Pastoral Care

At John Lyon every pupil is seen as an individual, with their own unique talents, abilities and needs.

Form Tutors

The core of our pastoral care is the tutor system. Form Tutors have regular contact with their tutees through a daily tutor period of 20 minutes, and each team of tutors is overseen by a Head of Year, responsible for the routine pastoral care of the pupils in the year group. These year groups meet weekly for an assembly and have regular Personal, Social, Citizenship, Health and Economic Education (PSCHE) sessions delivered by topic experts, which vary as pupils move through the years.

All new pupils entering the School are allocated to a form group prior to arrival, which they stay in through Years 7 & 8. Where possible pupils have the same Form Tutor over their time in Years 7 & 8. Pupils are taught predominantly in their form groups.

With a significant intake of new pupils into Year 9, form groups are changed for the GCSE years, with new arrivals being spread evenly among those pupils who have come through John Lyon. Again, these form groups are maintained through until the end of GCSE exams at the end of Year 11. The continuity allows the parents and pupils to form a good working relationship with both the Form Tutor and Head of Year as they go through the various stages of GCSE option choices, external examinations and, ultimately, A-Level choices before moving into the Sixth Form.

In the Sixth Form, students are again assigned a new form group, often based on A-Level choices or career aspirations, which will have been discussed in detail with members of the Sixth Form Team and Careers Adviser throughout Year 11.


Parents are seen as partners with the School and are positively encouraged to get involved in their child’s education at every stage. Parents are regularly invited to Parent Panels, where discussion and opinions are sought and those with expertise asked to contribute actively. We pride ourselves on being a School that listens.

The School runs a popular Parenting Teenagers course, run by the School Counsellor, Laura Herman. Topics of these courses include meeting teenagers’ needs, setting boundaries and managing emotions, amongst others. The courses are run regularly throughout the year at differing times of day so that all parents are able to attend.

Bringing up teenagers can be a daunting and worrisome challenge. The chance to take part in John Lyon’s course provided an opportunity to look at the entire subject in a structured manner. Even by the end of the first session I felt far more able to confidently tackle some of the issues I face.

Parenting Course testimonial

Health and Wellbeing

John Lyon’s Wellbeing Programme addresses the needs of pupils, parents and staff, and is integrated into all areas of School life. Central to the Programme are our full-time School Nurse and Counsellor, Ms Charlotte Robinson and Mrs Laura Herman.

Laura is a professionally trained psychotherapist, member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), and Charlotte is a Registered General Nurse with 17 years’ school nursing experience with over 24 years experience overall.

The School’s Medical Centre is staffed throughout the school day and handles all aspects of first aid and sickness care. The Nurse also plays an extremely important role in preventative care, healthcare, parental liaison and general health and safety issues.

Peer Mentoring

The School runs a successful peer mentoring programme in the Sixth Form, offering older students the valuable opportunity to support younger members of the School community. The School Counsellor trains pupils to be successful mentors with a focus on listening, communication skills, values, boundaries, confidentiality and keeping safe.


We are a non-denominational School that welcome pupils from all cultural and faith backgrounds. Tolerance and respect are central to the learning that pupils experience here. We have a room dedicated to prayer and our teachers will always help and support pupils when they observe religious holidays and customs.