Curriculum

Curriculum

The academic curriculum is at the very heart of everything at John Lyon.

A School day is made up of six to eight periods, with lessons of either 40 or 60 minutes, depending on year group and subject.

This flexible curriculum means Heads of Department can tailor their subject time to the requirements of that subject and year group. It also means that ours is not an environment where bells mark the change of lessons.

Different year groups will follow different daily routines, boys are taught the importance of self-management and good timekeeping, and are entrusted to move themselves around the School site quietly and efficiently.

Academic achievement – 2017

  • One third of all GCSE results graded A*
  • 43% of GCSE pupils achieved 7 or more A* and A grades
  • 99% A-Level pass rate
  • 54% of students accepted to Russell Group Universities
  • 1 in 5 students secured places in the University of London

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Results overall very solid (two-thirds A*/A at GCSE; 34 per A*/A at A level in 2017), a reflection of the effort to instill self-discipline, hard work and high expectations. Parents believe the school gets the balance just right.

The Good Schools Guide on academic matters
The Good Schools Guide on John Lyon


Years 7 and 8

In Years 7 and 8, pupils study:

Mathematics English Information and Communication Technology (ICT) French Spanish Latin
Biology Chemistry Physics Art Drama Music
Geography History Religious Studies / Philosophy Physical Education (PE) Games Reading

Year 9

In Year 9, pupils study:

Mathematics English Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Biology Chemistry Physics
Geography History Religious Studies / Philosophy Physical Education (PE) Games Reading

And they choose five from:

Latin Spanish French Drama Music Art

Years 10 and 11

In Years 10 and 11, pupils study:

English Language (IGCSE) English Literature (IGCSE) Mathematics (IGCSE)

And they choose six from:

Classical Greek Computer Science Religious Studies / Philosophy French Spanish Latin
Biology (IGCSE) Chemistry (IGCSE) Physics (IGCSE) Art Drama Music
Geography (IGCSE) History (IGCSE) Physical Education (PE) Games


Sixth Form

In the Sixth Form, students choose four from:

English Literature Mathematics Further Mathematics Latin French Spanish
Biology Chemistry Physics Art Drama and Theatre Studies Music
Geography History Philosophy Classical Greek Politics Economics
Business Studies Psychology Computer Science Music Technology Classical Civilisations