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The John Lyon School

The John Lyon School

Middle Road, Harrow on the Hill, HA2 0HN, Middlesex

020 8515 9400



The John Lyon School
School type Boys' Day
Founded 1876
Head Miss Katherine Haynes
Date Appointed September 2009
Boys Age Range 11-18
Number of pupils 600
Years 7-11 £6,411 per term (including lunch costs)
Sixth Form £6,175 per term (excluding lunch costs)
Average Class Size 18
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:10
Associations HMC, ISC

John Lyon is an academically selective independent boys' day school, based in Harrow-on-the-Hill in North West London.

Academic excellence is at the very heart of what the School achieves for the 600 boys who study here and the curriculum is at the very heart of everything we do.

Pupils gain a good grounding in all the major academic subjects. Dedicated teachers work to develop learning skills, creativity and the ability to apply learning in all areas of life. Building on this platform, boys perform well from the point they join - whether at age 11, 13 or 16 - and achieve excellent results in public examinations at GCSE and A-Level.

Most students gain places at leading UK universities and then move on into the workplace in a huge and varied range of valued professions.

A John Lyon boy also gains from his time outside the classroom. In particular, there is a strong and growing reputation for Music, Art, Drama and Sport. Add to this an exciting Co-Curricular timetable focusing on each boy's sense of community, achievement and wellbeing, a range of more than 70 extra-curricular activities, and pastoral care that is second to none, John Lyon is a school designed to nurture high-achieving and happy boys.

Pupils typically join John Lyon from the London Boroughs of Harrow, Ealing, Brent, Hillingdon, Barnet, Camden, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea, as well as other parts of Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. The school is well-connected on the London Underground (Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines), as well as by Chiltern Railway services between Marylebone and Aylesbury / High Wycombe.


John Lyon offers a broad education to pupils who aspire to achieve excellence in all they do.

As such, the admissions process at John Lyon tests each boy's academic ability, as well as containing elements we use to learn about his character and to give us an insight into potential and 'teachability'.

We look to offer places to able young pupils who have a great attitude to learning combined with a desire to be the best that they can be.

Entry is based on a combination of examination and interview (for Years 7 and 9) and on GCSE results and interview for Year 12. Our tests do not contain 'trick' questions and we aim to create a level playing field to allow future John Lyon pupils to shine.

We understand that choosing a school can be a difficult process for both parents and pupils. At John Lyon we pride ourselves in our welcoming and helpful approach to admissions.

Bursaries and Scholarships

John Lyon is committed to widening access, enabling the children of those who could not otherwise afford the fees to benefit from our all-round independent school. This corresponds to the original intention of John Lyon, who, when he founded Harrow School in 1572, stated that he wished to provide an education for children in the parish. Each year, the School makes available a number of means-tested bursaries to pupils who demonstrate exceptional talent and potential.

All pupils who take the 11+ or 13+ examination in January will be considered for an Academic Scholarship. Their performance in the examination, their school reference and their interview will all be taken into consideration. Sixth Form Scholarships are awarded dependent on GCSE results. We also award a small number of Scholarships to candidates of outstanding ability and potential in Drama, Music and Sport.