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Oxbridge offers focus students’ minds ahead of A-Levels

Four Oxbridge offers are the highlight of another encouraging year of university application success for John Lyon students.

  • Asher Weisz, Classics, Balliol College, Oxford

  • Arjun Cheema, Chemistry, Wadham College, Oxford

  • Jude Hedges-Robinson, Classics, Christ’s College, Cambridge

  • Eugene Rahbari, Music, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

And for Asher, Jude, Eugene and Arjun – who hope to follow last year’s Oxbridge students Owen Marshall and Lami Mabifa – it is clear there is plenty of hard work still to come to fully realise their potential and the commitment shown by themselves and their teachers throughout their seven-year John Lyon education.

Asher said: “I am overjoyed to have received this offer, and would like to thank everyone at School who has given me so much of their time. I have received invaluable help, both from the Classics Department and from the School’s Oxbridge preparation scheme. I now plan to knuckle down and make sure I get the grades.”

Jude added:  “The application process as a whole has been a really great experience, teaching me to be self-motivated and independent, whilst also doing something I love. It was a great feeling to be given an offer by such a prestigious college at the best university in the world, and it’s all about getting the grades now!”

Alongside the Oxbridge offers are invitations for John Lyon boys to study across the UK on prestigious courses at leading institutions. September 2019 will see John Lyon’s current Upper Sixth students head to the likes of Edinburgh, Belfast, Durham, Manchester, Warwick, Nottingham and Bristol to study disciplines such as as Medicine, Economics, Law, Engineering, History, Politics, and Architecture.

And once again, application success to London’s leading universities will see many remain within the capital at Imperial, KCL, UCL, Queen Mary, City, Royal Holloway and SOAS.

As well as these, some students will pursue different routes – moving directly into the workplace or taking productive gap years before applying to study in a year’s time.

John Lyon Head, Miss Katherine Haynes, said: “Everyone at John Lyon has been thrilled to learn four of our students have received Oxbridge offers. This success, alongside the news of all other university offers helps confirm what we know John Lyon offers to all our pupils and students – a solid academic grounding which creates a path to both higher education and the workplace.

“But beyond this, it is crucial to realise there is so much more our boys learn and achieve beyond the classroom – our Classicists Asher and Jude spend an afternoon every week teaching their own Classics course to local primary school children; Jude and Eugene are a big part of our current Music Junction project which provides opportunities for children all across North West London; and Arjun is part of John Lyon’s Peer Mentoring programme, is a regular on the Football pitch and helped raise more than £8,000 for the Movember charity.

“Time and time again we see that students who are busy and engaged outside the classroom as well as inside achieve all the things they hope and work hard for – this is the real success of a John Lyon education.”


John Lyon is an independent school, a member of HMCISC and is reviewed in the Good Schools Guide.

Pupils typically join John Lyon in Years 7, 9 and 12, largely from a North West London catchment area including 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.

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