We will be delighted to offer you a tour

Every admission starts with prospective parents visiting for either a personal tour with Mrs Armour, Headmistress or on a tour on one of our popular Open Day events.  Once you have visited 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 a 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, you will be invited to attend a short informal visit with your child to meet Mrs Armour, Headmistress, 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, you will be invited to attend a short informal visit with your child to meet Mrs Armour, Headmistress, prior to an offer being made.

Year 7 (Senior School Entry)

All boys and girls registered for entry into Upper 3 (Year 7 Senior School Entry) 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.  Once agreed, offers will 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 will be invited to attend a Taster Day, during which, your child will be assessed in Maths and English.  The Taster day will include a cooked lunch and the cost of this day is covered by the Registration Fee.

Mrs Armour will meet with parents/ guardians at the end of the Taster Day to advise if we are able to make an offer of a place.

Senior School 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 stretched, 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 25% 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 the Headmistress 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 held in June for children entering Senior School in Upper 3 (Year 7) the following September.