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Entry into Fourth Form (Year 9)

Parents who wish their child to be considered for entry at 13 should firstly discuss their choice with their current Head whilst he or she is in Year 5. For those parents wishing to proceed with an application, a registration form, together with £100 registration fee should be received at St John’s by 1 November, at the latest, when a pupil is in Year 6 i.e. 34 months prior to entry.

Once the closing date is passed, St John’s will request reference reports from a child’s current head and all candidates will be invited to a pre-assessment session. The pre-assessments for pupils take place when they are in Year 6. For those who have registered for entry to St John’s in September 2019, the pre-assessments will take place on Monday 9 January, Tuesday 10 January and Wednesday 11 January 2017. Parents will be informed by Tuesday 20 December 2016 of a specific day and time for their children to attend.

To see sample copies of pre-assessment papers (for year 6 pupils) please  click on the following links:



The CEM Select Abilities assessment is used to measure verbal, numerical and non-verbal ability. The allocated time for the assessment sections is just over 50 minutes (for the access-arrangements version it is 25% longer), and the assessment is administered in approximately a one-hour period.  All sections are individually timed and only the very able are expected to complete the section.

Please note that neither CEM nor St John’s provide practice materials for the Abilities assessment. If a candidate takes the test at more than one school, CEM will share the results of the candidate between the schools in questions.  The name of the other school(s) will not be disclosed.

Based on a satisfactory report and pre-assessment an offer of a place may be made by the Headmaster of St John’s and a closing date given by which a deposit and fee deposit will be requested to accept that place.  The deposits are subject to the School's terms and conditions as listed in the parent contract and parent handbook (available on our school policies' page) and may be refunded up to 20 months before the date of entry.  Parents are requested that in accepting a place at St John’s, they agree not to accept a place at another senior school.

Common Entrance

Candidates at schools who prepare for Common Entrance at 13+ and have accepted an offer of a place are required to take the Common Entrance papers at their current preparatory school in the June prior to entry in September. The Common Entrance pass mark for entry is 55% and above in all subjects. Candidates who perform exceptionally well across a range of subjects will be considered for Academic Scholarships. Should a candidate’s performance in Common Entrance be unsatisfactory and we are not able to confirm the place, the deposits will be refunded.

Non Prep School Entrants

Candidates at schools that do not prepare for Common Entrance and have accepted an offer are required to take the School’s own mathematics, English and abilities assessment. These assessments are held in the February prior to entry in September. Should a candidate's performance be unsatisfactory and we are not able to confirm the place, the deposits will be refunded.