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Ethos and Values

Our Ethos

John Lyon has a richly deserved reputation for providing an excellent all-round education that combines high academic standards with excellence in Sport and the Arts and outstanding pastoral care. The School is a friendly and purposeful place. Learning is both broad and deep, and we offer a unique education that embraces opportunity and excellence both within and beyond the classroom. At John Lyon every pupil matters.

Our Values

John Lyon has a clear set of values that are vital to our community. Our values shape who we are, what we do and how we do it. Each value is woven into School life and our admissions process. Our Values are tangible and meaningful; they enable us to promote and teach a set of principles to our pupils that will help them develop as individuals to be the best they can be.

A John Lyon pupil has a can-do ethos. Ours is a culture that encourages pupils to ask more, want more and push themselves to their limit. Small form groups, specialist teachers and a supportive culture create an environment in which everyone is motivated and ambitious. A John Lyon education enriches and adds value; we ensure pupils have the tools and character to prosper.

A John Lyon pupil will aim high and exceed expectations.


Inspirational, dynamic teaching ensures pupils are encouraged, mentored and nurtured to excel and achieve. We provide a springboard for later life with a broad curriculum that ensures each individual is challenged. John Lyon pupils become the best they can be.

John Lyon pupils achieve excellence in their endeavours.


We welcome unconventional and original ideas. We are a listening School where ideas and concepts are readily communicated and implemented. We embrace technology to support the application of imagination and initiative.

A John Lyon pupil is willing to be bold, experiment and be resourceful.


John Lyon pupils are determined, tenacious and steadfast. Our teaching, mentoring and pastoral care cultivate an environment where courage, mental fortitude and grit prevail.

John Lyon pupils have the capacity to embrace adversity, recover quickly, and learn from the experience.


We celebrate heritage. We are proud of our charitable history: a strong moral code, our ethical approach to education and core values derived from our founder, John Lyon. We have a contemporary approach in an established and traditional setting. We maintain close relationships with our Alumni and wider John Lyon family. We are a local School with an international horizon.

John Lyon pupils have a strong moral code and pride in the charitable history of the School’s founder.


We are happy, kind-hearted and tolerant, approaching life with a spirit of service. Community starts at School and extends to the Hill, our Alumni, our peers within John Lyon’s Foundation, our families, neighbours and beyond. Our friendship is for life.

John Lyon pupils are compassionate and respectful, looking after both each other and our wider community.


A John Lyon pupil is encouraged to challenge the status quo and be curious. Pupils are inspired to ask questions of themselves and the world around them. We foster their interests through our bespoke curriculum, outstanding extra-curricular provision and excellent facilities.

John Lyon pupils have enquiring minds and a love of learning.


We embrace individuality and celebrate creativity of thought and deed. The creative arts are cherished and nurtured. We approach School life with energy and with purpose. John Lyon pupils have flair and vision.

John Lyon pupils will explore, use their imagination and be inventive.


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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