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The John Lyon School: parents’ guide to Year 7 entry

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Jan 31, 2023, 2:09 PM

The John Lyon School: a parents’ guide to Year 7 entry


The John Lyon School is an independent day school for children aged 3 to 18 located in Harrow-on-the-Hill in North West London. Traditionally boys-only, the school became fully co-educational with the introduction of girls in 2021.

The John Lyon School has a clear set of values that are woven into school life and the admissions process. Pupils are encouraged to be ambitious, achieve excellence in their endeavours, innovate, resolve and recover from adversity, take pride in the school’s history, look after each other and the local community, develop an enquiring mind and be creative and imaginative.

The school recognises the challenges that pupils face when they leave education and has launched the Dillon Diploma in response. Named after the school’s first female teacher, the Dillon Diploma is taught from Year 7 to Year 9 and comprises six key modules: school values, academic studies, computer driving license, PSCHE, reading and leadership.

Pupils at The John Lyon School achieve excellent results in public examinations. Last year, half of all A level students achieved A*–A in their exam results and 62% of GCSE grades were A*/A/9/8/7. Science is strong at the school; half of all GCSE science papers were graded the very top scores of 9 and 8, while sixth form leavers went on to study undergraduate degrees including Chemistry and Oxford and Medicine at Imperial.

Key information for The John Lyon School

  • Head: Miss Katherine Haynes

  • Address: The John Lyon School, Middle Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, HA2 0HN

  • London Borough: Harrow

  • Admissions contact: Mrs Rebecca Davies – [email protected], 020 8515 9488

  • Age range and gender: 3–18 (co-educational)

  • Number of pupils: 837

  • Number of places in Year 7: Undisclosed

  • Ratio of applicants to places: Undisclosed

  • Open day date: Wednesday 28th September and Wednesday 12th October 2022. Book a place online.

  • Overview of selection procedure: Entrance exam, school report and group activity and discussion

  • Registration opens: Currently open – apply online

  • Registration closes: Friday 11th November 2022

  • Assessment date: 16th/21st/23rd/28th November 2022

  • Scholarship assessment date: January 2023

The John Lyon School fees and financial assistance

The current school fees at The John Lyon School are £6,637 per term (£19,911 per year). This includes tuition and school lunches. Other mandatory charges are personal accident insurance cover (£6 per term), Old Lyonian/Alumni subscription (£49 per term) and a school-managed device (approximately £625).

The John Lyon School is committed to widening access for local families who could not otherwise afford the fees to benefit from the school’s education. The school provides a small number of means-tested bursaries each year to pupils who demonstrate exceptional talent and potential. There are two types of bursaries available for Year 7 entry:

  • John Lyon’s Charity awards: These are available for pupils who live in the nine boroughs that make up the beneficial area of John Lyon’s Charity: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster and the City of London. Awards are made to pupils from families who will need assistance of between 75% and 100% off fees and who have lived within a qualifying borough for three years.

  • John Lyon School awards: These bursaries are funded by the school and there is no restriction on where the family resides. The value can range from 10% to 100% depending on a family’s financial circumstances.

As a guide, a family with a combined disposable income of less than £20,000 may be eligible for an award of up to 100% (families with a combined gross income of more than £100,000 may not qualify for support).

The John Lyon School also awards scholarships to pupils who are exceptionally talented in a particular subject. All scholarships normally provide remission of 5% of the tuition fees per year:

  • Academic Scholarships

  • Art Scholarships

  • Drama Scholarships

  • Music Scholarships

  • Sport Scholarships

  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Art) Scholarships

The John Lyon School term dates

The term dates at The John Lyon School for 2022–23 are:

  • Autumn term: 2nd September – 14th December 2022

  • Half term: 17th – 28th October 2022

  • Spring term: 5th January – 24th March 2023

  • Half term: 13th – 17th February 2023

  • Summer term: 18th April – 7th July 2023

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June 2023

Admissions process for Year 7 entry to The John Lyon School

If you would like to register your child for Year 7 entry to The John Lyon School for 2023, you will need to complete the online registration form and pay the non-refundable registration fee of £125 before the deadline on Thursday 11th November 2022. This is the same deadline for bursary and scholarship applications.

The John Lyon School will contact your child’s current school to request a confidential reference. All registered 11 plus candidates will then be invited to the 11 plus assessment day (consisting of an exam and a group discussion) at The John Lyon School on one of the following dates:

  • Wednesday 16th November 2022

  • Monday 21st November 2022

  • Wednesday 23rd November 2022

  • Monday 28th November 2022

If your child is applying for a scholarship, there will be additional steps in the admissions process:

  1. Submit the relevant scholarship application form from The John Lyon School’s website before Thursday 11th November 2022. Note that all candidates are automatically considered for an Academic Scholarship – no separate application is required.

  2. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment day, which will take place in January 2023 (the exact date will be communicated to those who have registered).

The John Lyon School 11 plus exam

The John Lyon 11 plus exam consists of three parts:

English exam

Children will take a paper-based English test consisting of comprehension questions based on a written passage (either fiction or non-fiction) and a creative writing task.

The content of the comprehension is aimed at the level of a confident Year 6 pupil. The John Lyon School will assess candidates on their basic spelling and grammar skills, their comprehension ability, their current creativity and their creative potential.

Maths exam

The 11 plus maths exam at The John Lyon School requires knowledge of all topics from the Key Stage 2 maths national curriculum. This will be a non-calculator paper test.

Candidates will be assessed on their current maths level and their problem-solving potential. The best candidates will be able to show clear and concise working to reach their answers.

Group activity and discussion

Children will also take part in a group activity on the same day. These are not academic tests, but an opportunity for The John Lyon School to see how prospective pupils can respond to problems and work through them. Children will be assessed on their ‘teachability’ and what they will add to the school community.

They will also be asked to discuss an academic topic (potentially based on current affairs) within their group. This is an opportunity for your child to talk about their interest and aspirations and ask questions.

How to help your child prepare for the selection process at The John Lyon School

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