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13+ Admissions

Step 1: Registering

When: Closing date 1 November of Year 6

To be considered for a place, a registration form and non-refundable registration fee should be submitted to the School by 1 November of Year 6.

A reference will then be requested from your child's current school, and they will be invited to attend a pre-assessment in the following January.

Step 2: Informal Remote Interview

When: Autumn Term of Year 6

The opportunity to get to know your child and understand more about their interests and aspirations is a central part of the assessment process at St John’s.

We believe that pupils perform at their best when they feel most comfortable and relaxed. Following positive feedback from families during our most recent assessment process, we will continue with remote online interviews this year.  

During the Autumn Term, we will invite all registered candidates to an informal remote interview where they will have the opportunity to meet with a friendly member of our teaching staff from the comfort of their own home.

Step 3: Entrance Assessment

When: January of Year 6 – Monday 9 January to Friday 13 January 2023

Our assessment consists of a mathematics paper, an English paper and an online abilities assessment. The online abilities assessment measures verbal, numerical and non-verbal ability.  Interests outside the classroom (and outside of school) are valued. Based on a satisfactory report from a candidate’s current school and results of the St John’s assessment, offers of places are made in the February of Year 6.

Places must be accepted by a specific date in March when both the Acceptance Deposit and Fee Deposit, as set out in the Fees section, are payable. Upon accepting a place at St John’s, parents are agreeing not to accept or hold a place at another senior school. 

A sample copy of the maths paper is available here:

‘We want to say a huge thanks to you and your team for organising such an excellent entrance assessment this morning. It was clearly a monumental amount of work, but your communication was superb. Thank you for making what could have been a very stressful morning as smooth as it could have been. We appreciate it greatly.’ 

‘I just wanted to say how brilliant I think your assessment has been. It was well-thought-out, the very clear instructions meant my son was relaxed and calm. Thank you to you and the team for really considering the children in this process.’ 

Step 4: Scholarship Applications

When: Closing date 15 December of Year 8

St John’s offers scholarships to candidates who demonstrate leadership, excellence in their field and the potential to develop further in their time at St John’s. Criteria and dates of scholarship assessments are detailed on the Scholarship pages. Scholarship applications should be received, together with the appropriate fee(s), by the closing date of 15 December in Year 8.  External candidates applying for a Fourth Form Scholarship must be in receipt of an accepted place to join the Fourth Form the following September.

Step 5: Scholarship Assessments

When: February of Year 8 

Academic scholarship assessments and other scholarship assessments, such as art, design & engineering, drama, music and sport take place in the February of when candidates are in Year 8.

Step 6: Confirmatory Reference

When: End of Spring Term of Year 8

St John’s will request a reference at the end of the Spring Term of Year 8 from a  candidate’s current school asking them to confirm that there has been continued progress and engagement during Years 7 and 8.

If you have any questions about the admissions process or life at St John’s, please contact the admissions team on 01372 373 000 or at