St John’s Beaumont is a Roman Catholic boys’ day and boarding school and accepts boys from 3 to 13 years. Priority is given to boys who are baptized Roman Catholic although boys of other faiths are warmly welcomed if it is evident that they would benefit from a Christian education and contribute positively to the ethos of the school.
The usual points of entry are into Nursery from 3 years of age, Reception (aged 4 years), Year 3 (aged 7 years) and Year 7 (aged 11 years) although boys may be admitted into other year groups if a space is available.
Upon first enquiry, parents are warmly invited to tour the school either by attending one of our open mornings or one of our regular school tours. Both opportunities aim to provide visitors with an authentic flavour of a normal day at St John’s.
The next step is registration and on receipt of a completed form together with a non-refundable registration fee of £80 the boy’s name is added to our lists for possible entry and families are invited to an interview with the Headmaster.
Following this meeting, prospective pupils for pre-prep, Nursery to Year 2, are invited for a taster morning/day which will include an informal assessment by the respective class teacher. This assessment is designed to place each boy at ease and allow us to observe him in as natural environment as possible. We are eager to see how each boy learns, meets new challenges and interacts socially with boys of his own age. Prospective pupils for Years 3-5 will be invited to spend the day with their peer group and undertake an in-class Maths and English assessment. Older boys entering into Years 6 to 8 will also sit English & Maths assessments as well as a series of CAT tests prior to spending the remainder of the day in class with their peers, again allowing us the opportunity to see how they interact with their peers and respond to new challenges and opportunities.
The School would, in almost all cases, expect to inform parents of our decision within 2 days of their assessment day.
Once a formal offer of a place has been made, parents are required to confirm acceptance by completing an acceptance form and forwarding a non-returnable deposit of £500 (day boys and boarders whose parents are resident in the United Kingdom) or a charge equivalent to one terms fees (boarders whose parents are resident outside of the United Kingdom). In all cases, this deposit will be deducted from the boy’s final term’s fee.
Overseas candidates are invited to sit the UKiset overseas pupil assessment at a local testing centre and will be invited for Headmaster’s interview either at the school or via Skype.
The purpose of the UKiset test is to ensure candidates are able to access the curriculum and have a satisfactory level of spoken and written English. St John’s Beaumont is not purely an academically selective school, however our selection process is designed to identify boys who will benefit from our balanced and well-rounded education and who will also make a positive contribution to the wider life of the school.
Other factors that will be taken into consideration are:
If a boy requires any learning support needs, the School must be made aware prior to assessment to ensure the boy’s needs can be met within its planned resources.
Under its constitution, the School has a duty to preserve and maintain its Roman Catholic character and mission. It is a condition that all boys and parents respect and support the Roman Catholic nature of the school and its rights and rituals. In particular, pupils must attend all religious education classes, religious services, assemblies and other occasions of worship