We will be delighted to speak to you

Normally, every admission starts with prospective parents visiting for either a personal tour or on a tour on one of our popular Open Day events.  Sadly, at present due to the current social distancing guidelines, we have had to change the way in which we welcome new families.  We have been speaking with prospective parents and talking through all of your questions you may have.  We are currently revising our plans for admission events in this autumn term and hope to advise prospective parents shortly of our plans.  If you decide you would like to proceed with your child’s admission you will need to;

Complete a registration

We ask you to complete our online Registration Form and pay a non-refundable Registration Fee of £100, by either cheque or BACS payment, to progress your child’s admission.  Waiting lists are available from birth and held in chronological date order of receipt of registrations received.

Admission process explained by year group

Pre-Reception (2 –4 year olds)

We welcome boys and girls at any time after their second birthday.  Admission to Pre-Reception is year-round, subject to availability of spaces.  The minimum number of sessions your child will be required to attend is two morning sessions per week.

Once registered, normally you would be invited for a short informal meeting with our Head of Kindergarten or another member of our Senior Management Team, however currently we are meeting families over Zoom, prior to an offer being made.

Reception

Boys and girls progress into Reception in the September after they turn four.  St John’s School prides itself on small class sizes and priority is given to those children already attending our Pre-Reception class.

If you are looking to join from Reception, once registered, as above you would normally be invited for an informal visit with either the Head of Kindergarten or another member of our Senior Management Team, prior to an offer being made.  At present we have been meeting prospective families over Zoom.

Year 7 (Senior School Entry)

All boys and girls registered for entry into Upper 3 (Year 7 Senior School Entry) are asked to complete their registration by December 1st 2020.  All those registered will be invited to attend the Senior Entrance Assessment held in the January prior to their potential admission the following September.  St John’s will contact your child’s current school to obtain a Senior School Reference.

The Senior Entrance Assessment day comprises of English, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning assessments along with an informal interview with a group of applicants and our Senior Management Team.  As of September 2020, we have taken the decision to finalise details of our Senior Entrance Assessment closer to the January date, due to guidelines constantly changing, we felt it wise to wait to make a decision.  Once agreed, offers will usually be posted out by mid-February.

All other year groups

St John’s School regularly receives mid-year applications, which are welcome, providing there is availability in the required year group.  Once registered, a copy of your child’s most recent school report will be requested and your child may be invited to attend for a socially distanced entrance assessment.  Normally, prospective pupils are invited for a Taster Day, however we are sadly unable to introduce a child to our existing ‘bubbles’, we hope that you understand.

On completion of assessments, obtaining references and having spoken with prospective families our Registrar, Mrs Cox will advise if your child has been successful in obtaining a place at St John’s School.

Senior School Upper 3 (Year 7) Entry Scholarship Awards

St John’s School is committed to attracting the most able and talented pupils to join an environment where they will be challenged and to which they can make an exciting contribution.  We are also committed to ensuring that able and talented children have access to this environment even when parental income is not sufficient to pay the full cost of the tuition fees.

The St John’s School Award for pupils joining our Senior School aims to give able and talented pupils a scholarship to St John’s ranging from 5% to 50% reduction in fees.  Talents may include such things as sport, drama or music.  These awards will be means tested and eligible candidates will be assessed based on performance in our entrance assessment, interview with our Senior Management Team and appropriate letter/reference in support of your child’s talent.

Accepting an Offer

If your child is offered a place you will be given two Acceptance Forms.  One copy will need to be signed and returned to the school and the other is a parent copy.  On returning the signed Acceptance Form the following payment will need to be made to secure your child’s place;

£1,500 for a child entering Reception and Upper 3 (Year 7).  This is made up of a £500 deposit which will be refunded at the end of your child’s time at St John’s School, providing a terms notice in writing is given and £1,000 advanced fees which will be deducted from your first term’s invoice.

£500 deposit for entry to all other years, except Reception or Upper 3 (Year 7) which will be refunded at the end of your child’s time at St John’s School, providing a terms notice in writing is given.

Inductions

If your child is entering Pre-Reception and Reception, prior to starting, they will have an induction session to familiarise themselves with St John’s School and to get to know their teachers.

An induction day is normally held in June for children entering Senior School in Upper 3 (Year 7) the following September.  This year, our new Upper 3 pupils had an online induction at the beginning of July followed by a face to face induction prior to the beginning of term in September 2020.