Public Benefit

Public Benefit

The John Lyon School is part of John Lyon’s Foundation and was established to fulfill the Charter of John Lyon, whose intention was to offer education to local boys.

As a part of this charity the School has a requirement to have charitable purposes or aims that are for the public benefit.

The primary purpose of John Lyon’s Foundation is the advancement of education for children. A part of the ethos of the School is that access to education should not be limited to those who can afford fees, so we take substantial steps to ensure access is widened to include many boys who would not otherwise benefit from the education that we offer.

In addition to the academic curriculum, pupils are expected to participate in extra-curricular activities working with and for other groups of people. Community service is undertaken by most pupils throughout their education. Educating young men in their responsibilities to the community in opportunities outside the classroom – locally, nationally and internationally, is a key aspect of our aims. Members of the local community are invited to concerts, plays, lectures and charitable events held at the School.

The School offers the opportunity for pupils from a number of local schools to participate in workshops and other enriching activities. We have strong links with a number of local maintained schools. The excellent facilities at the School are enjoyed by many local groups – sporting, cultural and educational – on a regular basis.

Charitable giving is an important part of the School ethos and the School supports a number of charities each year, raising substantial sums of money and giving regular generous donations to organisations such as Harrow Foodbank. To see a growing list of case studies, visit the John Lyon profile on the Independent Schools Council’s website, Schools Together.

Our Public Benefit Objectives

  • Promotion of sport to our wider community by sharing our expertise and facilities
  • Promotion of art, drama and literacy by sharing of our expertise and facilities
  • Supporting boys’ pastoral care and all-round education via outreach programmes

Our Recent Activity

Links with the maintained sector

The Mathematics department at John Lyon gave STEP Maths preparation to students from local maintained schools and the School also acted as a test centre for these papers for pupils from other schools. The School also conducted mock Oxbridge interviews and mock interviews for medical school to pupils from the maintained sector. The Careers Advisor also provided mock interviews at a local maintained school. The Geography department participated in the Lumina Course, working with pupils from the maintained sector who have Oxbridge aspirations. They worked closely with eight students. The English department and the Library arranged a number of events. Several author visits were arranged throughout the academic year to which local schools were invited. Ian Whybrow, author and past Head of Sixth From at John Lyon spoke to a packed audience of pupils from local schools, both maintained and independent, on his recent visit. Partnership events are arranged with local schools, for example the American Literature Day, which was also attended by a GCSE cohort from a maintained school. A National Theatre production at the School was open to pupils from local schools. Lectures in Business Studies were offered to local maintained schools. Teachers from local schools have visited a number of departments to discuss good practice in that subject. Members of staff in Psychology and Government and Politics are working with maintained schools to develop teaching resources and to share good practice.

The Science department offered Science workshops to Gladstone Park Primary School, a programme that has recently doubled in size. The Music department contributed to the community in a number of ways. Lunchtime concerts in the Music School were attended by Roxeth Primary School. A number of local schools also participated in the Junior Music Day. The School ran Careers events, Science and Medical Career events and an evening for Economics and Business Studies students in which local schools participated. The annual University Fair, where more than thirty universities were represented, was attended by local schools including Nower Hill, Whitmore, Harrow and Hatch End High Schools.

The School is in the early stages of developing partnerships with the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham (LAET) which opened in September 2017. In 2016-17, this assistance included an active role in staff recruitment, using John Lyon staff to interview candidates and classes for lesson observations, inviting academy pupils to the school to shadow our Sixth Form and the support of the teaching of subjects such as Economics.

The excellent Sports facilities at the School are used by a number of groups. Sudbury Fields is used by local primary schools and Harrow District Schools for football trials, training and fixtures. A local Sixth Form College uses Sudbury Fields for their moderation day. Middlesex County trials for boys and girls take place there and the fields are also used by Harrow Borough Cricket squads and local maintained schools. The new all-weather hockey pitch is used extensively by Harrow Hockey Club, giving them a home ground for the first time in a generation, as well as for other district and county training and competition fixtures, including primary school fixtures. St Georges Primary School use the facilities on a regular basis. The swimming pool is used by a number of local prep and primary schools.

Members of John Lyon staff continue to serve as governors at maintained schools.

Wider Benefit

Out of date library and school text books are donated to Books for Africa, a charity that sends the books overseas. For other materials surplus to our requirements, the English department has introduced a loan system for schools in the maintained sector who have need of them.

The School contributed to the wider education of pupils in the United Kingdom through its work with universities in the PGCE programme for trainee teachers and through the provision of NQT training programmes.

Members of staff work as examiners for public exam boards, acting as Team Leaders, Senior Examiners and advisors in some cases. Economics lectures at UCL Institute of Education were given by the Head of Economics.

Our First Aid training courses run for John Lyon staff are also attended by staff from local maintained schools and pre-schools.

Buildings and Facilities

We see John Lyon as a part of a wider community and where we can assist the community without detriment to advancing the education of our pupils we are delighted so to do. For example, the Harrow-on-the-Hill Community Church makes regular use of the Boyd Campbell Hall out of school hours. This letting is at a significantly reduced rate. The Lyonian Pavilion was used as a polling station in the recent general election and is used free of charge by Harrow Safeguarding Children Board and Harrow Virtual School for training events. School facilities have also been made available to Roxeth Primary School, St George’s Youth Club, St George’s Catholic School, the Bowmen of Harrow, Music Festivals, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and other schools and youth groups. The Cricket Montessori School use the School’s Practice Pitch as their playground on a daily basis.

The Music School is used, free of charge, by a number of local groups. The Music department also hosts ABRSM music exams for pupils from other schools.


The School nominates charities that the school community supports throughout the academic year. In 2016-2017, the four nominated charities were Liter of Light, RNIB Sunshine House School, Harrow Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre and Harrow Kingfisher Swimming Club for the disabled. They each received a share of over £4,600 pounds raised, proportionate to the number of votes cast by the pupils for that charity. In addition the School raised the following funds for other charities: Shelter £234.71, Jeans for Genes £620.71, Macmillan Cancer Research Coffee Morning £1721.07, Save the Children £521.82 and Comic Relief £137.47.

Additionally, we have supported Wrap Up London with donations of coats and we sent more than 620kg of food donations to Harrow Foodbank.

In 2017 the School supported ‘Movember’ with our team of Sixth Formers and staff raising in excess of £7,200.

Widening Access – Scholarship and Bursary Awards

The Head and Governors view our bursary awards as important in helping to ensure children from families who would otherwise not be able to afford the fees can access the education we offer. Bursary awards are available to all who meet our general entry requirements and are made solely on the basis of parental means or to relieve hardship where a pupil’s education and future prospects would otherwise be at risk. With regard to bursary awards sponsored by John Lyon’s Charity, to be eligible a pupil must be resident in one of the London Boroughs designated by the Charity.

In 2016-17 the School awarded bursaries to 68 pupils ranging from 20% up to 100% remission of fees.

We also ensure that recipients of bursary awards are supported so that they may participate in co-curricular activities, use of equipment and school trips. Information about fee assistance through bursaries is provided to all applying to the School. We also advertise the bursaries via local press (the Primary Times) and numerous outreach programmes.

Community Partnerships, Community Service and Community Access

We have established links within Harrow-on-the-Hill and the wider community. These links extend both nationally and internationally. The School recently promoted and paid for the promotional material and programmes for a concert for the local ‘Raise the Roof’ campaign at St Mary’s Church.

We are committed to supporting local initiatives such as the Harrow Foodbank and Harrow Young Carers. The School is developing ever stronger links with Harrow Virtual School.

Pupils in the Sixth Form may choose to participate in a community service programme. Throughout 2016-17 boys helped on a weekly basis at the Red Balloon Learner Centre, which provides support for children who have suffered severe bullying at school, RNIB Sunshine House School and Children’s Home, which educates blind and partially sighted children with significant learning difficulties and disabilities between the ages of two and 11 years, Lyon Park School, where boys worked with primary school children to improve their literacy skills and Norbury Primary School mentoring pupils for GCSE Maths. They also supported the work of the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre and volunteered at Harrow Law Centre. The programme is designed to enable the boys to give back to the community and to grow as individuals by learning about the challenges that others face. The impact on the lives of those they have been working with has been noted by all the organisations.

The introduction of the Co-Curricular Programme each Friday afternoon has enabled the School to develop a programme of Primary School Initiatives in Art, Drama and Science. Groups of children from local primary schools attend weekly workshops where, supported by John Lyon staff, they are mentored by our senior pupils. The Co-Curricular Programme will also offer a Drama production, commissioned by a local primary school to be performed for their pupils.

Pupils aiming to achieve a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award took part in a community service programme either helping at Chestnut Lodge Care Home or teaching sport at Sudbury School.

Exhibitions open to the local community are held throughout the academic year in the School’s Mall Gallery.