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Admissions Process

Admissions Process

Admission to St John’s College is led by Mr Francis Taylor - Assistant Head, Admissions and External Relations.

For full details of our admissions process, please see our Admissions Policy - this can be found under the 'About Us'/School Policies and Handbooks', accessible from the main menu. Our parent contract terms and conditions can also be found here.

If you are an overseas applicant, please review our Overseas Admissions section.

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Offers of a Place

Attainment tests are administered as a basis for assessing future progress and to ensure a match between the school’s teaching programme and the ability of the prospective pupil.

We expect pupils and parents to fully support the school ethos in matters of work, disposition, full participation in the life of the school as well as adherence to codes of conduct and appearance.

Evaluations of the pupil’s academic potential and social awareness are made by staff in considering making an offer of a place. The final decision to allocate a place at St John’s College rests with the Headteacher who is advised by senior colleagues.

Entry into year 10 and year 11 is generally discouraged due to differing GCSE courses between schools. However, each application is considered on its merits and the final decision rests with the Headteacher. 

Year System at St John’s College

St John’s College has a system of naming year groups according to the age that pupils will reach in that academic year.  For example, pupils in R12 (‘R’ stands for ‘rising’) will have their 12th birthday during the course of that academic year.  Accordingly, R12 is the equivalent of ‘Year 7’ in the maintained sector, while R8 is the equivalent of ‘Year 3’.

Overseas Admissions

St John’s College has welcomed applications from international students for the past 20 years. Many of our students live locally to the College with Homestay families. For general overseas admissions enquiries, please contact Ms Ivy Greenwood: [email protected]

For admissions enquiries for BNO passport holders, please contact Mr Francis Taylor, Assistant Head, Admissions and External Relations: [email protected]

Student Visa and Student Visa Applicants

Child Student Visas (younger than 17 years old) or Student Visas (18 years old) can be applied for to enable a child to study at an independent school in the UK.

Please note that St John’s College does not accept applications for Homestay students under 14 years of age.

Useful information regarding UK visas and immigration.

Homestay Overseas Students

The College has a long standing relationship with Evergreen Guardianship Limited who provide Homestay services for students from overseas. For further information on Overseas Child Student Visas or Student Visa Applications and Homestay arrangement, please contact: Ms Ivy Greenwood, Overseas Registrar / Managing Director - Evergreen Guardianship Limited

Asia Liaison Office, please contact:

  • Address: Office G, 12th Floor, No. 99 Huaihai Road East, Shanghai, China
  • Telephone: 0086-21-52383825, 52383876
  • Email: [email protected]