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St John’s School, Leatherhead

We believe in the limitless potential of every pupil in our care and combine academic ambition with a rich, enjoyable school experience. Living our mantra of High Hopes, High Standards, and High Spirits, the community of St John’s is optimistic, aspirational and determined to squeeze the most out of every opportunity.

When families arrive at our school for the first time, it is often the beautiful architecture that makes an immediate impression. We are undoubtedly fortunate to have such impressive surroundings but we are proud that, by the time a family leaves from that first visit, it is the creative, energetic atmosphere and the warmth of our community that stays in their minds.

We’re not afraid to be ambitious or to have high standards; these traits are fundamental to our desire to spark a lifelong love of learning and to equip our pupils with the knowledge and skills they need to realise their dreams.

Whether they are improving their teamwork on the sports field, stepping outside their comfort zone on an expedition or taking to the stage to wow an audience, our pupils learn as much outside the classroom as within it. As they prepare for life in a complex world, this genuinely rounded, modern education equips them with the emotional intelligence, flexibility and resilience they need to thrive.

At the heart of St John’s is a much-loved house system. Our houses form the pastoral foundation of our community and foster a deep sense of belonging, while also creating countless opportunities for competition, fun, friendship and a lot of laughter. The strength of relationships – between peers, year groups, pupils and staff – is characterised by an understanding that respect and responsibility work both ways. Underpinning all of this, in everything we do, we aim to be kind.

When St John’s opened its doors in 1851, it was to provide education for the sons of the poor clergy. Much has changed since then – not least that we are co-educational from 11-18 – but the School’s motto: quae sursum sunt quaerite (“seek those things which are above”) remains a guiding principle and the spiritual and moral lessons we reflect on in Chapel have a meaningful role to play.

11+ and 13+ Assesses
Maths, English, Online Abilities Assessment

Admissions contact
Boys / Co-Ed / Girls

Boarding and Day School

Age range

11-18 years

Type of exam

Informal remote interview
Written paper in English and Maths and online CAT test measuring Verbal,Numerical and non-verbal ability.
Informal remote interview
Written paper in English and Maths and online CAT test measuring Verbal,Numerical and non-verbal ability.
Conditional on GCSE results
Typically requiring a minimum of grade 6 at GCSEs in English Language and Maths.

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