Frequently asked questions about admissions to the school and about the school itself. For any more information please contact Mrs Barker, Director of Admissions on 01784 494 053.
22 is our maximum class size although it is very rare for class sizes to rise in excess of 20 boys. The staff pupil ratio throughout the school is one teacher for every 8 boys.
St John’s entrance criteria is academically non-selective and as such, does not use a formal entry test. The School is keen to assist parents in finding the right fit for their son and their family as a whole. Places are therefore offered following a meeting with the Headmaster and a boy’s subsequent taster day at the School. It is our overriding priority that we offer places to boys who will thrive at St John’s and who are well placed to play an active and positive part in the life of this busy purposeful Christian school.
St John’s is able to cater for a wide range of abilities and can provide limited support for boys with SEN or EAL needs. However, parents should recognise that the school day and the demands placed on each boy are notable. It is important for a boy’s sense of confidence and achievement that he is able to contribute fully to the life of the school. The School together with parents makes every effort to ensure that this environment is right for each boy.
St John’s is a Roman Catholic Jesuit school. The School positively welcome boys of all religious beliefs but it is important that parents who choose St John’s do so in the knowledge that their sons will be educated in a Roman Catholic environment and their attendance at morning assembly and other religious services that occur throughout the year is compulsory. The Religious Education syllabus follows that which is laid down by the Roman Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales and boys are introduced to all major religions as part of our Religious Education, PHSE and morning assembly programme.
For boys in pre-preparatory (Nursery to Y2) we offer an early drop-off from 8am and school ends at 3pm with clubs running until 4pm.
Boys in Middle School may be dropped off from 7.55am and school ends at 4.00pm with clubs running until 5.00pm.
Boys in the Upper School may be dropped off from 7.55am and school ends at 5.00pm with clubs running until 6.00pm
For all boys after-school care is available until 6pm, a modest additional cost is made for this provision.
Childcare vouchers can be used for school fees for boys under 5 years and for after school care for all other ages.
We run a bus service to Windsor, Maidenhead, Sunbury and Barnes. Other routes may be available based on demand.
The school runs a very large number of extra-curricular activities – all planned with boys in mind. For some boys, their personal strength may often lie outside of the academic curriculum and it is important that these are recognised to the greatest extent possible within the structure of the school.
The list of activities include: philosophy, athletics, Lego, chess, football, swimming, Mad Science, current affairs, neuro-linguistic programming, first aid, climbing, mandarin, rowing, SCUBA diving, kick-boxing, tennis, Bio-mechanic fitness, chef academy, golf, water polo, cycling and judo.
Sport is an integral part of life at St John’s but not to the detriment of other important aspects including music, art and drama.
From Nursery boys will take part in PE & swimming lessons each week, in Year 2 the boys will also have games lessons. Boys from Year 3 onwards will have either games or PE four days a week.
Boys enjoy a wide range of sporting opportunities including rugby, cricket, football, swimming, tennis, rock-climbing, golf, athletics, rowing and gymnastics. All boys from Bellarmine to Rudiments (Years 3 to 8) will represent the school in a rugby, cricket and football team.
Music, Art and Drama are very strong at St John’s, both in the number of boys who pursue these subjects after school and the standard that they achieve in each. More importantly though is the importance that is attached to each of these disciplines. Boys who excel or enjoy these subjects are recognised equally throughout the school and their achievements valued highly.