Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra-Curricular Activities

John Lyon’s Extra-Curricular Programme of sports practices, clubs and activities is a much-loved element of School life, aimed at encouraging curiosity, furthering knowledge and nurturing passions outside the timetable.

Our Extra-Curricular Programme is second to none and allows every boy to flourish as an individual. We believe that activities beyond the classroom are essential to balance the learning in class. They teach resilience, teamwork and leadership, and are seen by many as a distinguishing feature on a university application form and then on a CV.

But above all, a well-rounded pupil is a happy pupil.

We typically offer more than 100 clubs and societies every week that provide a wealth of skills, experiences and opportunities to every pupil, as well as a host of sports practices, which change seasonally.

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

Extra-Curricular Activities,
Autumn Term 2019

Years Time
MONDAY
Swim Session – Elite All Years Before School
Table Tennis All Years Before School
Art Club All Years Before School
Flute Choir All Years Morning Break
Badminton Y9, Y10, Y11, L6, U6 Lunch
Paper Circuits Club Y7,  Y8,  Y9 Lunch
Art Club All Years Lunch
Year 7 Choir Y7 Lunch
Classical Guitar Ensemble All Years Lunch
Code Breaking and Maths Puzzle Club Y10,  Y11, L6, U6 Lunch
Drama Club Y7,  Y8,  Y9 Lunch
Ethics Y11, L6, U6 Lunch
R&B Group All Years Lunch
VEX Robotics Y9,  Y10,  Y11, L6, U6 Lunch
GIS Disaster Mapping All Years Lunch
Beekeeping All Years After School
Society for Innovation and Research in Education All Years After School
CCF Y10,  Y11, L6, U6 After School
Music Theory Class All Years After School
Architecture All Years After School
Indoor Hockey Y7,  Y8,  Y9,  Y10 After School
Senior Football Training Y11, L6, U6 After School
Golf Y7,  Y8,  Y9,  Y10 After School
School Musical Rehearsal Y9,  Y10,  Y11, L6, U6 After School
TUESDAY
Sports Conditioning All Years Before School
Advanced Music Theory and Aural Class All Years Before School
Art Club All Years Before School
Careers Drop-in All Years Lunch
Carrom Club All Years Lunch
Fitness Club All Years Lunch
Portuguese Club All Years Lunch
Swim Session – Development All Years Lunch
Art Club All Years Lunch
Counselling Drop-in All Years Lunch
First Aid Club Y7,  Y8 Lunch
Book and Film Club Y7,  Y8,  Y9,  Y10 Lunch
Motet Choir (full choir) All Years Lunch
Faith Club All Years Lunch
Art Club All Years After School
Model United Nations and International Relations Y10,  Y11, L6, U6 After School
Badminton Y8,  Y9,  Y10,  Y11, L6, U6 After School
Stock Slam Y9,  Y10,  Y11, L6, U6 After School
Geography Review L6, U6 After School
Chamber Orchestra All Years After School
Running Club All Years After School
Water Polo – Squad Training Y10,  Y11, L6, U6 After School
Middle Road Theatre Company All Years After School
WEDNESDAY
Swim Session – Elite (invitation only) All Years Before School
Table Tennis All Years Before School
Art Club All Years Before School
The Pride of Lyon’s All Years Before School
Brass Ensemble All Years Morning Break
Basketball Y9,  Y10 Lunch
Environmental Innovation Society All Years Lunch
Kayak Club All Years Lunch
Comic Book Club Y7,  Y8 Lunch
Wildlife Club All Years Lunch
Art Club All Years Lunch
Computer Gaming Y7,  Y8 Lunch
CREST Award All Years Lunch
Excellence in French Y9,  Y10,  Y11, L6, U6 Lunch
Wind Band All Years Lunch
Art Club All Years After School
Basketball Y7,  Y8 After School
Biomedical Club Y11, L6, U6 After School
Print Club Y10,  Y11, L6, U6 After School
Percussion Ensemble All Years After School
Opera Appreciation All Years After School
Water Polo – Squad Training Y7,  Y8,  Y9 After School
Middle Road Theatre Company All Years After School
Football Training U14A, U14B, U15A, U15B After School
THURSDAY
Cricket Training – Elite (invitation only) All Years Before School
Water Polo – Open Session All Years Before School
Art Club All Years Before School
Cricket Trials and Winter Training (after half-term) U12 and new boys Lunch
Fitness Club All Years Lunch
Swim Session – Development All Years Lunch
Science Fiction Club Y10,  Y11, L6, U6 Lunch
Art Club All Years Lunch
Geography Podcast All Years Lunch
Foreign Language and Literature All Years Lunch
Homework Club All Years Lunch
Music Technology Club All Years Lunch
String Ensemble All Years Lunch
The Oxbridge Programme L6, U6 Lunch
Virtual Reality Y10,  Y11, L6, U6 Lunch
Board Game Club All Years Lunch
Business Society Y10,  Y11, L6, U6 Lunch
Kitchen Science Y7,  Y8 Lunch
Independent Schools Mock Trial Competition Y10,  Y11, L6, U6 Lunch
Philosophy Club Y9,  Y10,  Y11, L6, U6 Lunch
Art Club All Years After School
Biochemistry Journal Club Y10,  Y11, L6, U6 After School
Dexterity Club Y7,  Y8,  Y9 After School
Photography Club All Years After School
Social Sciences Seminar 10, 11, L6, U6 After School
STEP/MAT Master Class L6, U6 After School
Junior Debating Y7,  Y8 After School
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Y10,  Y11, L6 After School
Sea Scooter and Snorkelling All Years After School
Table Tennis All Years After School
School Musical Rehearsal Y9,  Y10,  Y11, L6, U6 After School
Football Training U12A, U12B, U13A, U13B After School
FRIDAY
Table Tennis All Years Before School
Tennis Club Y7,  Y8,  Y9,  Y10 Before School
Sports Conditioning – Sports Scholars All Years Before School
Art Club All Years Before School
Cricket Training – U14 (after half-term) Y9 Lunch
Table Tennis All Years Lunch
History Society Y11, L6, U6 Lunch
Jazz Band Y9,  Y10,  Y11, L6, U6 Lunch
Motet Choir (sectional) All Years Lunch
Muslim Prayer All Years Lunch
Rock Jam Sessions All Years After School
Squash Club All Years After School

Architecture | All Years
Research, planning and technical skills, along with an appreciation of the built environment will be the rewards for boys during Architecture.
For pupils who are interested in living in inspiring spaces, Architecture will see boys from all years learn and develop some of the fundamentals of architecture, in the process creating a portfolio of their own designs.

Art Club | All Years
The opportunity to explore art through a range of media and techniques, as well as creating exciting new work will be the rewards for boys during Art Club.
With morning, lunchtime and after school sessions throughout the week, Art Club gives pupils the time and space to explore a variety of artistic formats and techniques alongside their peers and boys from all years. Pupils can use Art Club to initiate their own new projects or use it as time to develop work from their Art classes or complete homework using the resources and equipment within the department. Pupils are able to experiment, develop technical skills and explore a variety of creative techniques.

Badminton | Y9, Y10, Y11, L6, U6
The development of key skills in a popular School sport, the chance to play in a John Lyon team and increased fitness will be the rewards for boys during Badminton.
Within a competitive but fun environment boys practise drills and rallies relevant to match play, learning to become confident decision makers whilst on court playing either singles or doubles, to be organised and honest whilst competing and to play to win. They also develop a greater understanding of what they are trying to achieve and how to achieve it through increased knowledge of strategy, tactics and problem solving. Furthermore, they show the motivation to improve and develop the technical skills and control of body movement to confidently participate and contribute within competitive situations. The players with the most promise get the opportunity to play in competitive fixtures against other schools.

Basketball | Y7, Y8, Y9, Y10
The chance to develop skills and tactics in one of John Lyon’s fastest-growing sports, as well as the opportunity to play for a School team will be the rewards for boys during Basketball.
Students have an introduction to the game of Basketball and learn to develop key skills such as shooting, dribbling and passing. Boys learn to take on leadership roles as well as understanding more about teamwork. Those reaching the higher levels are selected for School teams at U13, U14 and U16 levels and have these skills put to the test in competitive fixtures against other schools.

Beekeeping | All Years
A greater appreciation of the natural world and interest in biological sciences through the care of John Lyon’s own bees will be the rewards for boys during Beekeeping.
Beekeeping is an interesting and enjoyable activity in which boys learn how to set up and grow their own hives, nurture bees over a period of time and come to understand the intricate workings of the honeybee hive. It develops in them an appreciation of the natural world and an interest in biological sciences, while simultaneously allowing them to contribute significantly to preserving a species that is currently under severe pressure.

Biochemistry Journal Club | Y10, Y11, L6, U6
Increased confidence, data and critical analysis skills, independent thought and debating skills will be the rewards for boys during Biochemistry Journal Club.
Biochemistry Journal Club is a focused group in which students can discuss material that complements and extends both the GCSE and A-Level curriculums, deliberately chosen to stretch understanding and to allow examination of scientific research. A paper is chosen for each session and is the basis for discussion and debate. This is a great opportunity to discover new and exciting research that will both enhance university applications and challenge boys’ understanding of what we currently know about science and what is yet to be discovered. Students improve their ability to critically evaluate articles, provide thoughtful commentary and discuss their points articulately. They have to think independently and broaden their knowledge of current research within the field of science.

Biomedical Club | Y11, L6, U6
Enhanced leadership and public speaking skills, an awareness of wider health issues and being prepared for university applications will be the rewards for boys during Biomedical Club.
Designed for students looking to pursue a career in the medical sciences, Biomedical Club allows students to consider important issues related to Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine. Students discuss topical issues related to the NHS, such as the increase in the number of people with type II diabetes and resistance to vaccinations, also considering important advances in the field of biomedical science. Through contributing to and leading seminars students enhance their leadership and public speaking skills while developing a greater awareness of the personal and academic attributes required to work in the medical field. The club also discusses university personal statements and preparation for entrance exams and interviews, giving students a good idea of how to develop strategies to prepare and pass the UCAT and BMAT exams.

Board Game Club | All Years
Increased strategic skills and discipline gained within a fun and relaxed environment will be the rewards for boys during Board Game Club.
With a range of traditional and modern games on offer, Board Game Club gives boys the chance to engage with both the task at hand as well as each other. Designed as a club in which boys in all years can meet and talk to Sixth Form Mentors, it provides an informal, calm and relaxed environment for all boys. Both the games and the interactions are designed to foster a sense of discipline and respect for equipment and each other.

Book and Film Club | Y7, Y8, Y9, Y10
The chance to discuss the books being read and films being watched and to develop cultural awareness through thinking about and analysing texts and movies will be the rewards for boys during Book and Film Club.
Book and Film Club sees boys recommending, sharing and discussing books that they have read or would like to read, and then watching a film that has been adapted from a book. The club is often based on a theme, such as ‘War’, when works including as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, War Horse and I am David were read, watched and analysed. The club also focuses on Carnegie Award shadowing, for which boys read and discuss every book on that year’s shortlist for the prestigious youth literature prize. This also involves working alongside pupils from a number of other local schools.

Brass Ensemble | All Years
The chance for all John Lyon’s brass instrumentalists to improve their skills as part of a group will be the reward for boys during Brass Ensemble.
Brass Ensemble is a chamber music ensemble for all brass players, which aims to perform in concerts once or twice each term, including in the set-piece Autumn Concert and Spring Concert in the Boyd Campbell Hall. Through membership of the ensemble, boys improve their individual brass playing, their teamwork skills and also their ability to play in an ensemble. As the group develops it aims to accomplish more and more challenging repertoire.

Business Society | Y10, Y11, L6, U6
Development of mathematical, interpersonal skills and a wider business understanding will be the rewards for boys during Business Society.
Business Society gives boys an opportunity to explore the business world beyond the curriculum. It looks at factors such as how politics affects business, as well as exploring areas such as stocks and shares and risk management. Students will develop mathematical skills as well as their interpersonal skills, all helping improve their wider understanding of business to prepare them better for university and beyond. Boys will have an opportunity to be self-reflective when assessing their performance in trading stocks and shares. Pupils will be able to look at management decision making and the impact this has on business performance and be able to relate this to their own decision making and its implications.

Careers Drop-in | All Years
The knowledge to be able to make informed decisions on education, training and future jobs will be the reward for boys during Careers Drop-in.
Led by the School’s Careers Advisor, this drop in session held in the Library is available to boys in all years and gives them access to advice and guidance on careers, education and work opportunities. Boys are also able to learn more about what GCSE and A-Levels would be required or useful for certain degree courses and can be given tips about CVs. They can also discover new avenues they may not have previously considered.

Carrom Club | All Years
Improved hand-eye coordination, problem solving skills and the ability to think strategically all gained within a fun setting will be the rewards for boys during Carrom Club.
Carrom is a traditional South Asian tabletop game where players aim to flick coins into pockets using their fingers. Students enhance their skills with practice during one-to-one games and team matches. Students develop their ability to focus and concentrate, along with their decision-making skills when choosing between the variety of techniques and strategies to score points. More experienced players pass on their wealth of knowledge by demonstrating the techniques they use. Once students have the core skills they begin to play in more competitive settings and compete in the annual Carrom tournament to determine the best player at John Lyon. Students demonstrate attention to detail to master the different angles and speeds of the coins and, as many shots are initially missed, boys have to show resolve whilst learning their Carrom craft.

CCF | Y10, Y11, L6, U6
An opportunity to further both the skills and knowledge discovered in CCF as part of the Co-Curricular Programme will be the rewards for boys during CCF.
CCF consists of a range of activities from leadership tasks, developing teamwork and leadership skills, to physically demanding tasks such as working through an obstacle course. Boys learn marksmanship skills, the intricacies of drill, surviving in the field and self-reliance – all working towards developing confidence and rounding their personalities. Pupils learn to work within a team as well as assuming a leadership role. Additionally, they learn to problem solve creatively through participation in command tasks. CCF challenges boys both mentally and physically by putting them into a range of unfamiliar situations meaning they must show resolve to overcome problems.

Chamber Orchestra | All Years
The opportunity for the School’s finest instrumentalists to challenge their own abilities and a chance to advance their skills even further will be the rewards for boys during Chamber Orchestra.
Chamber Orchestra is John Lyon’s top instrumental ensemble, consisting of up to 20 boys who are all Grade 5 or above, and who have passed an audition with the Director and Assistant Director of Music for entry. Performing once or twice a term at our major concerts, as well as other occasions, pupils gain valuable experience through the playing of challenging repertoire and become better all-round musicians by surrounding themselves with other good musicians.

Classical Guitar Ensemble | All Years
The chance to play in an established musical group and to develop musicianship will be the rewards for boys during Classical Guitar Ensemble.
With pupils of all ages and musical standards, Classical Guitar Ensemble is an ensemble designed for all John Lyon’s classical and acoustic guitarists that rehearses and performs a range of music repertoire for concert performances throughout the year. Pupils improve their individual guitar playing, their teamwork skills and also their ability to play in an ensemble. These skills not only promote confidence in performance but also help boys develop resilience for ABRSM and Rockschool music examinations. Furthermore, pupils enhance their ability to act as a unified group, improving reaction and response times in many aspects of music, including coordination and musical balance.

Code Breaking and Maths Puzzle Club | Y10, Y11, L6, U6
Enhanced teamwork, problem solving skills, critical analysis and logical deduction will be the rewards for boys during Code Breaking and Maths Puzzle Club.
Pupils will learn different code breaking techniques and investigative mathematical approaches to problem solving. They will participate in three university-organised competitions: The University of Southampton’s National Cipher Challenge; The University of Manchester’s Alan Turing Cryptography Competition; and the MathsBombe Competition, also at Manchester University. Pupils will develop good communication and team working skills, enhance their critical thinking and develop perseverance in order to tackle complex tasks. They are expected to research content beyond their normal curriculum.

Comic Book Club | Y7, Y8
The chance to look at the actions and judgments of popular superheroes and to develop a new comic will be the rewards for boys during Comic Book Club.
With comic books a mainstay of modern culture, students are given the chance to investigate this popular genre, looking at how stories are constructed and the background to the characters that define them. Pupils engage with the back story of a character to understand their motivations, ultimately developing the ability to judge what makes a good superhero and making ethical judgements about their actions. Boys can even look to create their own comic if they wish.

Computer Gaming | Y7, Y8
The chance to create new computer games as well as giving and receiving constructive peer feedback will be the rewards for boys during Computer Gaming.
Using software to design and create their own computer games, boys learn about principles of design and of challenge to create something brand-new from their own imagination, before testing out each other’s games and giving each other feedback on how well they work. Boys develop creativity and design skills, as well as working as part of a team and critiquing each other’s work in a constructive way.

Counselling Drop-in | All Years
The opportunity to speak with a trained counsellor and gain strategies for wellbeing will be the rewards for boys during Counselling Drop-in.
A full-time member of staff within the School, John Lyon Counsellor Mrs Laura Herman is available for all boys at any time in the School day, to speak to in confidence. This weekly Counselling Drop-in session gives all boys an opportunity to visit Mrs Herman without having previously made a prior appointment. Boys can talk about any concerns they may have and will be given guidance in how to find a way forward in a range of areas, including anxiety, low mood or lack of confidence.

CREST Award | All Years
Enhanced linguistic, scientific, technological, aesthetic and creative skills, a positive attitude to learning and a nationally recognised award will be the rewards for boys during CREST Award.
The CREST Award is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for STEM project work for 11- to 19-year-olds. CREST Awards are achieved by pupils completing a STEM project of their choice related to the solving of a real-life STEM challenge. CREST helps young people become independent and reflective learners through enquiry-based project work. Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards can be achieved depending on the amount of time spent on the project as well as its level of complexity. Bronze Awards should have around ten hours of work spent on them, 30 hours for Silver and 70 hours for Gold. Pupils draw knowledge from a wide range of sources and display sophisticated study skills for their age. They think for themselves, hypothesise confidently, accurately analyse data and text and apply their knowledge to new situations. Pupils plan and organise their work effectively, read critically and reflect on the knowledge gained. CREST awards are high quality and a tangible recognition of success, well-regarded by universities.

Cricket Training, Cricket Trials and Winter Training | All Years
The chance to develop key Cricket, teamwork and social skills in anticipation of the Summer season will be the rewards for boys during Cricket Training and Cricket Trials and Winter Training.
John Lyon’s Cricket Programme gives pupils across the School the opportunity to play the popular sport even outside the main season, developing sporting talent as well as encouraging all boys to be confident decision makers and ambitious. Boys learn fundamentals of batting, bowling and fielding to improve their performance as individuals and as part of a team. They also develop an awareness of tactics dependent on the type of game being played, and whether they should be defensive or attacking in different game situations. Furthermore, through working within a team environment, boys also develop key life skills such as punctuality, effective communication, teamwork, a work ethic and social skills. John Lyon’s Elite Cricketers (by invitation) work with coaches to develop advanced technical components of both batting and bowling. Specialist sessions stretch top performers and there are opportunities for pupils to experience one-to-one sessions as well as to use video analysis to further enhance their sporting development.

Dexterity Club | Y7, Y8, Y9
Improved hand-eye coordination, handwriting and confidence gained through a range of tasks and activities will be the rewards for boys during Dexterity Club.
Through various fun skills and activities such as handwriting exercises, knitting, embroidery, cutting techniques and space orientation boys will seek to improve their overall dexterity whilst gaining new skills. It has been noted that some new university students entering medical and engineering courses are showing increasing difficulty with their hand-eye coordination. This has prompted some leading Russel Group universities to give priority to students who can demonstrate dexterous skills such as knitting when offering places.

Drama Club | Y7, Y8, Y9
The chance to have fun through creative and collaborative exercises and performance will be the reward for boys during Drama Club.
Designed for Lower School boys, Drama Club sees pupils work creatively on tasks such as improvisation and drama games, with opportunities to use costumes and props. During rehearsals boys improve their communication with each other and then develop self-confidence through performance.

Environmental Innovation Society | All Years
The opportunity to learn about some of the impacts facing our planet and to make an active contribution to John Lyon’s green efforts will be the rewards for boys during Environmental Innovation Society.
This ‘green’ society allows students to take an active role in reducing the environmental impact of John Lyon. Boys also develop a greater understanding of and make an active contribution to raising awareness of human activity on the Earth, one of the most concerning issues regarding humanity in the 21st century. Students have to utilise their creative skills to determine ways to reduce John Lyon’s environmental impact and communication skills to inform others of the consequences of wasteful human activity.

Ethics | Y11, L6, U6
A developed understanding of the ethical implications within a number of important professions and industries will be the reward for boys during Ethics.
With a focus on medicine, biomedical sciences, law, philosophy, business and psychology, pupils analyse, through in-depth research, debate and discussion, some of the ethical issues faced by professional people, giving them a deeper awareness and understanding of the ethical implications and consequences that can be faced.

Excellence in French | Y9, Y10, Y11, L6, U6
The chance to improve linguistic and cultural knowledge of the Francophone world will be the reward for boys during Excellence in French.
Going beyond the curriculum pupils improve their language skills and gain confidence in reading, speaking and listening to authentic French material, giving them the chance to discover songs, comic books and French language magazines. Pupils also have the opportunity to study short French film productions.

Faith Club | All Years
The development of the thoughts and language needed to be able to have meaningful dialogue with people of all faiths and none will be the rewards for boys during Faith Club.
Guided by a qualified youth worker who is interested in helping students discuss topics they may not have before had a chance to talk about in an informal gathering of their peers, boys are given many of the skills necessary to open up and discuss, in a respectful manner, spiritual, moral and social issues of importance to them about the world in which we live. This discussion group develops each boy’s knowledge of the language and specific religious terms required to have meaningful dialogue with people all faiths, a useful life skill, especially for students interested in studying Philosophy, Ethics or Theology later in their academic life.

First Aid Club | Y7, Y8
Learning a skill that can save lives and last a lifetime as well as gaining a recognised qualification will be the rewards for boys during First Aid Club.
Following St John Ambulance’s First Aid for School Pupils course, pupils learn how to care for a wide range of casualties, from those with minor injuries to those with life threatening medical conditions. The course provides a good basic understanding of First Aid, which prepares boys for DofE and CCF courses later in their School life. Boys learn to work within a team and on their own and there are opportunities for them to take on leadership roles. Regular attendees will achieve the well-regarded St John Ambulance qualification.

Fitness Club | All Years
The chance to improve fitness and knowledge of the human body and its limits will be the rewards for boys during Fitness Club.
Fitness Club helps students understand that fitness is an important part of a healthy, active lifestyle and how exercise contributes to improved health and self-regard. In the clubs boys are given the chance to demonstrate good body control, balance, fluency and accuracy in their movements, and stay physically active for sustained periods of time, all while learning correct use of gym equipment. Working to their own fitness goals through personalised programmes using appropriate equipment for the age of each boy, students develop the self-motivation and psychological strength needed to reach their targets. They develop the confidence to get involved in PE and Sport and are willing to demonstrate what they can do, volunteer questions and answers, ask for help when they need it and talk positively about their achievements. They try new activities and sports without worrying about failing.

Flute Choir | All Years
The chance to play in an established musical group and developing musicianship will be the rewards for boys during Flute Choir.
With pupils of all ages and standards, Flute Choir is an ensemble for all John Lyon flautists that rehearses and performs a range of music repertoire for concert performances throughout the year. Boys improve their individual flute playing, their teamwork skills and also their ability to play in an ensemble. The skills attained in rehearsal not only promote confidence in performance but also develop resilience for ABRSM music examinations. Furthermore, pupils enhance their ability to work as a unified group, improving reaction and response times in many aspects of music, including coordination and musical balance.

Football Training | Y11, L6, U6
Life skills including punctuality, teamwork and a work ethic as well as improved physical and technical skills will be the rewards for boys during Football Training.
By being part of the John Lyon Football Programme, boys demonstrate their commitment to the sport, showing excellent organisational skills and taking responsibility for themselves and the team. Led by UEFA and FA qualified coaches on John Lyon’s excellent Sudbury pitches, boys will develop a greater understanding of what they are trying to achieve and how to achieve it through increased knowledge of strategy, tactics and problem solving. Furthermore, they show the motivation to improve and develop the technical skills and control of body movement to confidently participate and contribute within competitive situations, especially in the many fixtures throughout the season.

Foreign Language and Literature | All Years
Growth in confidence, improved presentation skills, a greater appreciation of international culture and improvement in languages beyond the curriculum will be the rewards for boys during Foreign Language and Literature.
Through a combination of research, group reading and games, students develop their awareness and appreciation of foreign languages and literature. Boys study and discuss aspects of foreign literature and film – principally but by no means limited to French and Spanish – considering issues of culture and translation. Boys have free rein to choose an aspect of language or culture to explore through personal research projects. To complement their progress in French, Spanish and English literacy, pupils develop vocabulary ‘banks’ throughout the year and consider the etymology of words. Research skills are developed as pupils work to synthesise information from different sources to present to their peers. All pupils produce and deliver at least one presentation to the group on a linguistic or cultural aspect of their choice.

Geography Podcast | All Years
The opportunity to develop project design and implementation skills, and to see a project through to its completion, will be the rewards for boys during Geography Podcast.
Geography podcast is an opportunity for pupils to expand upon their geographical knowledge whilst also developing an investigative and journalistic approach to the subject. Each half term pupils choose a key geographical theme to follow, deciding upon how they will investigate the issue and what key questions they will ask; this could range from a school focused issue such as recycling all the way through to global challenges. Boys present their podcast, showcasing their geographical skills and knowledge in answering key questions on distinct themes in geography. Pupils develop their geographical knowledge of a range of issues whilst also developing other skills, such as project planning and management, investigative skills, data collection and analysis, and finally media production.

Geography Review | L6, U6
Developed engagement with the world around them and heightened social and environmental sensitivity will be the rewards for boys during Geography Review.
The unique nature of geography, being able to bridge the gap between the social and the natural sciences, means that there is a great deal more on offer than the curriculum alone. Geography Review focuses on key areas of research in the field, based on recent publications and lectures, in order to stimulate discussion and debate on global issues. Through this, pupils see the connections between different fields of academia and become substantially more aware of not only the scientific or social processes at work in the world around them, but also how they can be managed sustainably into the future. Students further develop their critical understanding of the world around them whilst engaging with a range of topical issues. With engagement in debate and discussion they utilise a wide variety of evidential material to support arguments, from data analysis to verbal histories. Pupils are also encouraged to enter national competitions through the Royal Geographical Society encouraging them to engage with the subject in different ways. Participation in these events can make excellent additions to UCAS statements and CVs in the future. Through discussion and debate of topical issues, and consideration of where the geographer belongs in a changing world, pupils develop critical engagement with the world around them. Coupled with this they develop social and environmental sensitivity along with knowledge of how this is interrelated with the global economic system, allowing them to become more responsible citizens and employees of the future.

GIS Disaster Mapping | All Years
Developed research and analysis skills and greater knowledge of natural disasters on a global scale will be the rewards for boys during GIS Disaster Mapping.
By engaging with a mixture of literature review and empirical research and having the opportunity to disseminate their findings, pupils look into numerous aspects of natural disasters, using GIS mapping software to plot locations affected by natural disasters and discussing the impact that remote locations have on hazard management and responses. Through this they gain an appreciation of the challenges faced by those in other parts of the world and develop an awareness of real-world hazard responses. Boys develop their IT skills by learning how to use this new, sophisticated software and work collaboratively to achieve the end goal, instilling a sense of community.

Golf | Y7, Y8, Y9, Y10
Developed golfing skills as well as an increased knowledge of a technical sport will be the rewards for boys during Golf.
Led by John Lyon’s Head of Mathematics, who is an experienced amateur golfer playing off scratch, Golf is based at Northwick Park Playgolf. The club is aimed at boys who are keen golfers and ideally those who are members at local clubs who have golf handicaps. It provides an opportunity for boys not only to practise their golf skills but also to receive coaching. The club also acts as preparation for potential future Golf fixtures against other schools in Summer Term.

History Society | Y11, L6, U6
Developed independent research skills, confidence in making presentations and the chance to learn about different cultures and societies will be the rewards for boys during History Society.
In History Society students are challenged on how they think about History, allowing them to look at higher level concepts and source materials and to develop an interest in History beyond their curriculum studies. Boys develop key skills of independent research, confidence through presenting ideas, and respect and maturity when listening to the presentations of others. They also learn about cultures and societies different from their own and develop skills of empathy when discussing ideas with peers who may not share their views. Students give presentations on an historical event or individual of their choosing, leading to a group discussion afterwards. They also tackle Oxford and Cambridge History Aptitude Tests to challenge how they think about History and to sharpen their subject skills and essay writing.

Homework Club | All Years
The opportunity to complete set schoolwork in a controlled environment and improved learning skills will be the rewards for boys during Homework Club.
Open to all pupils, Homework Club offers the opportunity to study after School, with Learning Support teachers on hand to provide advice and guidance. Pupils are able to complete the tasks they have been set, at the same time improving their study skills and time management.

Independent Schools Mock Trial Competition | Y10, Y11, L6, U6
Enhanced critical thinking, teamwork and confidence as well as the ability to build and present an argument will be the rewards for boys during Independent Schools Mock Trial Competition.
This national competition is designed to introduce students to the intricacies of the criminal justice system and gives budding lawyers a chance to experience life inside a courtroom, with insights direct from professionals. Working on mock cases written by partners in the legal profession, students work together in teams of crown prosecutors, defence barristers and witnesses to gain a unique understanding of the justice system while developing employability skills such as teamwork, public speaking and verbal reasoning. The Mock Trial Competition challenges the best students in a completely new way, preparing them for further study and careers and giving them valuable practice in public speaking and debating.

Indoor Hockey | Y7, Y8, Y9, Y10
The opportunity to develop key skills and tactics ahead of the Spring Term Hockey season will be the reward for boys during Indoor Hockey.
In preparation for the Hockey season, boys are able to develop their skills and improve stick skills such as close control and short passing. Students are guided in the fundamentals of passing, receiving, shooting and dribbling to improve their performance as individuals as well as within the team. They also develop a greater awareness of the tactics needed to play and win when competing in fixtures against other schools. Boys are encouraged to be confident decision makers and organised. Furthermore, through working within a team environment, boys also develop key life skills such as punctuality, effective communication, teamwork, a work ethic and social skills.

Jazz Band | Y9, Y10, Y11, L6, U6
The chance to play music in a group and help to shape each unique performance through improvisations will be the rewards for boys during Jazz Band.
Made up of some of the School’s more advanced musicians, Jazz Band gives performers the chance to play music from the Jazz songbook and looks to develop pupils’ improvisational and communication skills through performances that are never the same twice. The musical standard of the ensemble is set high to stretch students’ abilities and to develop advanced musicianship skills. Playing from lead sheets that are open to interpretation, each member of the ensemble has a voice in shaping each unique performance and through this work all members develop ensemble skills including control of tone, tuning, technique, balance, rhythm, dynamics, articulation and expression.

Junior Debating | Y7, Y8
Developed verbal reasoning and fluency as well as greater knowledge of current affairs will be the rewards for boys during Junior Debating.
With regular practice sessions focusing on various motions, boys learn the basics of competitive debating and put their newly developed skills into action by competing against other schools in the North London League. Pupils expand their knowledge of current affairs as well as wider issues frequently discussed in the news. Their cultural capital increases through the exploration of relevant topics and by thinking hard about the arguments for and against certain motions. Boys develop their verbal fluency and the ability to convey arguments logically and succinctly. They sharpen their analytical and discursive skills within a competitive environment.

Kayak Club | All Years
Increased water confidence and both physical and mental challenge in a fun activity will be the rewards for boys during Kayak Club.
Largely based in the John Lyon Swimming Pool, Kayak Club allows boys to have fun while learning numerous kayak skills including how to exit a capsized boat, manoeuvring a kayak using a combination of boat, body, paddles and water, and using equipment safely, confidently and effectively. Boys gain water confidence through working together as part of a team, discovering that what they put in both physically and mentally has a direct effect on the outcomes. Boys are able to undertake the Start Award and Discover Award, both recognised kayak qualifications. In Summer Term there will be a number of trips to experience different environments and types of craft, such as stand up paddle boards and Canadian canoes.

Kitchen Science | Y7, Y8
A greater understanding of the scientific method gained through a range of fun experiments will be the reward for boys during Kitchen Science.
Designed as an introduction to the scientific basis of some aspects of cooking, Kitchen Science sees pupils carry out a range of practical activities related to Chemistry. Students come to appreciate that there are good scientific explanations and reasons behind many processes in the kitchen. Boys improve their understanding of some of the fundamentals of science as well as increasing their dexterity through the practical tasks. In addition, they enhance interpersonal skills and teamwork.

Middle Road Theatre Company | All Years
The chance to contribute to the development and the delivery of creative projects led entirely by current and former John Lyon pupils will be the rewards for boys during Middle Road Theatre Company.
Created in 2017 as a new theatre company made up entirely of Lyonians, Middle Road Theatre Company gives boys the chance to help run a company of actors, writers, designers, directors and producers staging established and innovative new works. Working alongside university students, graduates and emerging professionals, who all benefitted from a John Lyon education, boys help produce and perform contemporary drama for a growing audience. Pupils help set the creative vision for the company and see themselves develop and emerge as creative individuals with the ability to develop, deliver and contribute to ambitious projects.

Model United Nations and International Relations | Y10, Y11, L6, U6
A developed ability to think on one’s feet and increased knowledge of real-world issues of global significance will be the rewards for boys during Model United Nations and International Relations.
Responding to resolutions across political, health, environmental and security issues from different countries’ perspectives, Model United Nations and International Relations involves researching and debating issues of geopolitical significance. Students deepen their understanding of international affairs, learning to make connections between policy choices, real interests and events and also getting better at conducting research into case studies and researching the background of opposing perspectives. Students become adept at forming an argument in debate based on personal research and have the opportunity to attend MUN conferences, including the one organised and held at John Lyon.

Motet Choir | All Years
Improved singing, sight-reading and general musicianship, as well as the opportunity to sing in locations both near and far will be the rewards for boys during Motet Choir.
Motet Choir is one of the main musical ensembles at John Lyon, and is the main choir of the School, with around 50 members. Choir members finesse their singing skills, learning how to blend with those around them to create a unified choral sound. They also improve their general musicianship skills and learn how to follow a conductor. Motet Choir sings at most of the main concerts in the School year, also collaborating with other schools including Harrow and Northwood College. The very best choir members may also have opportunities to sing solos, and all members can look forward to regular overseas tours, the last two destinations being Venice and Salzburg.

Music Technology Club | All Years
The opportunity to work with industry-standard hardware and software to develop a range of key productions skills will be the reward for boys during Music Technology Club.
With access to the School’s suite of Apple Macs and recording studio, Music Technology Club gives boys the chance to learn how specialist computer software such as GarageBand and Logic Pro can be used in the creation and manipulation of sounds and music. Boys develop music production knowledge allowing them to create new original pieces of music, with skills covered including MIDI and audio sequencing, synthesis, sampling, audio recording, effects processing and mixing. They learn how to listen critically to and make decisions on the direction of their own compositions.

Music Theory Class | All Years
An improved knowledge of music theory, up to and beyond the well-recognised Grade 5 theory exam, a greater musical understanding and the possibility of UCAS points will be the rewards for boys during Music Theory Class and Advanced Music Theory and Aural Class.
Music Theory is a core component of the graded music exam system, with a Grade 5 pass required to move beyond Grade 5 level in any musical instrument. Music Theory Class gives pupils the opportunity to learn and improve their theory knowledge, in order to be able to sit and pass the important examination. Advanced Music Theory and Aural Class is a small group for boys who have passed their ABRSM Grade 5 Theory and are now aiming to take the rare and challenging qualifications of Grades 6, 7 or 8 Theory. These advanced theory grades are deemed equivalent to A-Levels in difficulty and are thus worth UCAS points, meaning they are a valuable addition for any student going on to university.

Muslim Prayer | All Years
The opportunity to develop in their own faith, their sense of belonging and an understanding of Islamic belief will be the rewards for boys during Muslim Prayer.
Each Friday, pupils with a Muslim faith gather for prayers. Boys meet during their lunch break in a room that allows them to pray facing Makkah in a large group. Muslim Prayer allows students to fulfil an important religious obligation, develop a sense of community and feel a sense of connection to the wider ummah (Muslim community).

Opera Appreciation | All Years
The confidence to form and voice an opinion and immersion in one of the most significant cultural art forms will be the rewards for boys during Opera Appreciation.
This club is a journey through the world of opera. Using video and sound resources to compare performances and productions of well-known operas boys engage in the art of criticism of the performing arts while immersing themselves in some of the world’s most wonderful music. Students will develop their critical faculties in line with the requirement at GCSE and A-Level to discuss the production values of significant stagings. They will develop confidence to express their own opinions in the face of disagreement while learning to provide evidence for their assertions. Students will gain a vocabulary that will help them to express their opinions clearly and convincingly. Students will be exposed to an art form that lies outside the normal sphere of engagement for many. They will begin to appreciate this most significant art form as a central part of European and British culture, and move away from the potentially clichéd reaction to the form as ‘art for the wealthy’. Students will develop their cultural capital by attending this club and develop further the layers of context that can be brought to bear when studying art, music and literature at the higher levels of the School. The open age range will enable boys of all ages to mix and to share a common passion, helping to integrate boys of all ages throughout the School.

Paper Circuits Club | Y7, Y8, Y9
Enhanced knowledge of electrical circuitry and greater dexterity gained through practical work will be the rewards for boys during Paper Circuits Club.
Pupils are given the opportunity to create simple electronic devices such as greetings cards that light up, using printed templates, copper tape and standard electrical components, working towards more complex devices and even designing their own. Through this work boys develop their understanding of electricity and electrical circuits, useful for their learning within science classes. They also learn the function of common electrical components and improve manual dexterity through the manipulation of solder and soldering irons.

Percussion Ensemble | All Years
The chance to discover and improve performance on a wide range of instruments within a fun ensemble group will be the rewards for boys during Percussion Ensemble.
With access to a wide range of percussion, from boomwhackers to timpani, Percussion Ensemble is designed for all pupils interested in performing on a range of instruments and is suited to those with rhythm and basic drumming skills. Weekly rehearsals focus on a wide range of interesting repertoire, with some composed by John Lyon’s visiting drum teacher. Pupils learn key percussion skills and perfect their rhythm, concentration, teamwork and also their ability to play in an ensemble. The skills attained in rehearsal not only promote each pupil’s confidence in performance but also develop resilience and creativity. Furthermore, pupils enhance their ability to act as a unified group, improving reaction and response times in many aspects of music, including coordination and musical balance.

Philosophy Club | Y9, Y10, Y11, L6, U6
An ability to reflect on complex ideas and the confidence to think independently will be the rewards for boys during Philosophy Club.
Philosophy Club offers a journey through some of the greatest ideas in history – from ancient Greece to the present day – ideas that have changed the world and still influence the way we live our lives today. Students are able to deliver a presentation on an idea that has profoundly affected human society, explaining how it still impacts on the way we think. Through the club boys develop presentation skills, an ability to present complex ideas lucidly and concisely, an understanding of how the past informs the present and confidence in their ability to think independently and raise their own critiques of others’ ideas.

Photography Club | All Years
Increased photography skills, enhanced creativity and the ability to complete tasks to brief and deadline will be the rewards for boys during Photography Club.
Students are taken on a journey through the exploration of various techniques, studies of photographers and personal investigation as part of Photography Club. Looking into a range of different digital and analogue techniques and exploring various dark room techniques, boys learn the basics of how to operate a DSLR camera, lighting techniques, using long exposures and how to photograph portraits effectively. Students develop a sense of enquiry and independent learning as a result of studying various techniques and photographers and then embarking on a personal investigation led by themselves, working independently towards a body of work based on a theme of their own interest.

Portuguese Club | All Years
Increased language skills and a greater knowledge of Portuguese culture will be the rewards for boys during Portuguese Club.
Through a range of interactive activities focusing on food, film and music, pupils learn about the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture, developing an appreciation for the Portuguese language and other aspects of the Lusophone world. By looking at a language which is new to them, boys are able to identify and appreciate similarities and differences between their own languages and culture and that of Portuguese speaking countries.

Print Club | Y10, Y11, L6, U6
Developed creative thinking, the ability to work independently and problem solving will be the rewards for boys during Print Club.
Print Club explores a variety of print formats with pupils researching a variety of artists’ work and then developing their own designs. Boys learn how to create mono prints, lino and other relief print techniques, creating personal and exciting work. Pupils are able to develop their research skills, will be able to present ideas to their peers and will develop creative design skills. They also develop practical skills including refining, creating and constructing.

R&B Group | All Years
Developed rhythm, tone, technique and reading skills as well as the chance to play popular music as part of a group will be the rewards for boys during R&B Group.
With members from all year groups, this ensemble performs music from the Rhythm & Blues and Soul songbooks, performing bespoke arrangements of songs by a wide range of artists from Stevie Wonder to Bruno Mars. Playing from professional music charts to help expand reading skills, pupils quickly develop and the musical standard of the ensemble is continually increased to help stretch boys’ abilities and to develop musicianship skills beyond the normal music syllabus with skills such as tone, tuning, technique, balance, rhythm, dynamics, articulation and expression. R&B Group performs in multiple concerts across the year, culminating in a performance at the annual Rock Concert at the end of Summer Term.

Rock Jam Sessions | All Years
The chance to play and sing popular and original music in a band and developing wider musical skills will be the rewards for boys during Rock Jam Sessions.
These sessions are designed for all pupils interested in performing in a band, and ideally suited to musicians who play electric guitar, bass guitar, drums and for rock and pop singers who wish to stretch their vocal muscles. The band works on set repertoire as well as original compositions and performs at concerts throughout the School year. Boys are given access to a range of instruments and learn key skills to help with their playing, teamwork and also their ability to play in a group. The skills attained in rehearsal not only promote confidence in performance but also develop resilience and creativity.

Running Club | All Years
Increased fitness, stamina and resilience will be the rewards for boys during Running Club.
This club for both novice and experienced runners gives pupils the chance to learn the basics of running technique, improve their stamina and gradually increase the distances they cover, allowing them to chart their improvements in terms of speed and distance. Boys’ mental wellbeing is improved by this stress-relieving activity. It has also been proven that running can aid academic performance.

School Musical Rehearsal | All Years
The chance to be part of a popular event in the John Lyon calendar and improvement in a range of stage skills will be the rewards for boys during School Musical Rehearsal.
Rehearsals take place throughout the Autumn Term for the School Musical being performed in December at the Ryan Theatre. Cast members work with the Head of Drama and the Director of Music, as well as with a professional choreographer, to hone their stage and singing skills for the production. Through rehearsal and then the performances, covering a prolonged period, boys develop great resolve and a greater love and understanding of theatre and the theatrical process.

Science Fiction Club | Y10, Y11, L6, U6
An increased perspective of the writing process and the skills needed to read and criticise literature will be the rewards for boys during Science Fiction Club.
From Asimov to Star Wars, Science Fiction Club looks at and discusses the themes, allegories and plot threads contained inside numerous works from the popular genre, including how some have predicted certain scientific advancements and contain insightful social commentary. Students develop their understanding of the genre by active discussion and debate with their peers and become more confident making connections between the fiction and real-life events. Students show productive relationships with their peers by listening to their opinions and responding in a way that helps develop the allegories. They can be creative by suggesting their own ideas inspired by the discussion or by their favourite piece of work and what they would do to expand the themes and lore of a particular series. Pupils gain a larger perspective of the writing process and gain more understanding of the modern world through these pieces of media.

Sea Scooter and Snorkelling | All Years
Increased water confidence and instruction in how to get the most from equipment will be the rewards for boys during Sea Scooter and Snorkelling.
Based in the John Lyon Swimming Pool, pupils use sea scooters and snorkels to explore the pool and understand how to use the equipment correctly. Both activities help improve water confidence by assisting with aquatic breathing. They also encourage boys to be respectful as the equipment needs to be maintained properly so it can continue to be used. Allowing the pupils to submerge while assisting with aquatic breathing builds confidence and may lead to them exploring other activities in the pool environment.

Social Sciences Seminar | Y10, Y11, L6, U6
A broader understanding of current affairs and enhanced analytical and discursive skills will be the rewards for boys during Social Sciences Seminar.
Led by students with the guidance of Politics and Economics teachers, Social Sciences Seminar is a discussion of current affairs using tools and theories from the social sciences to help deepen boys’ understanding of economic and political affairs. They learn to make connections between policy choices and events, in the process becoming adept at analysing current affairs from different perspectives. Students become more reflective and sharpen their analytical and discursive skills, extend their technical vocabulary and become familiar with specialist texts.

Society for Innovation and Research in Education | All Years
The opportunity to look at significant educational research and the possibility to then apply this to School life at John Lyon will be the rewards for boys during Society for Innovation and Research in Education.
Designed as a student research group, the Society for Innovation and Research in Education looks at the latest innovations and developments in teaching and learning, then investigates how this could be applied at John Lyon. Example projects include looking at the science of learning and how our brains work and at the working relationships between pupils and adults at School. Pupils in the group engage in a mixture of literature review and empirical research as well as having the opportunity to disseminate their findings. In time, pupils use more effective learning strategies and these are encouraged in class as routine practice.

Sports Conditioning | All Years 
Development of the self-motivation and psychological strength to reach their full sporting potential and performance goals will be the rewards for boys during Sports Conditioning.
In these sessions pupils will develop their physical health, psycho-social wellbeing, performance and resistance to sports-related injuries. All boys are baseline tested by a fully qualified fitness instructor each term and given an individual termly programme based upon the needs analysis of their sport, to be completed within the fitness suite throughout the term. Sports Conditioning for Sports Scholars is designed specifically for those boys identified as having exceptional sporting skills, to give the opportunity for support and development of their conditioning and encourage them to take responsibility for maximising their sporting potential. Each Sports Scholar will then receive a termly review of their programme to ensure they are seeing positive progress within their sessions. They will be able to monitor their progress and individually adapt and overload exercises to aid their sporting needs.

Squash Club | All Years
Improved physical health and a range of skills learned through playing a fast racquet sport will be the rewards for boys during Squash Club.
After School on a Friday, Squash Club is a chance for boys of all ages and abilities to train and play at the end of the week. From novices to experienced players, all pupils can hone their skills against each other in a friendly environment. Boys develop their knowledge of the game and display initiative and learning on court, developing self-knowledge, self-esteem, self-confidence, self-discipline and resilience.

STEP/MAT Master Class | L6, U6
Enhanced problem solving, stretched thinking, improved perseverance and the skills to become better independent learners will be the rewards for boys during STEP/MAT Master Class.
STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper) Mathematics is a well-established examination designed to test candidates on questions that are similar in style to university undergraduate Mathematics. Students aspiring to study Mathematics or Mathematics related courses at Cambridge, Imperial or Warwick are expected to achieve a good pass in the STEP exams. Students aspiring to read Mathematics or Computer Science at Oxford are expected to perform well in the MAT (Mathematics Admissions Test) exam. In the Master Class students will learn and develop the ability to apply their mathematical knowledge in novel and unfamiliar ways, which often require knowledge of several different specification topics. Students will learn and develop solution strategies, which will frequently require insight, ingenuity, persistence and the ability to work through substantial sequences of algebraic manipulation.

String Ensemble | All Years
Improving musical skills and musicianship as part of a large musical group playing a wide variety of music will be the rewards for boys during String Ensemble.
This all-inclusive ensemble performs repertoire from the canon of Western music and includes arrangements of film and popular music in addition to more traditional classical genres. The ensemble performs regularly at each end of term concert and there may be the opportunity to perform in concerts in public venues both in the UK and abroad. The music chosen for this ensemble is customised to each individual, allowing pupils to be challenged at a level suitable to their ability. Rehearsals focus on refining their performance skills, developing technical control on their instrument, improving sight-reading ability and establishing more advanced methods of expression through the use of dynamics and phrasing suitable to the style and mood of the music. The skills attained in rehearsal not only promote pupil confidence in performance but also develop resilience for external examinations for ABRSM and Rockschool examinations.

Swim Session | All Years 
Enhanced self-confidence and skills developed through a range of learning and competition will be the rewards for boys during Swim Session.
Designed for swimmers at various levels these structured sessions led by the School’s resident Swimming Coach are designed to focus upon stroke technique, fitness and core aquatic skills. Boys will learn how to swim confidently and proficiently using various stroke techniques and will develop safe self-rescue techniques in different water-based situations. They will also have the opportunity to compete in individual and team competitions and galas. Boys identified as the strongest swimmers are offered invitations to attend additional sessions to stretch and challenge their capabilities.

Table Tennis | All Years
The opportunity to play both socially and competitively in a challenging but fun environment will be the rewards for boys during Table Tennis.
Based in the School Sports Hall, pupils receive one-to-one coaching aiding their Table Tennis development. Sessions focus on technical and tactical game play for both singles and double competition. Boys learn the fundamentals of serving, forehand and backhand techniques to improve their performance as individuals and as pairs, developing an awareness of tactics dependent on the type of game being played. The boys know when and how to use games strategy, tactics and techniques to be successful. Pupils develop self-confidence, self-competence and resilience in the face of setbacks and failures. When competing in singles competitions and through working within a pair, boys also develop key life skills such as punctuality and teamwork.

Tennis Club | Y7, Y8, Y9, Y10
The chance to improve technique and tactics and enhanced overall fitness will be the rewards for boys during Tennis Club.
Based on the courts at Sudbury, Tennis Club gives keen players the opportunity to receive additional one-to-one coaching to improve technical aspects of their singles and doubles games. Boys learn the fundamentals of serving, forehand and backhand techniques to improve their performance as individuals and as pairs. They develop an awareness of tactics dependent on the type of game being played. Pupils develop self-confidence, self-competence and resilience in the face of setbacks and failures. When competing in singles competitions and through working within a pair, boys also develop key life skills such as punctuality and teamwork.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) | Y10, Y11, L6
The chance to gain valuable skills and experiences within a well-known and well-regarded award scheme will be the reward for boys during The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
DofE is a fun adventure and major challenge, with a wide range of activities offering endless possibilities. This is the world’s leading youth achievement award, designed to push personal boundaries, deliver new skills and enhance university applications and CVs. DofE gives boys the chance to do something completely new and improve on things they are already doing, taking them out of comfort zones and into places where individuals have to push themselves to achieve rewards. There are three levels of Award – Bronze, Silver and Gold – all of which require a commitment to community projects, physical activity and expeditions within the UK. Boys completing any of the DofE awards build confidence, resilience, skills for work and friendship groups.

The Oxbridge Programme | L6, U6
The ability to examine subjects in more depth and with more breadth, as well as learning some of the skills needed to obtain an offer from the leading universities at Oxford and Cambridge, will be the rewards for boys during The Oxbridge Programme.
With students selected on the merit of their GCSE results, as well as some who self-select to attend, The Oxbridge Programme involves a wide range of lectures, interviews, mentor guidance, enrichment activities, seminars and presentations, all designed to shift each boy’s attitude and thinking from secondary education to higher education. As students move closer to the end of School in their Upper Sixth year, the focus moves to one-on-one preparation for UCAS, entrance tests and university interview practice. The programme is designed to give students a greater chance of success in achieving university offers by extending their knowledge beyond the A-Level curriculum. They draw knowledge from a wide range of sources, use this knowledge in higher level critical thinking, think for themselves under pressure, confidently hypothesise when challenged on their viewpoint, accurately analyse unseen data and text, synthesise information with logical coherence and can apply their knowledge to withstand debate and scrutiny. Students on The Oxbridge Programme set a very high example for younger pupils in their dedication to pursuing their passions and interests and sharing them with others. They understand that, regardless of whether they achieve an Oxbridge offer, bettering their ability to ‘think’ is a goal in and of itself that will enhance their experience of life, education and work for years to come.

The Pride of Lyon’s | All Years
Improved singing and musicianship gained within a small group of elite singers will be the rewards for boys during The Pride of Lyon’s.
The Pride of Lyon’s is John Lyon’s elite choir, comprised of no more than 12 of the best singers in School. As part of the Pride, pupils fine-tune their singing skills and get experience in holding a harmony line either on their own or with one other boy. This group performs to the highest level and matters such as timbre, tone and blend are considered in rehearsals. Much of the music is a capella, and from a wide range of styles. Pupils participate in multiple performances each term, including some very high-profile occasions. It is hoped the Pride of Lyon’s may also soon look to compete in competitions.

VEX Robotics | Y9, Y10, Y11, L6, U6
Learning the processes of design, implementation and evaluation and the improvement required in engineering will be the rewards for boys during VEX Robotics.
Building on John Lyon’s growing robotics programme, which sees all boys in Year 8 STEAM classes learn the basics of this futuristic technology, VEX Robotics gives those pupils with a passion for the subject the opportunity to build more complex robots for entry into the VEX Robotics Competition. There are three divisions of this robotics competition meant for different age groups and skill levels. In the competition, students are given a yearly challenge, and must design, build, program and drive a robot to complete the challenge as best as they can. For the very best, this culminates in the VEX Robotics World Championship, the largest robotics competition in the world. Boys learn to program in Robot C, using Block and then Natural Language. They master the process of designing a simple program and run it both with a real clawbot and in a virtual world environment. Once confident, boys can form a team that creates a robot for the competition. The best teams consist of boys with differing skills, from those more adept at the programming to those more involved in the engineering construction, with opportunities to lead, support and teach within the group. Robotics takes place in the new Digital Innovation suite. Boys have to be tenacious in their problem solving and the programming develops their logical thinking. To design a robot requires a team and teamwork for any success. This replicates what real engineers do and gives the boys an insight into working within engineering.

Virtual Reality | Y10, Y11, L6, U6
A greater insight into how VR may impact our future lives and an understanding of VR technology will be the rewards for boys during Virtual Reality.
Students investigate the use of Virtual Reality using the HTC VIVE system, looking at different applications and understanding the technology behind them. Boys learn how to best use Virtual Reality technology and understand how it might impact our lives in the future as its scope and influence grow. Use of Virtual Reality, and the immersive effect, has been proven to have a range of positive benefits for the development of pupils, including those who suffer from anxiety or difficulty focusing. Many VR apps are also collaborative and require students to work together.

Water Polo | All Years
The opportunity to learn the fundamental skills of this popular John Lyon sport and to develop wider sporting knowledge and competencies will be the rewards for boys during Water Polo.
All boys are invited to attend Water Polo open sessions to work on technique and match play within a recreational learning environment. Sessions are fully inclusive and are structured around enjoyment and learning the fundamental skills of the sport. Boys will learn how to shoot, pass and dribble competently and confidently using various techniques. They will also have the opportunity to compete in team-based game play. In squad training, older boys will further develop their knowledge of the sport, learning more about individual positions and the role they play within a successful team. There is also the opportunity to take part in competitive fixtures against other schools and clubs.

Wildlife Club | All Years
The chance to research wildlife and issues related to wildlife, learning how to collect and use data and working cooperatively with peers will be the rewards for boys during Wildlife Club.
Pupils will learn about the different birds and animals in various parts of the world, with a focus on the UK. Boys will look specifically at the wildlife in the School grounds, learning how to encourage and promote animal-friendly schemes at home and elsewhere. Issues related to conservation will also be looked at. Pupils will learn how to work cooperatively with each other in order to create projects researching wildlife and related issues. They will also be synthesising and examining data related to this.

Wind Band | All Years
Improving musical skills and musicianship as part of a large musical group playing a wide variety of music will be the rewards for boys during Wind Band.
This all-inclusive ensemble performs repertoire from the canon of Western music and includes arrangements of film and popular music in addition to more traditional classical genres. The ensemble performs regularly at each end of term concert and there may be the opportunity to perform in concerts in public venues both in the UK and abroad. The music chosen for this ensemble is customised to each individual, allowing pupils to be challenged at a level suitable to their ability. Rehearsals focus on refining their performance skills, developing technical control on their instrument, improving sight-reading ability and establishing more advanced methods of expression through the use of dynamics and phrasing suitable to the style and mood of the music. The skills attained in rehearsal not only promote pupil confidence in performance but also develop resilience for external examinations for ABRSM and Rockschool examinations.

Year 7 Choir | Y7
The chance to begin a musical journey and to learn new skills as part of a fun group will be the rewards for boys during Year 7 Choir.
Designed for all of John Lyon’s youngest pupils, Year 7 Choir allows all boys to access a musical education, regardless of their previous exposure to music. Rehearsals focus on refining performance skills, developing vocal projection and improving technical control when singing. The skills attained in rehearsal not only promote pupils’ confidence in performance but also develop resilience and aid non-musical skills like public speaking. The repertoire for this ensemble is hugely varied with traditional songs as well as music taken from popular culture. The ensemble performs regularly throughout the School year.