The John Lyon School

The John Lyon School

Day London

Founded in 1876 as an Independent day school for local Harrow boys The John Lyon School is one of the top independent day schools for boys in the UK. JLS prides itself on a broad yet balanced curriculum and ability to tailor an education to meet the individual needs of students. The John Lyon ethos is to treat every boy as an individual, strive for academic excellence and provide outstanding pastoral care whilst offering a broad range of opportunities outside of the classroom.

Head Miss Katherine Haynes
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The John Lyon School has a total of 600 pupils, with 172 pupils in the Sixth Form.

600 Day Boys
(11- 18)

About The John Lyon School

The School provides education for just over 600 students from the ages of 11 to 18; it is a consistent academic achiever and is one of the best schools of its type in the country. Many John Lyons’ Boys go on to high-achieving universities with 80% achieving their first choice and more than 50% going on to Russell Group institutes to study academically challenging and competitive courses. Excellent results are due to both the outstanding teaching and the quality of students. What makes The John Lyon School unique is its’ size. Whilst most private schools cater for upwards of 1,000 students, the John Lyon School’s large teacher to student ratio ensures that students and teachers have a more heartfelt and engaged attitude towards each other, more akin to family than you would find in a larger School.


Apart from academic excellence, the school provides well-rounded and confident young men. It excels in sports, producing athletes who go on to perform at county or even professional level and enjoys very well appointed 25 acre Sports grounds nearby. For this reason, The John Lyon School is unique. It does not simply mould students into academic specialists; it creates real, rounded young men.


JLS provides a broad and balanced curriculum; academic achievement and strong co-curricular engagement go hand in hand. All boys who take 11+ or 13+ assessments each January are considered for Scholarships. Awards are also available to candidates of outstanding ability and potential in Sport, Music, Drama and Art. Means-tested bursaries are also considered.

The School’s Open Day takes place on Saturday 1st October 2016; more information is available from



The annual tuition fee is equally divided across the three terms and is payable on the first day of each term.  School fees are collected by direct debit or via the School Fee Payment Service.

The sum includes school lunch and the key textbooks for each subject. Extras such as examination fees, music lessons and some activities are charged termly. Lunch is an important part of the day where boys, teachers and visiting guests eat together, the fee includes school lunch for those in Year 7 through to Year 11. As Sixth Form students have the privilege of being able to leave School during lunchtime their lunches are not added to termly fees.  Sixth Formers who would like to eat School lunches have it charged to their bills at average cost price when they choose to eat at School.

The role of the Lyonian Association is embedded into daily School life, the association affords career advice, work shadowing opportunities, networking and social events; there is an obligatory fee per term of £46 for lifetime membership.

Scholarships & Bursaries

The John Lyon School (JLS) is committed to widening access for local families, enabling sons of those who could not otherwise afford the fees to benefit from a top-quality 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 boys in the parish. Each year, the School makes available significant levels of funding to support bursaries and scholarships at the 11+ and 13+ entry levels.

The closing date for receipt of all applications is 31st October in the year preceding the September of entry.


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Admissions Process

11+ selection is based upon a two-part examination lasting approximately 1½ hours and a separate interview prior to the examination. The first part is an on-line test, designed to identify potential rather than ‘taught’ skills. The on-line test consists of English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning. The second part of the examination is a short test of creative writing completed by hand. 

 13+ selection is based upon performance in our entrance examinations in Maths, English, French and Science and most importantly a personal interview with the Head.  We take special note of potential and achievement in music, the creative and performing arts as well as the capacity of any candidate to contribute fully to the extra-curricular life of the School. We look for potential and achievement in at least one major academic subject. Approximate intake is 40 boys at 13+


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