One of the great aspects of an 11 to 18 school like John Lyon is the opportunity to develop and to exercise leadership skills. With between 160 and 180 students in the John Lyon Sixth Form, our senior students are looked upon as role models by the younger boys.
There are many ways in which these opportunities to lead manifest themselves: applying for and being appointed as a prefect, organising an academic society, captaining a sports team, performing in a concert, taking a principal role in the school play, or by mentoring a younger boy.
Sixth Form students spearhead the School’s charity efforts and there is an opportunity to join the community service programme on Wednesday afternoons, which sees Sixth Form pupils go into local schools and nursing homes.
The Head Boy Team and the Senior Prefects run the Student Council, which meets weekly and offers a forum for debate and discussion on School matters, shaping the lives of the student body.
Alongside the many opportunities for Sixth Formers to extend their learning through sport, community and creative arts events, there is a strong social aspect to the Sixth Form. On a day-to-day level, Sixth Formers have exclusive use of the Sixth Form Centre and its facilities, life in the Sixth Form begins with an induction event, where all students join together to undertake tasks and challenges followed by a formal meal, which strengthens the bonds both with their peers and the Sixth Form staff that will support them in the two years ahead.
The School year is peppered with social events such as the Halloween Carnival Disco run in conjunction with Northwood College, while there are opportunities for many trips, including the annual ski trip and the Harrow International Schools Exchange to the Far East. The Upper Sixth year concludes with a lively and well-attended Leavers’ Ball.
Union is the weekly lecture series that extends the academic and cultural education of boys beyond students’ A-Level choices. Every Friday Sixth Formers gather for an hour of stimulating debate and discussion, usually hosted by one of a range of visiting speakers. Union encourages curiosity and broadens the horizons of John Lyon students, equipping them for life at university. The Union schedule is wide ranging and varied and has included visits from a former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Hennessy and Holocaust survivor, Freddie Knoller. This is in addition to other talks and events run by departments, such as the annual Economics symposium and Cabinet Office day hosted at the government offices in Whitehall.
Sport plays a key part in Sixth Form life. Students have excellent facilities and specialist coaches who encourage them to push themselves to be the best they can possibly be. Students can choose from a wide range of sports including, among others, Football, Cricket, Hockey, Basketball, Water Polo, Badminton, Athletics, Tennis, Golf and Judo. We play many competitive fixtures and national competitions in all sports on offer. Students at John Lyon are supported in their sporting endeavours inside and outside school and we have a number of pupils who play at a representative level or who go on to contracts in professional sport.