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13+ Admissions

Important Notice - 13+ (2023 ) Registration CLOSED 

The registration deadline for Fourth Form (13+/Year 9) 2023 entry (1 November) has now passed and registration is therefore closed. Please click here to view our Admissions Process and relevant deadlines.

Step 1: Registering

When: Closing date 1 November of Year 6

Please note, the registration deadline remains unchanged. 
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 the candidate’s current school and they will be invited to attend a pre-assessment in the following January.

Step 2: Pre-assessments

When: January of Year 6 (Monday 11 - Friday 15 January 2021)

Due to Covid-19 we have had to review our Entrance Assessment process this year. We want to prioritise the safety of all involved, and therefore with that in mind we have adapted the process this year for 11+ and 13+ entry to reduce the amount of time spent on site and to allow pupils to be in smaller groups. Once your child is registered, you will receive further information of the assessment process. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the admissions team on 01372 373 000 or at

A summary of the new process is detailed below:

  • Pre-submitted creative writing: we will ask each prospective pupil to submit a piece of handwritten creative writing (350-400 words) by Friday 4 December. Once registered, you will receive further information regarding the requirements after the registration deadline, 1 November. 
  • Remote interview: we will interview prospective pupils remotely this year, with each interview lasting approximately 10 minutes and we will schedule these to be completed in the second half of the Autumn Term. 
  • Onsite assessment: we will invite pupils into school during the week commencing 11 January 2021 to sit an assessment that will comprise of a maths test, an online abilities test and a comprehension/reading test. Pupils will be invited in groups while maintaining social distancing and Covid-19 guidelines that are appropriate at the time of the assessment. 
  • Please note that the registration deadlines remain unchanged and therefore pupils applying for 11+ entry in 2021 or 13+ entry for 2023 must be registered by 1 November 2020.

 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 pre-assessment, offers of guaranteed places are made in the February of Year 6.

Choosing the right senior school for your child is an important decision, and we want to reassure all families that it is our priority that everyone who receives an offer will have the opportunity to visit the School in person before final decisions are required.

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. 

Sample copies of the papers are available here:

Step 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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