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 Christian
Principal Mr. 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 630
Gender Co-educational
Ages 2–18
Former pupils Old Johannians
Affiliation The Society of Heads and La Sallian educational institutions

St John's College is an independent Christian day and boarding school in Southsea, Hampshire, England. It was founded by the De La Salle brothers in 1908.[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 into four sections: a Junior School (with Little St John's Nursery) for children aged between 2 and 11; a Senior School for children 11 to 16; and a Sixth Form College for students studying for their A-Levels; and a Boarding School for children aged 9 to 18, from the UK and overseas.

St John's structures its years into a House system. For the Senior School, currently there are four houses: Leo, Edwin, Alan and Damian all named for notable Brothers who have served as Headmaster over the years. In the Junior School they have different names for the houses including: Castle, Woodleigh, St Anne's and School. The school fosters this system encouraging inter-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 Association in 1919. Currently its members run to around 200. Subscriptions are paid at £10 per annum, which pays for the association'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]

For more information on St John's College Alumni, please see: [1]


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