13 December 2019

John Lyon election sees pupils and staff select Labour as their party of choice

A John Lyon election featuring five prominent parties and open to all boys and staff in the School has seen Labour take a narrow victory.

The poll, held on Thursday 12th December to coincide with the UK-wide general election gave victory to Labour, led by Deputy Head Boy Vivek Nanwani, with just over one third of the total vote.

The Conservatives (Liam Velani) came in second, with Liberal Democrats (Ken Houghton) third, the Brexit Party (Zain Mirza) fourth and the Greens (Sajan Sandhu) in fifth.

The voting split proved interesting, with Labour’s victory secured thanks to the ‘youth’ vote of boys in Years 7-10. Boys in GCSE and A-Level public examination years opted for the Tories, while the Lower Sixths voted overwhelmingly for the Brexit Party.

Staff proved to be more centre/left, with the Lib Dem vote just higher than Labour and the rest a long way behind.

In total, 233 votes were cast in the John Lyon election, organised and run by the Prefect team, which had seen campaign posters appear around Schools and School assemblies transformed into hustings.

Speaking after his victory, albeit with no clear majority, Labour candidate Vivek Nanwani said: “Trying to convince boys from Year 7 to Upper Sixth to vote Labour was no easy task. However, I felt it was necessary to be open with each and every single one of them and let them know a bit more about Labour’s policies which would appeal most to them. For example, increased spending on houses for first time buyers, free broadband everywhere and no tuition fees.

“I’m happy to see boys of all ages being politically engaged and hopefully it can inspire everyone to be like this throughout their lives.”

Y7 Y8 Y8 Y10 Y11 L6 U6 Staff TOTAL
Labour 15 16 18 5 13 4 4 12 87 (37.3%)
Conservative 7 2 9 3 21 1 9 6 58 (24.9%)
Lib Dem 3 10 5 3 5 2 2 13 43 (18.5%)
Brexit 3 3 3 0 5 10 0 1 25 (10.7%)
Green 3 2 1 1 5 0 4 2 18 (7.7%)
Spoiled 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 (0.9%)
Lab Lab Lab Lab Con Bre Con Lib

Sixth Form Open Evening, 8th October 2020


Friday 17th January 2020
9.00am – 3.00pm


Our Sixth Form Experience Day gives external students who are interested in joining John Lyon for A-Level studies an opportunity to experience first-hand the academic curriculum, co- and extra-curricular opportunities, specialised pastoral support, Higher Education provision, and facilities available to the School’s older students.

Students will be given a tour of the School, attend two taster lessons, meet and hear from key Sixth Form staff, talk to current students and visit the School’s sporting facilities. At the end of the day, parents are invited to join their sons for coffee in the New Memorial Hall.

This Sixth Form Experience Day is designed for pupils currently in Year 11, but Year 10 pupils are also most welcome.