New Oldfield House

Proposals for the next steps in the strategy to improve the teaching and learning environment at John Lyon.

What we are proposing
John Lyon School is proposing to deliver a state-of-the-art STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) centre of excellence.

The new building – New Oldfield House – would provide specialist teaching areas for STEAM subjects and create additional classroom space to enable the reconfiguration of the rest of the School, so each department can function as dedicated hubs. This will improve the quality of the teaching environment and enable the introduction of new curriculum options. Increasing pupil numbers is not part of the plans.

Replacing an outdated building
To accommodate the new centre for STEAM subjects, the School is proposing to demolish the existing Oldfield House, a tired and unattractive 1970s building located on the eastern part of the School site, next to Crown Street. Access into and through Oldfield House is poor and the spaces it provides are not capable of being adapted to meet the future requirements of modern technology and teaching.

A sensitive and high-quality design
We are proposing that New Oldfield House is located further away from our neighbours in Crown Street. Sitting lower down the hill, the new building is designed to respect the height of existing buildings in the immediate area, and the design and choice of building materials have been carefully considered to make a positive contribution to the Conservation Area. The new location for the teaching block will also improve accessibility to this part of the School campus.

Our planning application
We submitted a planning application to Harrow Council in April 2019 and made some detailed changes following discussions with the Council.

To give the School’s plans the best possible chance of success, we would encourage all parents to write to Harrow Council supporting our application and the significant educational benefits it would bring. You can do this by sending an email to and quoting the reference P/1813/19 in the subject.

Next steps
The Council is still considering our planning application and we hope a decision will be taken soon. If approved, our intention is to start and complete construction in a window of one year. We would then demolish the existing Oldfield House.

Considerate construction
We are committed to minimising the impact of construction on our neighbours as much as we possibly can. A Construction Management Plan forms part of our planning application and can be accessed from the council’s planning portal. It sets out the restrictions on building work, including hours of operation, as well as how construction vehicles access the site. This will have to be agreed with Harrow Council prior to any work beginning.

Further information
If you have any queries about our plans, please call 020 7323 3544 or email


New Oldfield House

The proposed New Oldfield House as seen from Middle Road

New Oldfield House

The view from Lower Road