We will be delighted to speak to you
Normally, every admission at St John’s School starts with prospective parents/ carers visiting for either a personal tour or on one of our popular Open Day events. Due to Covid-19 we took the decision to offer tours after school and during holiday periods rather than during the normal academic day taking into consideration pupil and staff safety. Please call our Registrar who would be delighted to book you a personal tour or onto our Open Day scheduled for Saturday 2nd October 2021. Once you have toured, 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. If your child has already been in a nursery setting we will also request a copy of their latest report.
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 for your child 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 and a copy of your child’s latest nursery/ Pre-School report will be requested, prior to an offer being made.
Form 1/ Year 3 (Junior School Entry)
For entry to Form 1 (Year 3 Junior School Entry) parents/ carers are asked to complete and submit their child’s registration. 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 taster day in their current year group or a socially distanced entrance assessment (dependent on Covid-19 government guidance).
Upper 3/ 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 the end of November 2021. 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. Please contact our Registrar for further details of the 2022 entry assessments. Once agreed, offers will usually be posted out by mid-February.
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, music or overall academic ability. These awards will be means tested, a means tested form will need to be submitted by parents/ carers 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.
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 taster day in their current year group or a socially distanced entrance assessment (dependent on Covid-19 government guidance).
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.
Accepting an Offer
If your child is offered a place you will be given an Offer Cover Letter and Acceptance Form Documentation. Both documents will need to be signed and returned to the school and we ask that the parent/carer retains a copy for their files. 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.
If your child is entering Pre-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/ July 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 end of June and will have a face to face induction prior to the beginning of term in September 2021.