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.

School in Action — dates in April and May

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


Key Dates

The deadline for 11+ and 13+ entry in September 2021 has now passed
The deadline for all bursary applications (11+, 13+) for enter in September 20201 has now passed
The deadline for all scholarship applications (11+, 13+) for enter in September 20201 has now passed 
Sunday 31st January 2021Deadline for 16+ (boys) registration for 2021 entry
Sunday 31st January 2021Deadline for 16+ bursary and scholarship applications for 2021 entry
Thursday 11th February 202111+ and 13+ offer letters posted by the School
Thursday 25th February 2021Deadline for acceptance of 13+ offers
Wednesday 3rd March 2021Deadline for acceptance of 11+ offers

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 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 Summer Term 2020 edition of The Standard, the John Lyon School magazine



The John Lyon School Prospectus



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