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The John Lyon School

The John Lyon School

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

020 8515 9443



The John Lyon School
School type Co-educational Day
Founded 1876
Head Miss Katherine Haynes
Date Appointed September 2009
Boys Age Range 11-18 years
Number of pupils 600
Year 7 to Lower Sixth £6,637 per term (including lunch costs)
Upper Sixth £6,393 per term
Average Class Size 18
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:10
Associations HMC, ISC

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

2021-2022 marks the beginning of coeducation at John Lyon, with girls joining the School for the first time in our 145-year history. We also now offer an all-through education from Nursery, aged 2 1/2 to A-Level, aged 18, thanks to our coming together with Quainton Hall School in central Harrow, which now becomes John Lyon's Prep School.

Academic Excellence

Academic excellence is at the very heart of what the 600 pupils who study here seek to achieve. Pupils' academic standards and personal development were both rated the highest possible Excellent-Excellent in our recent school inspection.

The curriculum sits at the centre of every working day. 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, pupils perform well from the point they join and achieve excellent results in public examinations at GCSE and A-Level. Most 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 pupil also gains from time spent outside the classroom. In particular, there is a strong reputation for Music, Art, Drama and Sport. Add to this an exciting co-curricular timetable focusing on each pupil'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 children.


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.

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 academic ability, as well as containing elements we use to learn about character and potential. 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.

Children in Year 6 at Quainton Hall School, newly John Lyon’s Prep School, are offered an unconditional place at John Lyon in Year 7.

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. 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. 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, Art and STEAM.