Creative Arts

A large emphasis is put on creativity at John Lyon and our well-resourced Music, Drama and Art departments are extremely well regarded in their ability to allow pupils of all ages to shine.

As well as all three Departments offering a full academic curriculum, with GCSEs and A-Levels available in each, Art, Drama and Music all work closely and regularly with pupils who choose not to pursue the creative arts in the classroom, but who are engaged in clubs and societies, concerts, plays, performances and exhibitions.

What's On - Music, Drama and Art Events


The John Lyon Art Department offers a creative and professional working environment filled with professional equipment. Our facilities include a suite of computers in every classroom featuring extensive art and graphic packages, as well as a print and animation studio. A darkroom and studio lighting ensure that we can support and foster budding photographers.

Our pupils’ artwork is displayed in the Mall Gallery located in the central spine of John Lyon. We have at least five major art exhibitions every year.

Artwork of the Month
See the works by pupils and students selected to be Artwork of the Month


In our Drama department, we have two fully equipped studio spaces, perfect for rehearsal and smaller performances. For larger productions, there is a full drama rig in the Boyd Campbell Hall. Full-scale musicals, such as 2017’s South Pacific, are put on at Harrow School’s 350-seater Ryan Theatre or at local theatres such as the Watersmeet. Extensive relationships with local girls’ schools ensure that we can offer a full range of dramatic productions and pupils interested in developing their skills both on and behind the stage can get involved from their early years.


The Music department has earned itself a strong reputation for both its breadth and quality. The John Lyon Music School houses a 120-seater recital hall equipped with two Steinway concert grand pianos, a state-of-the-art recording studio and eight individual practice studios. The Motet Choir regularly sings Evensong at cathedrals around the UK. The Lyonian Chorus, Motet Choir, String Orchestra and many ensembles ensure that pupils of all abilities and musical interests are well catered for and encouraged.

The John Lyon Motet Choir sings Drop, drop slow tears by Orlando Gibbons