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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 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 

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 an informal interview, 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. 

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