St John's College (Portsmouth)

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St John's College
Crest of st johns.jpg
Motto Per Laborem Ad Honorem
(Through work to honour)
Established 1908
Type Independent day and boarding
Religion Roman Catholic
Headmaster Graham Best
Chairman of Governors Tim Forer
Location Grove Road South
England Coordinates: 50°47′18″N 1°05′09″W / 50.7882°N 1.0858°W / 50.7882; -1.0858
DfE number 851/6001
Students 660~
Gender Co-educational
Ages 2–18
Former pupils Old Johannians

St John's College is an independent Catholic day and boarding school in Southsea near Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. It was founded by the De La Salle brothers and remains under their trusteeship.[1]


St John's was founded in 1908 by the De La Salle Brothers as a boys' school. It moved to its current site in 1914. During the post-World War II years, under the Education Act 1944, it was one of four direct grant grammar schools in Hampshire. When the scheme was abolished during the 1970s it applied to join the state system but was refused.[2][3] Instead, the school became independent and has remained so ever since. Following a trend set by many independent boys' schools, girls were admitted into the sixth form in 1971. It did not became fully coeducational until 1996.


St John's is split in to three sections; a junior school (with nursery) for children aged between 2 and 11, an upper (secondary) school for children 11 to 16, and a Sixth Form College for students studying for their A-Levels (or equivalent).

St John's structures its years into a house system. For the senior school, currently there are four houses: Leo, Edwin, Alan and Damian in the Upper School all named for notable Brothers who have served as Headmaster over the years. In the lower school they have different names for the houses including: Castle, Woodeliegh, St Annes and School. The school fosters this system encouraging intra-house activities such as house 5-a-side matches and house based competitions. Points from each of these are tallied and at the end of each academic year a trophy is awarded to the house with the highest score. A similar system exists on the academic side with the Warren Trophy.


St John's ex-students formed the Old Johannian Society in 1919. Currently its members run to around 200. Subscriptions are paid at £10 per annum, which pays for the club's postage and allows for its publications. The association runs several gatherings a year, notably the AGM and Dinner Held on the first Saturday after Easter, and a Golf tournament.[4]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  • Mike Robinson, noted aviation expert, military historian and author of The Battle of Quatre Bras'


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