Discover more about life at John Lyon through blog posts written by pupils and teachers, on a range of topics and experiences.


It was truly an extraordinary book that I would highly recommend reading – The Grapes of Wrath book review

Year 9 pupil Madisan reviews Simon Mayo's 2012 debut novel, Itch.


We gained a deeper appreciation for the botanical art world

Kew Gardens was the destination for Year 10 artists in Autumn Term, including Krish Magar and Jai Davison


To those pursuing your dreams, be curious, courageous and strong.

Two years after leaving John Lyon, Usmaan Khan (OL2019) has secured the place at drama school that he always coveted. Here, he talks about how he turned rejection into success.


This book is one that is alluring and a real page turner — Itch book review

Year 9 pupil Madisan reviews Simon Mayo's 2012 debut novel, Itch.


“The tranquil sea is tempting me, but my life is at ease.” — Flash Fiction 2021

The winners of the John Lyon Flash Fiction 2021 competition, Rohan Thadi and Flynn Kendall, with stories of grief, and calm after chaos.


Happy, resilient pupils are more able to embrace opportunity and fulfil their potential

As the first half of Autumn Term draws to a close School Counsellor Mrs Laura Herman looks at happy, resilient pupils and how she is here to help both new and established pupils.


The concept of ‘sport for all’ plays a huge role in the life of John Lyon

In the face of countless changes to safety and best practice, John Lyon's Director of Sport, Mr Shane Cloete, looks at how the School's mantra of 'sport for all' will not be lost.


Remember, success comes when you earn it

At the start of a new School year after a full term of online learning from home, John Lyon Head Miss Katherine Haynes welcomed pupils back with an assembly watched online in classrooms across the School site.


Our term has ended, like the lockdown we have grown accustomed to.

Having spent a whole term learning from home, outgoing Deputy Head Boy Patrick Miles looks at the activities and achievements of Year 7 and 8 boys through lockdown.


An important lesson: Fear is an incompetent teacher

With no big farewell for this year's A-Level students, outgoing Head Boy Husain Abedi writes the speech he would have given at final assembly, focusing on the work of the Student Council, and wishes his best to the new Head Boy team.


La Peste could now be seen as a warning of things to come

Albert Camus’ novel La Peste has seen a huge increase in sales since lockdown began. Amongst those reading the classic 20th century novel was A-Level French student Daniel Wong, who writes about the book and the curious rise of ‘pestilence fiction’.


We reinforced our knowledge on the water and carbon cycles

Before the lockdown began in spring, Lower Sixth Geographers, including Bailey Allmey, made the short trip into the Chiltern Hills to learn more about water and carbon cycles through practical experiments.


Home is where the art is — John Lyon Lockdown Gallery

A collection of artworks from pupils and students in all years at John Lyon, created during the lockdown of Summer Term 2020.


John Lyon seems to have been ahead of the curve with Science education

John Lyon's new Head of Science, Mr Alex Kyles-Brown delves into the archives to see how Science education has been, and remains, important to School life.


“He looked into the eyes. They looked alive” — Flash Fiction 2020

The winners of the 2020 John Lyon Flash Fiction competition, Joshan Minhas and Husain Abedi, with stories of war and politics.


Once I started speaking in public, the words just came out without any effort

Speaking in public is a skill mastered by few and feared by many. Here, four pupil speakers at John Lyon's recent Talks-on-the-Hill lecture series, reflect on their experience.


It was such a great day that I would rate the Natural History Museum 100 out of 10

Spring Term started with a trip into London and back in time for our Year 7s, with the Natural History Museum the destination for a fun day of learning, as writes pupil Madisan Nimalathasan.


Both teams played hard and to the best of their ability

Water Polo success continues for John Lyon with both the U15s and U18s winning their latest tournament, reports Lower Sixth student Arav Bhatia.


We were amazed that we got to wear Indiana Jones’ hat!

Inspiration was tangible for Sixth Form student Jack Salter, as some of the most famous props in film history, including Indiana Jones' hat, came to John Lyon Union.


Whatever you enjoy, keep it up and chase the dream!

Year 7 pupil and accomplished dancer Harry Beynon talks about his love of dance, the opportunities it has given him and how he hopes to chase the dream.

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