Occasional places

Welcome to our Occasional Places Admissions page. Your application journey starts here 

Occasional Places are spaces available into non-formal entry points or joining a Year group mid-year.  

From time-to-time, Occasional Places become available throughout the academic year. This can be due to space being available in certain Year groups, where cohorts are not full. Sometimes a change in circumstances, such as a family relocation, can free up a place. 

Please contact the Admissions office before registering your child for an Occasional Place. You can email us at [email protected] with your child’s details, including full name, age, current school and your contact details. 

Visit us

Most families begin their educational journey with us by attending one of our open mornings: Meet the Head (Prep School) or School in Action (Senior School). Our open mornings offer you a firsthand glimpse into our School’s ethos, values and educational philosophy. You will also have the opportunity to speak with pupils and staff, including members of our Senior Leadership Team and Admissions department. 

Open Days


Registration is the next step for families who wish for their child to be considered for a place at John Lyon. 

A registration fee is payment towards the administration of your child’s application and their entrance examinations. This fee is non-refundable. When completing your online registration form, you will be asked to upload a copy of your child’s passport and their latest School report.  


Entrance Examinations

Entry into non-standard years or mid-year is by assessment and interview. 

Pre-Prep Admissions 

Entries to Year 1 and Year 2

Families looking for a place in Key Stage 1 are invited to spend the morning at school to meet potential classmates and explore the School. Your child will complete a reading, writing and maths assessment in a classroom environment with a designated member of Pre-Prep staff. Each child is given an opportunity to play with other children and engage in conversation. 

If a place is not immediately available, you may be offered the opportunity to join a waiting list. 

Prep Admissions 

Entries to Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6

Children joining the School in Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 will be assessed in English and Mathematics and will take an online Cognitive Abilities Test. This test is designed to look into areas such as reasoning, perception, memory, verbal and mathematical ability, and problem solving. 

If a place is not immediately available, you may be offered the opportunity to join a waiting list. 

Senior School Admissions 

Entries to Year 8 and Year 10 

Children joining the School in Year 8 will be assessed in English and Mathematics and will be interviewed by the Academic Head (Admissions).  

Children joining the School in Year 10 will be assessed in English, Mathematics, French/ Spanish, Science and Latin (if they have chosen Latin as their GCSE option). As we follow the IGCSE curriculum, we will also consider the availability of GCSE subject options at John Lyon already chosen by your child at their current school in Year 9.  

To access the subject options offered at John Lyon please click here.

If a place is not immediately available, you may be offered the opportunity to join a waiting list. 

School Reference 

We request a confidential reference from your child’s current school as part of our Admissions process.  

Offers and Acceptances 

If an offer of a place is made and you wish to accept your child’s place, you will be asked to read our Terms & Conditions, complete the Confirmation of Acceptance form and pay the Confirmation of Acceptance fee. There may be some additional forms to complete, depending on the year and type of entry. These will be included along with your offer letter. The Confirmation of Acceptance fee is refundable when your child leaves the School. 

Full terms and conditions are set out in the Parent Contract and Annual Update of Fees and Optional Extras, which are both available on request from our Admissions team. 

Admission fees

Registration fee £150
Confirmation of Acceptance fee £1,000 (UK Resident)
£3,000 (Overseas resident)


Frequently Asked Questions