Admissions to St John’s School is governed by the admissions policy as set by Essex County Council.

Places will be allocated to the school up to the published admissions number of 60 for each year group. There is no guarantee of a place for children living in the priority admission areas. In the event of over-subscription, places will be allocated using the following criteria and in the order given:

  1. a) Looked After Children and previously looked after children (as defined on page 12 of the Primary Education in Essex 2019/2020 booklet)
  2. b) Children with a sibling attending the school.
  3. c) Children living in the priority admission area.
  4. d) Remaining applications

In the event of over-subscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight-line distance from home to school, those living closest being given the highest priority.

Once your child has been offered a conditional place from Essex County Council, the school will send you a letter inviting you to a pre-admission meeting. You will be required to meet with a member of the School Administration team with documents confirming proof of identification and proof of address.   The School, acting on behalf of Essex County Council, might also include an un-announced home visit.  If there is reasonable doubt to the legitimacy of an address the school place may be withdrawn.  Due to increasing fraudulent applications the school operates an Admissions Whistleblowing Policy to ensure that places are allocated to legitimate families living within Buckhurst Hill. 

All admission or waiting list enquiries are dealt with via email:

At St John’s we welcome prospective parents who wish to view the school to make an appointment via the school secretary. The Headmaster is happy to talk to any prospective parents about the school. Tours of the school are held regularly, throughout the year, by appointment only.