Sixth Form

Sixth Form

The Sixth Form at John Lyon is an exciting, challenging and rewarding experience.

Each year the vast majority of our GCSE students move into the Sixth Form, where they are joined by new students from outside the school – from both independent and state education – to make the most of the crucial last two years of secondary education before university and the workplace.

With between 160 and 180 students, the John Lyon Sixth Form is a close-knit community with high academic standards. It is set in the centre of the School site in the beautiful original Victorian School building, the Thomas Blackwell Sixth Form Centre. The Sixth Form Centre has facilities for the exclusive use of Sixth Formers: a common room, quiet study room, IT suite and a kitchen, as well as Sixth Form classrooms and offices for the Head of Sixth Form and the Head of Higher Education.

Students are assigned a personal tutor in a group of around 10. Tutors are allocated based on subject choice at A-Level and career aspirations, and are there to give personal advice, support and guidance in both A-Level years, with a particular focus on university course selection and preparation for UCAS.

The advantage of a Sixth Form in an 11 to 18 school environment is that, just like in Years 7 to 11, John Lyon provides a secure, supportive environment in which students can thrive, while allowing independence of thought and of working patterns. In the Sixth Form especially, we aim to help each student foster their own sense of responsibility, self-reliance and self-awareness both in School and in the wider world. Help is given in the early stages of a student’s A-Level career with study skills and the practical, organisational challenges of independent study so they achieve academic success as well as enjoying the sporting, musical, dramatic and co-curricular activities on offer.

At John Lyon, we are hugely proud of our Sixth Form community and the great diversity of talents that flourish within it. We believe there is no better place to prepare for life beyond school: all our students receive the focused and individual support required to become truly independent students and ultimately join the workforce equipped for what the future has to offer.


John Lyon is a leading independent 11 – 18 boys’ day school, based in the picturesque Harrow-on-the-Hill in north west London.

The School is a member of HMC, ISC and is reviewed in the Good Schools Guide.

Pupils typically join John Lyon in Years 7, 9 and 12, largely from a 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 parts of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.