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.

Miss Katherine Haynes, Head

John Lyon pupils largely come from northwest 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. 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+.


Admissions Team

Rebecca Davies, Senior Registrar

Amrita Singh, Assistant Registrar

Nishma Aleksin-Shah, Prep School Registrar












Key Dates for 2023 Entry

Closing date for 11+ and 13+ registration Friday 11 November 2022,
completed registration forms must be received at the School by 4pm
Closing date for bursary and scholarship applications Bursary and scholarship applications for September 2023 entry are now closed.
11+ exam dates  Applicants will be invited on one of the following days:
Wednesday 16, Monday 21, Wednesday 23, Monday 28 November 2022
13+ exam date Monday 5 December 2022
13+ sports scholarship assessment Monday 9 January 2023
11+/13+ STEAM scholarship assessment Tuesday 10 January 2023
11+ sports scholarship assessment Wednesday 11 January 2023
11+ and 13+ music scholarship assessment Thursday 12 January 2023
11+ and 13+ drama scholarship assessment Friday 13 January 2023
11+and 13+ art scholarship assessment Monday 16 January 2023
Closing date for 16+ registration Tuesday 31 January 2023
16+ exam date March 2023 (date tbc)
11+ and 13+ offers posted
(this includes bursary and scholarship offers)
Thursday 9 February 2023
Final date for acceptance of all 13+ offers Thursday 23 February 2023
Final date for acceptance of all 11+ offers Friday 3 March 2023

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 email our Admissions department at [email protected] or call on 020 8515 9443 or 020 8515 9488.