of Lewisham admissions deal with all Reception class places as well as In-year admissions for all other age groups.

John Ball Primary School follows the admissions procedures and policy set out for maintained schools by Lewisham Local Authority. The local Authority also manages all applications for secondary school places as part of a pan London agreement.

The school employs an Admissions Officer, who is part of the school business team. They have day to day responsibility for managing this process and liaising with the Local Authority. Ultimately the Head teacher is responsible for ensuring the school manages the admissions process correctly in line with the Local Authority policy.

Nursery Admissions

John Ball has 42 part-time nursery places, which is the Government funded 15 hours.  We do not have any full-time places.   If you wish your child to be admitted to John Ball Nursery, you need to collect and complete an application form available from the school office or download below. We do not accept applications until your child turns 2 years of age.  Children are admitted to the Nursery once they have turned 3 years of age and in the academic year they turn 4.  We only have one intake in September. The School manages its own admissions for the nursery class. Our criteria is siblings first to be offered a place and then home to school distance.

Morning session runs from 9.00am to 11.30am and the afternoon session runs from 12.30 to 3.00pm, with one full day once a week to make up the total 15 hours.  There is a lunchtime wrap around club which is run by an outside company for this facility at a charge.  This starts after the October half term each year.

Deadline for Nursery Applications is Wednesday 6th May 2020

Children who are not offered a place, will automatically be put on a waiting list. Should a place become available we will contact you.

Nursery Application Form

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Reception Admissions

If you would like your child to join our Reception class then you must complete your local borough common application form (CAF) online.  To apply online go to  On the form you can select up to six schools listing them in order of your preference.

However, there are a number of admissions criteria that apply to offers that are made for places at John Ball. These are in order of priority:

  • a child in public care; that is a child who is looked after by the local authority
  • in exceptional circumstances, a child may be admitted on the grounds of acute medical or social need, for either them or a family member
  • a child whose brother or sister is still on the school roll at the time of admittance in to Reception Year
  • if after the above criteria are taken into account, priority will be given to children whose permanent home address is closest to the school.

Waiting lists will be held for the first term of the reception year only. Those with a continuing interest in a place at a school beyond this time will be required to inform Lewisham Borough Admissions to remain on the waiting list.

For applying for Reception for 2020 

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Determined Admissions Policy 2020-2021

Lewisham Determined Admissions Policy 2021.2022

Powerpoint presentation for new parents  Welcome to Reception class

Lewisham will offer parents an e-mail reminder service about admissions and will also offer on-line information via their website with PDF printable versions for parents to print off and direct links to schools websites.

For further information about the primary school application process please click on this link to take you to the Lewisham Website

Parents and carers of children who wish them to join the school, in any class, at any other time of the year need to complete an “In-Year” admissions form.  This is now done online. The same admissions criteria is applied to all applications with the addition of an “out of education” priority, whereby children who have just arrived in the area are given priority over other children who are already in a school and just wish to move.

Local Offer

Please see link below to view our Inclusive Learning Statement:

JB Local Offer

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For starting school September 2020 – Waiting list for John Ball

You are automatically on the waiting list of any school of higher preference choice to the one you are offered.  

Please note that Lewisham will release a waiting list after the 1st June 2020. 

 After that date you may call Lewisham Admissions on 0208 3148282

Telephone lines are open Tuesday to Thursday 9am-1pm

or you may call John Ball School if we are back to school by the 1st June to find out where your child may be on the waiting list on 0208 852160.  If we are not back in school by the  1st June, please e-mail

After the 31st December 2020 Lewisham Admissions closes this waiting list and if you wish to remain on the Reception waiting list for the rest of the academic year you must inform the local authority in writing.

After mid-July 2021 if you still want your child to stay on the waiting list for Year 1, again inform Lewisham Admissions in writing that you wish to roll-over onto the YR1 waiting list.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the admissions officer via the details as stated above.

More information on the process and for Appeals can be found here:-


Parents wishing to lodge appeals should do so by Friday 19th June 2020

Appeals lodged after Friday 19th June 2020 will not be heard until September 2020.