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11+ Admissions

Step 1: Registering and Scholarship Application

When: Closing date is 1 November of Year 6

A registration form and non-refundable registration fee (£150) should be submitted by 1 November of Year 6. A reference will be requested from your child's current school, and they will be invited to attend an assessment in the following January.

We offer scholarships to candidates who demonstrate leadership, excellence in their specified field and also possess the potential to further develop in their time at St John’s. Scholarship criteria and dates are detailed on the Scholarship pages. Scholarship applications, together with the relevant fee(s), should also be received by the closing date of 1 November in Year 6.

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 – Thursday 13 to Wednesday 19 January 2022

Please note due to Covid 19, we will continually monitor the relevant guidance and our admissions assessment plans are therefore subject to change to keep our community safe. We will inform registered families of any relevant changes.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the admissions team on 01372 373 000 or at

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. Based on a satisfactory report from your child’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 early in March when both the Acceptance Deposit and Fee Deposit, as set out in the fees information, 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 maths paper is available to download 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.’ 

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