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.

Miss Katherine Haynes, Head

John Lyon pupils largely come from northwest London, in a triangle between the M4 to the south, M25 to the north and west, and M1 / A5 to the north and east. Our catchment area includes Harrow, Wembley, Stanmore, Pinner, Watford, Rickmansworth, Northwood, Ruislip, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, Ickenham, Northolt, Southall, Ealing, Acton, Edgware, Brent Cross, Finchley, Barnet, Camden, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, as well as other parts of Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. 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.

We became co-educational in 2021 and welcomed girls to John Lyon for the first time, starting at 11+ in Year 7. Since then we have seen an increase in the number of girls applying to the school, and we are delighted to confirm that from September 2023 girls will be able to join us at 13+.


Admissions Team

Rebecca Davies, Senior Registrar

Amrita Singh, Assistant Registrar

Nishma Aleksin-Shah, Prep School Registrar











Key Dates for 2023 Entry

Closing date for 11+ & 13+ registration11 November 2022
Closing date for Bursary and Scholarship Applications11 November 2022
11+ Exam Dates Applicants will be invited on one of the following days:

16, 21, 23, 28 November 2022

13+ Exam Date5 December 2022
11+ & 13+ Scholarship Exams January 2023 (date tbc)
Closing date for 16+ registration


31 January 2023
16+ Exam Date


March 2023 (date tbc)
11+ & 13+ Offers posted
This includes Bursary and Scholarship offers
9 February 2023
Final date for acceptance of all 13+ offers23 February 2023
Final date for acceptance of all 11+ offers3 March 2023

The information on bursaries, scholarships, fees, examinations and registration provided in these pages should help guide you through the process.

If you wish to know more about coeducation, please visit our new Coeducation Pages.

If you would like to know more, or have a specific question please email our Admissions department at or call on 020 8515 9443 or 020 8515 9488.