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St John’s College, Southsea, 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information


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St John’s College is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school located in Southsea, Hampshire. Founded by the De La Salle Brothers in 1908, the school owns 40 acres of sports grounds and has enjoyed some notable sporting successes in recent years. 


Subjects offered to Seniors cover art, art textiles, business studies, computing, design technology, drama, English, geography, history, mathematics, MFL, music, physical education, religious studies, biology, chemistry and physics. The impressive range of co-curricular activities includes Drama Tech Club, LAMDA, Science STEAM Club, Magic Club, Robotics Club and Debating Society.


The community spirit at St John’s, characterised by genuinely positive relationships between students and staff, is considered vital for the success of the school. In line with the motto Per laborem ad Honorem (Through work to honour), pupils engage in academic and after-class activities with the determination to reach the maximum of their potential and meet in this way the school’s high standards of education.


St John’s College, Southsea, 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information


Address: Grove Road South, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3QW

County: Hampshire

Admissions info: or 023 9281 5118

School type: Independent, co-ed day and boarding school 

Number of students: 460 (approx.)

Open day: TBC

11+ Exam date: January of Year 6

11+ Exam type / Board: School’s own


Open Events for St John’s College, Southsea, 11 Plus (11+) Entry


Open Mornings allow families to hear from the Head, take a pupil-led tour of the campus, meet with the teaching staff and House Parents for coffee and visit Boarding Houses.


Private tours and individual appointments can be arranged with the Admissions Registrar at any time. Alternatively, they can be booked using an online form.


St John’s College, Southsea, 11 Plus (11+) Admissions


To join St John’s at 11+, your child will be asked to sit an entrance assessment and attend an interview. Reports/references from their current school will also be requested.


Following successful performance in all key stages of the admission process, you may receive a formal, written offer of a place, to be accepted by paying a non-refundable deposit.


St John’s College, Southsea, 11 Plus (11+) Scholarships and Bursaries


All Year 7 applicants will be considered for an Academic Scholarship. Top-performing pupils will be invited for further assessments, comprising Maths and English papers, as well as a short interview. The report from their current school will also be taken into consideration. 


Music Scholarship applicants should be at (min.) Grade 3 level in at least one instrument by the time they have completed Year 6. Applications for this award should include at least one reference from a teacher and a summary of their musical experience/portfolio. There will be a short interview with the Head of Music, too.


The school also awards Art, Performing Arts and Sports Scholarships. Art Scholarship applicants will be expected to demonstrate aptitude and ability in various media, including drawing, painting and 3D work. Performing Arts scholarships are awarded to talented actors and actresses on the basis of reference, an audition and interview with the Head of Drama.


Sports Scholarships applicants will be invited to meet with the school’s Director of Sports for an interview and practical assessment.


Candidates applying for awards will be expected to achieve a minimum level in the Entrance Assessment, fulfill the requirements set out by the school and apply by the deadline in late January of the year preceding entry.


Means-tested bursaries, valued at up to 50% of fees, are awarded to families in need of financial assistance. They are reviewed annually and may vary in value.


The school will take into consideration your savings, investments and realisable assets, as well as your income, the size of the family, etc.


St John’s College, Southsea, 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format


The St John’s College, Southsea, 11+ exam consists of the following papers:


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning


The English paper examines both comprehension and writing skills, including inference, spelling, vocabulary and punctuation. Marks will be awarded for good use of imagination, creativity, form, purpose, organisation, cohesion and sentence structure.


The maths exam assesses your child’s problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills. The paper may include questions on number, measurement, geometry, algebra and statistics.


The Non-Verbal Reasoning paper measures their ability to understand, interpret and problem-solve, testing logic and intelligence rather than knowledge. 


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the St John’s College, Southsea, 11+ entrance examination.


How to Prepare for the St John’s College, Southsea, 11 Plus (11+) Exam


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With the help of our practice tests, you will be able to calm any potential nerves and stress from the preparation process through a carefully thought-out revision plan that focuses on studying ‘little and often’, and thus transform the entire preparation process into a more pleasant experience.


Such a methodical and structured approach towards preparation includes making a habit of responding to questions quickly and effectively, under time pressure.


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NOTE: The following English and Mathematics practice tests are in standard format, which means that students need to write in their own answers rather than choose from a list of multiple-choice options. This matches the 11+ Exam format used by the school.



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Non-Verbal Reasoning


To develop your child’s Non-Verbal Reasoning abilities ahead of the St John’s College, Southsea, 11+ entrance examination, we suggest that you make use of the following pack that covers all of the key question types:


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