St John's College Junior School

Boys (2 - 11)
Girls (2 - 11)
Weekly Boarding

St John’s College Junior School comprises a Nursery (2 - 4), Pre-Prep Department (4 to 7 years) and a Preparatory Department (7 to 11 years), all housed on the main College campus in Southsea, Hampshire.

About the school

Housed in its own attractive buildings on the St John's College, Southsea campus, our Junior School enables boys and girls age to enjoy a safe and secure environment with ready access to a number of Senior School facilities.

Many pupils join our Reception Class from our Nursery and continue with us until the end of Year 6 when they naturally progress to the Senior School.

With the Nursery located next to our Reception Class in the main school building, transition to ‘Big School’ for the youngest members of our community is easy and parents often comment on the benefits this continuity of education provides for their children. This theme continues as the children progress through Key Stages One and Two.

Children at St John’s are motivated, aspirational and most importantly, happy. They seem to thrive in an environment that encourages each individual to be the best that they can be.

Like all good independent preparatory schools, the Junior School offers a challenging academic curriculum and a wide range of extra-curricular activities. But what it also crucially provides is a child-centred education, where every child is truly valued for what they can bring to our community. This is why I chose St John's College for my own children and why so many of our staff do today. We welcome children with a range of abilities and talents and take great delight in seeing them succeed.

Key Facts

  • Girls' Boarding: 7 (8 to 11)
  • Total Pupils: 154
  • Day Fees: £3075 to £3285/term
  • Boarding Fees: £8695 to £9580/term

Open Days

No Forthcoming Events

Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees

Each year we are able to offer sport, art, music and academic scholarships to pupils starting in Year 7. These are awarded to students who perform extremely well in the entrance assessments and are worth up to 50% of the day fees.

We aim to support as many families qualifying for bursaries as possible. All bursaries are means tested and their value is related to the income and financial resources of the student's family. Awards can be worth up to 50% of the day fees, but are usually in the region of 10-20%.

Parents wishing to apply for scholarships or bursaries should apply in writing to Head. Further information is available from our Admissions Registar, Mrs Janet Mengham. Please email or telephone the school on 023 9281 5118.

Admissions Process

Choosing the right school is important and we want to do all we can to help you decide whether St John’s College, Southsea is right for your child.
Our website provides all the facts, but by visiting us and talking with students and staff you will get a real feel for the school and, if you’re still undecided, we will happily arrange a Taster Day for your son or daughter.

How to get in touch
1. Visit and registration
You are very welcome to visit the school, with or without your child(ren); at one of our open events or on an private tour. Visit our Open Morning page for further details.

2. Taster day
We are happy to offer your child a taster day / session so they can spend a normal school day with his or her current year group; in the case of prospective boarders this can include a sleepover. This gives them an excellent opportunity to meet their peers and teachers and to get a feel for our school.

3. Entrance Assessments
Any pupils wishing to join the College will be required to sit an entrance assessment:

Junior School
All pupils entering the Junior School are assessed usually during a Taster Day. This includes a short assessment of the child's levels of Literacy, Numeracy and Reading.


Students applying from overseas will be asked to provide academic reports, references from their current school and to take a formal assessment in English and Maths.

4. Offer of a place
If the taster session and entrance assessment went well, a verbal offer will be made which will then be followed by a formal, written offer, subject to the receipt of satisfactory reports/references from the child’s current school.

5. Acceptance of a place
This is requested, in writing, together with a non-refundable deposit of £100 which is payable on acceptance of the place. This deposit it held in credit against the final fee account that is presented after a pupil leaves the school.

Finding out more

Grove Road South, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 3QW
023 9281 5118
Email Web

Key Facts

  • Girls' Boarding: 7 (8 to 11)
  • Total Pupils: 154
  • Day Fees: £3075 to £3285/term
  • Boarding Fees: £8695 to £9580/term

Open Days

No Forthcoming Events