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.

We became co-educational in 2021 and welcomed girls to John Lyon for the first time, starting at 11+ in Year 7. Since then we have seen an increase in the number of girls applying to the school, and we are delighted to confirm that from September 2023 girls will be able to join us at 13+.

Registration for September 2023 intake closes on Friday 11th November 2022, and we strongly encourage interested parents/guardians of both boys and girls to apply before the deadline.

Key Dates

Friday 11th November 2022Closing date for 11+ & 13+ registrations for entry in September 2023
Friday 11th November 2022Closing date for Bursaries & Scholarships for entry in September 2023
Wednesday 16th November 2022
Monday 21st November 2022
Wednesday 23rd November 2022
Monday 28th November 2022
11+ examination dates for entry in September 2023
Monday 5th December 202213+ examination date for entry in September 2023
January 2023 (dates tbc)Scholarship entrance exams for entry in September 2023

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 Admissions department.

020 8515 9488

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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