Scholarships & Bursaries
We are committed to widening access for local families, enabling the children of those who could not otherwise afford the fees to benefit from our all-round independent school education. 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 small 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. Separate applications are required for these awards and assessments are held at the end of November. Scholarships normally provide for between £500 and £2,000 of the tuition fees each year. They are reviewed annually.
John Lyon offers a broad education to pupils who aspire to achieve excellence in all they do.
As such, the admissions procedure is designed both to reveal applicants’ ability as well as to judge their 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.
John Lyon pupils largely come from North West London, in a triangle between the M4 to the south, M25 to the north and west, and M1 / A5 to the north and east. Boys also come to us from outside Greater London – from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.
At John Lyon we pride ourselves in our welcoming and helpful approach to admissions, for boys at 11+. 13+ and Sixth Form.
We understand that choosing a school can be a difficult process for both parents and pupils. The information on bursaries, scholarships, fees, examinations and registration provided in these pages should help guide you through the process.
You are also very welcome at our Open Evening held in May, and our Open Day in September.
If you would like to know more, or have a specific question please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Registrar, Rebecca Davies.
020 8515 9443