Parent Newsletter – 24 April 2013

This note is for parents who have applied for places at Judith Kerr Primary School. Since we mailed out our offer letters last week, we have received a large number of questions on a few consistent themes, which I’d like to answer briefly for everyone now.


We are planning to open in a site in Herne Hill, SE24. This would be our permanent location. Whilst we are close to being allowed to announce exactly where it is, I’m afraid as of today we’re still embargoed about that. However, we used the address of this site in determining who should receive an offer based on distance.

Please note that we need evidence of the child’s current address in the UK in order to rank applications correctly.

Waiting list

Many families who did not receive an offer or applied after 15 January have asked how our waiting list will work.

Parents who received offers last week have until 2 May to decide whether to accept. Those who decline an offer or do not reply in time will lose their place and give rise to a vacancy. We expect to have vacancies in every year group – Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 – after this first round.

As soon as possible after 2 May, we will therefore make a new allocation according to our oversubscription criteria (mainly a blend of distance priority and random allocation) and issue offers for the vacancies we have. Parents will be given a date by which to reply and we will repeat this process until all places are full.

Whereas our first round offers were to parents who applied before our main application deadline of 15 January, our next and later allocation rounds will include ALL applications made at any date that have not already received an offer (whether accepted or rejected or not replied to). Every application is therefore automatically put on our waiting list.

Workshop on 27 April

Finally, I’d like to remind everyone of parent workshop this Saturday 27 April, at 3pm. This session will be focused on our curriculum and teaching plans and will be led by Basia Lubaczewska, our headteacher. It will take place at St John the Divine Community Centre, Frederick Crescent, SW9 6XN and last about 75 minutes.

Do email if you plan to come the workshop and please note that to avoid distractions we are asking parents not to bring their children to this event. We’ll certainly organise more family events during the coming months.

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