Boys normally join St John's at 3+ in the Nursery or at 4+ in Reception. We also have a smaller intake at 7+ with boys going into Year 3. Other vacancies may occur from time to time in other years and particularly at 11+. Admission at 3+ and 4+ is by a simple assessment designed to ensure that each boy has the potential to flourish within the environment and culture of St John’s. Boys who join us in the Junior Department of the Prep school at the age of seven are assessed with written tests and an interview.
3+ assessments are held annually in late October or early November for entry to the Nursery the following September. There are a maximum of 20 places available.
4+ assessments are held early in January for entry to Reception the following September.
7+ assessments are held annually in November for entry the following September.
If you are considering St John's School, we encourage you to register your interest as soon as possible. Please register by the end of September 2016 for 2017 entry.
We run two Open Mornings each year – in October and May – which are opportunities for prospective parents to see the school in operation and meet some of the key staff.
The Headmaster would be delighted to welcome you for an individual tour of the school. Please contact the school office on 020 8866 0067 or email email@example.com
3+ Assessment – late October/early November
Boys play in a group of 6-8 children for between 45 minutes and an hour. Where possible boys are grouped according to age. Parents stay with their son whilst he is playing. Teachers and Nursery Nurses play and chat with the children during the session. Assessment is informal evaluating sociability, communication and language skills. The Headmaster and Head of Pre-Prep speak to all parents and are available to answer queries during the assessment. All candidates are informed as to whether their application has been successful by post by the end of November.
4+ Assessment – early January
Boys are invited to school in groups of 6-8 for a session that lasts around an hour. Informal assessments are based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. We contact nurseries to provide written reports for all candidates. We are looking for communication skills and sociability and for boys we believe have the potential to flourish at St John’s. The Headmaster speaks to all parents and is available to answer queries during the assessment. All candidates are informed as to whether their application has been successful by post by the end of January.