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16+ Admissions

Important Notice - 16+ Registration (2021) Now Closed
As the 16+ 2021 application deadline of 15 October has now passed, please note registration for 16+ 2021 has now closed.
The 2021 registration deadline for 11+ and 13+ is Sunday 1 November.
Please click here to view our Admissions Process.

Step 1: Registering and Scholarship Application

When: Closing date is 15 October of Year 11

Please note, for September 2021 entry the registration deadline remains unchanged. 
To be considered for a place to join the Sixth Form at St John’s, registration and payment of £150 registration fee should be made by 15 October of when the candidate is in Year 11.   By the same date, candidates should also submit a CV (which should include interests and predicted GCSE grades) and inform the admissions office which academic subject they would like to interviewed be in.

A reference and predicted grades will be requested from the candidate’s current school.

St John’s offers 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 applications, together with the relevant fee, should be received by 15 October and the assessments take place in the same week as the entry assessments.  Criteria and dates for scholarships are detailed on the Scholarship pages.

Step 2: Assessments

When: Wednesday 4 November 2020. For September 2021 entry all interviews and the online assessment will take place virtually.

Candidates will be expected to take an online academic assessment (verbal and non-verbal reasoning) and have two interviews. One of the interviews will be with a member of the pastoral team and the other with a head of department in a subject they wish to study at A level and that they have studied at GCSE. For September 2021 the assessment and interviews will be virtual and log in details and timings will be sent to candidates over half term in order that they can be set up to be taken at home.

Offers for external applicants are made in early December of the year before entry and are generally unconditional, although we reserve the right to specify one or more required grade in certain cases and for those opting for mathematics and science A levels. Details of the A levels currently offered and the grade requirements can be found in our A level options booklet on the curriculum page of this website

Choosing the right Sixth Form 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 chance to visit the School in person before final decisions are required.

On acceptance of the place offered, an Acceptance Deposit and Fee Deposit, as set out in the Fees section, are payable. 

Step 3: GCSE Examinations

When: August prior to joining Sixth Form

Places are confirmed by St John’s on receipt of GCSE results in August, providing the entry requirements have been met. In certain subjects, pupils will normally be required to have achieved grade 7 and above at GCSE in order to be able to study that subject in the Sixth Form.

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