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.

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. Boys also come to us from outside Greater London – from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

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

You are also very welcome at our Open Evening held in May, and our Open Day in September.

If you would like to know more, or have a specific question please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Registrar, Rebecca Davies.
020 8515 9443

Key Dates 2018-2019

Deadline for Entrance, Scholarship and Bursary Applications
For entry into the School in September 2019
Wednesday 31st October 2018

Entrance Examinations
11+ | 13+ Entrance Examination Day – Thursday 10th January 2019 (all day)

Scholarship Assessments
11+  Sports Scholarship – Wednesday 28th November 2018, 9.00am – 1.00pm
13+ Sports Scholarship – Thursday 29th November 2018, 9.00am – 1.00pm

11+ | 13+ Music Scholarship – Tuesday 27th November 2018, 9.00am – 12.30pm

11+ | 13+ Drama Scholarship – Monday 19th November 2018, 8.50 – 10.50am

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 on admissions
The Good Schools Guide on John Lyon

Thank you for the great experience that you have given our son, and you have certainly won us over based on how happy he was after the test day.

A prospective 11+ parent after the 2018 Entrance Examination Day

Thank you for providing such a positive day for the boys yesterday. They have returned to school this morning full of beans, with smiles on their faces and using words like ‘so fun’ and ‘really great day’.

A prep school head following the 2018 Entrance Examination Day

Following the 11+ test day, my son was elated and in very high spirits talking about every aspect of the day on the journey home. In particular, he mentioned how much he enjoyed the group exercise and interacting with his peers.

A prospective 11+ parent after the 2018 Entrance Examination Day

John Lyon is a leading independent 11 – 18 boys’ day school, based in the picturesque Harrow-on-the-Hill in north west London.

The School is a member of HMC, ISC and is reviewed in the Good Schools Guide.

Pupils typically join John Lyon in Years 7, 9 and 12, largely from a catchment area including 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 parts of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.