St John's College (Portsmouth)
|Motto||Per Laborem Ad Honorem
(Through work to honour)
|Type||Independent day and boarding|
|Chairman of Governors||Tim Forer|
|Location||Grove Road South
|Former pupils||Old Johannians|
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. 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 two sections, a junior school (with nursery) for children aged between 2 and 11 and an upper (secondary) school for children 11 and upwards. It also has 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.
Notable former pupils 
||This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability or notability policies. (February 2012)|
- Film director Anthony Minghella 
- The drummer Mike Hugg of the band Manfred Mann's Earth Band
- BBC newsreader George Alagiah 
- Former Black Rod Lieutenant General Sir Michael Willcocks
- Lawrence Prittipaul, former Hampshire county cricketer and holder of the highest SJC 20-over batting total
- Alastair Appleton, TV presenter
- Tomasz Schafernaker, BBC weather presenter
- Alfie Allen, actor and brother of Lily Allen & son of Keith Allen & Alison Owen
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain football player for Arsenal F.C.
- Steve Foster football player for Portsmouth F.C., Brighton & Hove Albion F.C., and England International
- Neil Hamilton, former MP, taught at St John's in the 1970s
- Mike Robinson Noted aviation expert, military historian and author of The Battle of Quatre Bras'
- A Christian School
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- "22 March 1978". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (House of Commons). 22 March 1978
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- "BBC Press Office: George Alagiah". Retrieved 2006-12-28. backup: http://www.webcitation.org/5Xw7SWb96