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.

And as of September 2021, girls as well as boys will be welcomed as new pupils to John Lyon.

Visit John Lyon on a School in Action Tour

See the School on a regular working day, meet pupils and staff, and ask any question you may have.


Key Dates

Friday 15th October 2021Closing date for 11+ and 13+ registrations for entry in September 2022
Friday 15th October 2021Closing date for 11+ and 13+ Music, Sport, STEAM and Drama Scholarship applications for entry in September 2022
Friday 15th October 2021Closing date for 11+ and 13+ bursary applications for entry in September 2022
Monday 8th – Tuesday 20th November 2021Scholarship assessments
Monday 31st January 2022Closing date for 16+ registrations for entry in September 2022

Open Days and 2022 Entry

Details of upcoming open days for entry to the School in September 2022 will be published soon.

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. 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.

At John Lyon we pride ourselves in our welcoming and helpful approach to admissions, for pupils 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.

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 do not hesitate to get in touch with our Senior Registrar, Rebecca Davies.

020 8515 9443

The school is academically selective, but here the term ‘potential’ is not just rhetoric. All applicants are interviewed by senior staff (at 13, all by the head), with the intention of snuffling out ‘those happy to be busy, active and willing to push themselves’.

The Good Schools Guide


The Spring Term 2021 edition of The Standard, the John Lyon School magazine



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