School Life

“It is a truly exciting and busy time at John Lyon, with the school becoming co-educational from September 2021 and welcoming our first ever cohort of female pupils to the Hill in our history 145th year. We have also recently united with Quainton Hall, which has become our prep school, enabling us to offer families an outstanding 3-18 through-school experience.

Leading a prestigious school like John Lyon and being part of school life is a great honour and a huge source of pride. Every day I witness remarkable pupils being challenged with new ideas, taught to them by a dedicated group of teachers in facilities envied by many. I see these pupils achieve: in the classroom, on the sports field, in the music hall, on the stage. Most satisfyingly, I see happy children.

Our academic curriculum is rightly at the heart of every working day at our northwest London school. It forms the very core of all we seek to achieve as a leading place of learning. English, Mathematics, the sciences, humanities, creative arts, languages and digital learning form a curriculum designed to educate and inspire, giving both knowledge and a desire to want to know more.

There is, however, much more beyond the classroom, including Sport, which largely takes place on our 25-acre playing fields; Music and Drama, which are huge strengths of John Lyon; and well-resourced co-curricular programme and extra-curricular activities that help our pupils develop character, pick up key transferable skills and explore the world around them.

John Lyon School life is a programme of personal growth and enrichment rarely seen in many schools – the sort of education that is highly sought after in today’s competitive educational marketplace, and prized by parents interested in a high quality independent education.”

Katherine Haynes, Head

She has expanded the academic and extracurricular offering, polishing the pastoral care. Parents undoubtedly appreciate her approach.

The Good Schools Guide on Katherine Haynes

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