Year 10 Class 1: Competition results

We’re delighted to announce the winners of this year’s first Pre-GCSE Inspire competitions! Click here to explore the fantastic entries we received…

Access and Admissions – summer update

Despite the suspension of all face-to-face access and admissions activity at St John’s in March 2020, the Access and Admissions team has continued to work hard throughout the lockdown, providing information, advice and dedicated digital resources to students and teachers across the UK.

Inspire Virtual Summer Schools in review

Following last week’s Virtual Summer Schools on the Inspire Programme, we are excited to announce the winners of last week’s Year 9 and Year 12 competitions!

Inspire Virtual Summer Schools

One of the highlights of our year at St John’s College is our Inspire Programme summer schools – and this year they are happening virtually! Click here to learn more.

Mentoring for Offer Holders

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a new mentoring scheme for our offer holders! Click here to find out more.

Virtual Open Days

We were delighted to host our first ever Virtual Open Days on 1-2 July 2020. Find out how you can still access the Virtual Open Day here!

Support for offer holders now online

Our tutors have put together some voluntary reading and other work so that offer holders have a chance to get a flavour of their subject before beginning their course.

Year 9 Class 3: Competition results

Congratulations to the winners of our third set of competitions on the Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme! Take a look at the winning entries here…

Year 9 Class 2: Competition results

Congratulations to the winners of our second set of competitions in the Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme! Click here to see their fantastic work.

St John’s Library opens virtually

The St John’s College Library team have put together a series of activities that allow you to engage with the St John’s collections in new and exciting ways…

Inspire team coordinates two pairs of Aspiration Days

As part of our Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme, currently running in 24 non-selective state schools in Ealing and Harrow, our Access & Outreach team have recently coordinated two full-day Aspiration Days per borough running on weekends, allowing pupils enrolled on the programme to get creative and explore new subjects in depth.

A new and improved home for access on the St John’s website

St John’s is proud of its commitment to recruiting the best students possible, regardless of background. Our Access and Outreach Officers, tutors and wonderful student ambassadors work with schools and colleges to encourage and support students considering applying to Oxford—and now you can see more of this work than ever before on our new and improved pages on the St John’s College website!

Inspire Year 11: Class 3

How time has flown—it’s already time for the final class in this year’s Inspire course for Year 11! Last time we considered the role volcanoes played in the demise of the dinosaurs, learned about geographical records left by volcanic eruptions and much more. Today we turn from the science of volcanoes to the creative works…

Announcing Access Travel Awards

Keen to come to an event at St John’s but unable to afford the travel costs? We’re excited to launch a new travel award for attendees at St John’s access events.

Exciting developments in the Inspire Programme during Michaelmas 2019

Michaelmas Term has been an exciting and busy time in the Access & Outreach Office at St John’s! In addition to launching our very own Twitter account and growing our Instagram presence, our Inspire programme has grown bigger and better than ever this term.  Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme Our innovative pre-GCSE Inspire Programme launched in October…

Inspire Year 11: Class 2 materials released

After digging through Roman trade documents, dinner party wares and petrified library scrolls in Class 1 of our Year 11 Inspire course in early January, we’re now excited to release Class 2! This time we will consider the role volcanoes played in the demise of the dinosaurs. We’ll learn about the geographical records that volcanic…

Year 12 Study Day applications are open!

Applications are open for our upcoming Study Days! Study Days at St John’s offer high-achieving Year 12 students at non-selective state schools an opportunity to experience higher level study in their chosen subject.

We have a new Twitter account!

Agnes the Access Lamb is coming to a Twitter near ewe… We’re excited to announce that we have a brand new Access & Outreach Twitter account! Follow us for updates on study days, open days, school visits and the Inspire Programme, as well as opportunities in the wider world of Oxford: You can also still…

Inspire Year 11: Class 1 materials released

We hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season and New Year’s! Today we are excited to release the first class materials for our Year 11 Inspire Programme. This year we’re considering the question “What is the power of a volcano?” In this class we learn how to engage with primary sources and historical materials in…

Year 11: Introduction to the course

We are delighted to welcome 578 pupils onto the St John’s Inspire Programme for Year 11! Click the link below for an introduction to the course. Over the next few months we will be sending you class materials via email from, so please make sure you add this address to your email contacts so…

Inspire Year 11 Launch

St John’s is excited to launch the Year 11 Inspire Programme for 2019-20! Find out more about the programme and how to sign up here.

Degree Day – 14th September 2019

Below is a selection of photos from the Degree Day held at St John’s on 14th September 2019. Congratulations to all of our students who graduated at this ceremony – and welcome to our alumni community! If you would like a photo or photos removed from this gallery, please contact Please provide the identification…

Year 12 & 13 Theology Study Day

This October, St John’s is holding a Theology Study Day for KS5 students and their teachers on Saturday 5th October. The Study Day is open to all UK students currently studying in Year 12 or 13 (or equivalent). Study days give pupils a taste of what it is like to live and study as an…

Successful Open Days at St John’s

We were delighted to welcome over 5000 visitors to St John’s on 3rd and 4th July for the first Open Days of 2019. Prospective students, along with their parents and carers, were taken on tours of the college with our brilliant Student Ambassadors, had the chance to sample lunch in Hall, and also met our…

Progress on Access and Admissions

The President of St John’s College, Professor Maggie Snowling, wrote about an exciting Summer term for access and admissions at Oxford: I have had the privilege of chairing the Admissions Committee on behalf of the collegiate University as well as the working group developing major initiatives to enable Oxford to reach the stretching targets required…

St John’s College’s first ever study day in Maths

On Saturday 18th May 2019, we were delighted to welcome 61 Year 12 students from state schools across the UK. The day began with a talk about Oxford admissions given by Alexander Lawrence from the college’s Access and Outreach team. Afterwards, Mathematics tutors Dr David Seifert and Dr Tom Crawford discussed the MAT test, which…

‘Mythology in the Ancient World’ at the Classics Study Afternoon

On 25th April, 58 school pupils all the way from Scotland to the South Coast of England came to St John’s to enjoy our annual Classics Study Afternoon. All of the students had entered the annual St John’s Classics & Ancient History Essay Competition, which is open to all students currently studying in Year 12…

St John’s College launches innovative pre-GCSE Inspire Programme

St John’s is excited to announce the creation of a new in-depth programme aimed at highly-able, pre-GSCE state school students in the College’s link regions of Ealing and Harrow. It will launch in September 2019 for 40 teachers and 400 students at the start of Year 9 (13-year-olds) and will run until the end of…

Lively Autumn Term for St John’s Access and Outreach Office

Members of the Access and Outreach Office at St John’s College have had a brilliant start to the academic year, having either run or attended a total of 24 events both at St John’s and at schools and colleges across the linked regions of East Sussex, West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Ealing and Harrow. Not…

A hands-on Theology Study Day

On Saturday 6th October, Professor Katherine Southwood and the St John’s Access and Outreach team hosted a Theology Study Day for students from a variety of backgrounds. The Theology Study Day offered A-Level students an insight into the Theology course at the University of Oxford and focused primarily on biblical studies and religious literacy, with…