On Friday afternoons all pupils’ timetables see them participate in John Lyon’s unique Co-Curricular Programme.

The programme offers a broader curriculum to pupils beyond the classroom and develops their sense of achievement, wellbeing and enjoyment, while gaining practical skills and engaging with the eight School Values.

During the Autumn and Spring Terms, boys in Years 7 and 8 engage in a bespoke programme of activities including Archery, Golf, Learning Skills, Fives, Kayaking, Public Speaking, Typing, Cycling, Survival Skills, Rugby, Martial Arts, Dance, Critical Thinking, Cooking, Instrumental Music and Singing.

Boys in Years 9 to Upper Sixth undertake an hour of curated activities followed by an hour of an activity of their choice. Curated activities include Public Speaking, Filmmaking, Learning Skills, First Aid, Typing, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and an extensive programme of prestigious external speakers.

There are over fifty optional activities including Astronomy, Beekeeping, Debating, Sports Leadership Awards, Lifesaving, Micro:bit Robotics, Model United Nations, STEAM, Pilates, Photography, several outreach projects with local primary schools and a choice of Languages (Arabic, Portuguese, German & Italian). Activities are run by specialists with groups composed of multiple year groups, enhancing the School’s strong sense of community.

In the Summer Term the focus shifts to project-based learning, with a drama festival, the British Science Association’s CREST Awards and Combined Cadet Force for the younger years and Higher Project Qualification and examination and university preparation for older pupils.

A ‘rounded’ education given a firm emphasis, with a timetabled programme of ‘skills-based’ activities including everything from cooking to changing a tyre. Plenty of trips and societies, from computing to chess. ‘It’s a very broad ranging education,’ commented one contented father.

The Good Schools Guide on John Lyon's rounded offer
The Good Schools Guide on John Lyon