Ofsted-rated Outstanding School in 2009 and 2018 Welcome to
John Ruskin Primary School
and Language Classes
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Miss Tayton, HeadteacherWelcome to the John Ruskin Primary School & Language Classes website. Here you will find lots of useful dates and information about the school, and our school policies.

We were very proud to be awarded our second ‘Outstanding’ grade after a full Ofsted inspection in 2019. The school has now been consistently graded as outstanding by Ofsted and the local authority for the last ten years. This is a significant achievement and we would like to thank all staff, governors, parents and children who have made this possible.

We are very proud of John Ruskin pupils’ long history of high performance. Pupils at John Ruskin have been achieving well above the national average for the last 20 years! So you can be sure that your child will achieve their full potential whilst at our school.

We look forward to another successful year in 2020-21.

Miss Tayton, Headteacher


We have places available at both the John Ruskin Nursery and the
Brandon Nursery.

The government provides 15 hours per week of free nursery education for every child.

We also offer full-time places. Some working parents are eligible for an additional 15 hours free nursery education (details can be found on the free childcare tab above). Please contact Jonathan Verity if you think you might be eligible for the additional 15 hours. Full-time places are also available for those children who are not eligible for the additional 15 hours for a weekly charge that provides outstanding teaching, learning and value for money. Our nursery staff are very experienced and are able to provide a stimulating, open, fun and engaging environment.

One Nursery, two sites

We offer the same outstanding nursery care across both our nurseries.
Visit the school office, email office@johnruskin.southwark.sch.uk or call 020 7703 5700 to discuss a full-time or part-time place or to make an application.


The inspection report stated:

“The school’s vision, ‘Be responsible, be fair, stay positive and care’, is borne out by the exemplary behaviour and attitudes of all the pupils in the school. They are polite and resilient, and take a pride in their school. The core values seek to ensure that your pupils have ambition, enjoy school and are successful learners. All members of staff understand your vision and demonstrate these values in their work.”

You can read the inspection report in full here.


Our breakfast club and after school provision is provided by Camberwell After School Provision. You can find more information here.

CASP was recently awarded the Honorary Liberty of the Neighbourhood of the Old Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell.

Click here to see a montage of photos from the ceremony, where Carmen Lindsay MBE, founder and CEO of CASP, received the award.


ParentLine is a messaging service for parents and carers of school-aged children in Southwark and Lambeth. Parents and carers can message a school nurse to get confidential advice about their child’s health-related issues. School nurses work during school holiday periods, so you can get in touch then too.

Find out more about the service and confidentiality on the Evelina London website.

The ParentLine number is 07520 631 130. This is a text number only and cannot receive phone calls.


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School News

Odd Socks Day

On Monday 16th November 2020, we will be taking part in Odd Socks Day to support Anti-bullying Week 2020. Come to school wearing your odd socks to celebrate what makes us all unique! [...]

Christmas lunch

Our school Christmas lunch will be on Friday 11th December 2020. If your child usually has a school dinner please indicate their choice of lunch via this  Microsoft Forms link ​ If your child [...]

Digital Book Fair!

We are pleased to announce we will be running a digital book fair this month, from 17th to 24th November. Due to the current restrictions we cannot hold the book fair in the normal way but you [...]

Pumpkin competition!

We have organised a pumpkin competition! Click on the following video link to find out all about it: Pumpkin competition video Money raised from the competition will be donated to a charity [...]