COVID-19: IMPORTANT UPDATES AND INFORMATION to arrangements for September 2020


Welcome 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 last year to be awarded our second ‘Outstanding’ grade after a full Ofsted inspection. 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.

To celebrate our ten years as an outstanding school we will be holding some special events this year. Please look out for them in our newsletters. You will not have been able to miss the banners we have erected around the school building as part of the celebration!

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 2019-20.

Mrs Dickinson and Miss Tayton, Co-Headteachers


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.

We also offer full-time places 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 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.

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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

Summer playscheme

We are pleased to inform you that there will be a summer playscheme running at John Ruskin.  This will be run by Camberwell After School Project.  Part and full time places are available; places [...]