Welcome to Reception at John Locke Academy

Reception September 2021 Information

Thank you for your interest in John Locke Academy.  We regret that due to the ongoing COVID situation we are unable to offer our prospective students and their parents the opportunity to visit John Locke Academy.  We recognise that choosing a school is an important decision and hope that the following information helps you with your application. 

The deadline for Reception September 2021 applications is Friday 15th January 2021.  

Please visit the Hillingdon Borough primary allocations information page on the borough website.  This has lots of useful information regarding the allocation process.


Applications will be considered according to our Admissions Policy.  Please be aware that the furthest distance allocation for September 2020 entry was 722metres and for September 2019 was 847metres.

We hope that the video above and information below will give you an overview of our reception classes.   All information is subject to change due to Covid guidance.

​Timings of the day

Reception teachers are in their classrooms from 8.45am, allowing parents to bring their children into class and help them settle into the morning if they wish to. This is a chance to have an informal chat with the teacher or learning support staff, choose a reading book, or support your child with learning at the beginning of the day.  The doors close at 9.10am which is when all children should be in class by.  The reception school day ends at 3.25pm.  

EYFS Curriculum

The EYFS curriculum encourages children to ‘Learn through Play’.  All of the activities set out in the classrooms, outside and shared areas are learning opportunities for the children.  Children are assigned to a class where they access ‘whole class’ learning and activities such as phonics and storytime.   Throughout the day there is freeflow inside and outside and the children are encouraged to explore the activities available in all of the reception classrooms and shared areas.   There is a balance of whole class learning, child-initiated learning and adult-led focussed activities each day.      


All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 are entitled to a free lunch at school under the government Universal Infant Free School Meal programme.  


We are proud of our John Locke Academy uniform. It helps to create the school identity, a sense of community and unity.

​Pupils in reception wear a royal blue sweatshirt or cardigan with the school logo; a white short sleeved polo shirt; grey trousers or skirt. In the summer, grey shorts or light blue checked summer dresses may be worn.

​Shoes should be comfortable and black. Trainers may be worn for going outdoors. Socks should be black, grey, blue or white; tights should be grey or dark blue.

PE kit  – Physical activities form an important part of the daily EYFS curriculum.  Formal PE lessons are introduced during reception once children have settled and continue as part of the national curriculum throughout the rest of their primary education. Parents will be given notice of when children will require a PE kit, allowing you to buy the kit nearer the time, in case of a growth spurt!  

Learning doesn’t stop because of the weather and we have designed outdoor spaces that children can use whatever the weather is. We ask that all children in reception have a pair of wellies that they keep in school and wear a suitable coat to school with the day's weather in mind. This will make sure that children can access the daily outdoor learning activities during our notorious British winters – or spring, autumn and summer!

Breakfast and After School Club

Whether we can offer places to reception children for breakfast club and afterschool is dependent on capacity and uptake further up the school. Contact should be made directly with Aktiva to discuss this.