The academic curriculum is at the very heart of everything at John Lyon.

A School day is made up of six to eight periods, with lessons of either 40 or 60 minutes, depending on year group and subject.

This flexible curriculum means Heads of Department can tailor their subject time to the requirements of that subject and year group. It also means that ours is not an environment where bells mark the change of lessons.

Different year groups will follow different daily routines, boys are taught the importance of self-management and good timekeeping, and are entrusted to move themselves around the School site quietly and efficiently.

Results overall very solid, a reflection of the effort to instill self-discipline, hard work and high expectations. Parents believe the school gets the balance just right.

The Good Schools Guide

Years 7 and 8

In Years 7 and 8, pupils study:

MathematicsEnglishInformation and Communication Technology (ICT)FrenchSpanishLatin
GeographyHistoryReligious Studies / PhilosophyPhysical Education (PE)GamesReading

Year 9

In Year 9, pupils study:

MathematicsEnglishInformation and Communication Technology (ICT)BiologyChemistryPhysics
GeographyHistoryReligious Studies / PhilosophyPhysical Education (PE)GamesReading

And they choose five from:


*Languages dependent on previous experience

Years 10 and 11

In Years 10 and 11, pupils study:

English Language (IGCSE)English Literature (IGCSE)Mathematics (IGCSE)

And they choose six from:

Classical GreekComputer ScienceReligious Studies / PhilosophyFrenchSpanishLatin
Biology (IGCSE)Chemistry (IGCSE)Physics (IGCSE)ArtDramaMusic
Geography (IGCSE)History (IGCSE)Physical Education (PE)Games

Sixth Form

In the Sixth Form, students choose three or four from:

English LiteratureMathematicsFurther MathematicsLatinFrenchSpanish
BiologyChemistryPhysicsArtDrama and Theatre StudiesMusic
GeographyHistoryPhilosophyClassical GreekPoliticsEconomics
Business StudiesPsychologyComputer ScienceMusic TechnologyClassical Civilisations