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.

Entrance Examination and Scholarship Assessment Update

Throughout the current pandemic, we have been fully committed to providing a Covid-secure setting for all our pupils, staff and visitors.

As such, the usual entrance exam and scholarship assessment programme for pupils entering the School in 2021 has been amended to allow for all registered pupils to be assessed on a single day in smaller groups, with a number of different days set aside for this purpose.

These assessments have also been brought forward from Early January to November 2020, as set out in the Key Dates table below.

The deadline for 11+ applications has been extended until Monday 30th November. We encourage early applications where possible — allotted entrance examination dates will be communicated to parents soon after their application form is received.

The deadline for 13+ applications is Saturday 31st October and all 13+ examinations will be held on Monday 30th November.

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in September, October and November School in Action sessions – INFORMATION AND REGISTER
Saturday 31st October 2020 Deadline for 13+ (boys) registration for 2021 entry
Saturday 31st October 2020 Deadline for 11+ and 13+ bursary and scholarship applications for 2021 entry
Thursday 12th November Sport Scholarship assessments for 13+
Monday 16th November – Wednesday 2nd December 11+ Entrance Examinations and interviews
Each registered 11+ (Year 7) child will be allocated a single date within this 2-week window to attend John Lyon to sit their English and Mathematics exams, and interview.
Thursday 19th November Music Scholarship assessments for 11+ and 13+
Thursday 19th November STEAM Scholarship assessments for 11+ and 13+
Friday 20th November Drama Scholarship assessments for 11+ and 13+
Thursday 26th November Sport Scholarship assessments for 11+
Monday 30th November 2020 Deadline for 11+ (boys and girls) registration for 2021 entry
Monday 30th November 2020 13+ Entrance Examinations and interviews.
A single date for all 13+ (Year 9) pupils to attend John Lyon to sit their English, Mathematics, Science and French exams, and interview.
Sunday 31st January 2021 Deadline for 16+ (boys) registration for 2021 entry
Sunday 31st January 2021 Deadline for 16+ bursary and scholarship applications for 2021 entry

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 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’.

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