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Starting school is a very important step in every young child’s life and at St Johns C of E Academy we place great emphasis on these early years. We will do everything we can to make sure your child feels secure and happy with all aspects of school life.


We believe the key to every child’s success is a strong partnership that we can build between parents and the school, within the early stages of your child’s school career.


Your involvement and support remains vital to your child’s development.


Application Process


Our admissions process is dealt with in school. You can apply any time up to when your child is due to start school. Foundation 1 places are allocated to pupils in the term after their 3rd Birthday.


Once you have completed an application form, we will calculate the date that your child is due to start and inform you whether your child has a place one school term before the due start date. Prior to your child joining us, we will endeavour for them to have a 'getting to know you' session.


Places offered from January 2021 will be offered following the same admission criteria as published in our current Admissions Policy.


We have a current admission number of 24 sessions per morning and 24 sessions per afternoon. If our Foundation 1 Unit is not oversubscribed, all applicants will be offered a place. If our Foundation 1 Unit is oversubscribed then the following criteria will be applied, in priority order, to determine which applications will be granted once places have first been allocated to pupils who have a “statement of special educational need or education, health and care plan (EHCP)” which names the school.


Oversubscription Criteria


1. Children looked after by a local authority and previously looked after children

2. Children who live in the catchment area at the closing date for applications and who, at the time of admission, will have a brother or sister attending the school

3. Other children who live in the catchment area at the closing date for application

4. Children who live outside the catchment area and who, at the time of admission, will have a brother or sister attending the school

5. Children who live outside the catchment area


We offer the following sessions:


  • Mornings Only                 15 Universal Hours                                                         

  • Afternoons Only              15 Universal Hours                                         

  • Full time                            30 Hours (15 Universal & 15 Extended,)


15 Universal Hours- Mornings or Afternoons


All children are entitled to the Government's universal funding. This allows for children to attend for 15 hours each week in term time.


30 Hours (15 Universal Hours & 15 Extended, including 1 hour lunch club)


Parents should use the online HRMC eligibility checking system at to obtain an eligibility code for 15 extended hours. If you experience any problems checking your eligibility please contact the Customer Interaction Centre on 0300 123 4097. 


Non Funded Places


If families are not eligible for a funded place, but would like to apply for an extension to their 15 Universal Hours, we offer a limited number of paid places. As these places are limited, we ask that you contact us to let us know you require this. In order to access our extended provision, children must attend every day. Children will receive their three hours funded time each day, with parents paying for the additional three hours.


We are registered for Tax Free Childcare and parents are able to use this service to pay for their fees. We also currently accept childcare vouchers from the following schemes, you will need our URN to make payments through all schemes which is 142507:




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Waiting List


Our waiting list lasts until the end of the admission year and is maintained in strict admission criteria order irrespective of date of application.


The Aims of Foundation 1


We aim to provide a safe, secure and stimulating atmosphere with a well-organised and attractive environment that will encourage all children to be happy, confident and independent with a positive attitude to learning.


Once your child has started you will be allocated a key person who will be your first point of contact for sharing information about your child.


We provide a broad, balanced curriculum through carefully planned activities and experiences that follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and have a strong emphasis on structured learning through play and child-initiated activities.


We strive to meet the needs of individuals through a flexible approach to teaching and learning. 

If you would like to make an application for your child to join our Foundation 1 Unit, please complete the forms below and email to our or via post to St John's C of E Academy, Raymoth Lane, Worksop, S81 7LU