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 – 2018

  • 38% of all GCSE exams awarded the highest A* | 9 | 8 grade
  • Two-thirds of all GCSE exams awarded A* | A | 9 | 8 | 7 grade
  • A third of all A-Level exams awarded A* | A grade
  • One-in-six A-Level students earned straight A* | A grades
  • Entry to both Oxford and Cambridge Universities
  • 44% entry to Russell Group universities

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Results overall very solid, 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 Curriculum

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 Curriculum

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 Curriculum

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 Curriculum

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


John Lyon is an independent school, a member of HMCISC and is reviewed in the Good Schools Guide.

Pupils typically join John Lyon in Years 7, 9 and 12, largely from a North West London catchment area including Harrow, Wembley, Stanmore, Pinner, Watford, Rickmansworth, Northwood, Ruislip, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, Ickenham, Northolt, Southall, Ealing, Acton, Edgware, Brent Cross, Finchley, Barnet, Camden, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, as well as other parts of Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

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