John Lyon is a leading independent boys’ day school, based in the picturesque Harrow-on-the-Hill in northwest London.

Academic excellence is at the very heart of what John Lyon achieves for the 600 boys who study here. We give pupils a good grounding in all the major academic subjects. Dedicated teachers work to develop learning skills, creativity and the ability to apply. Building on this platform, our boys perform well from the point they join us – whether at age 11, 13 or 16 – and achieve excellent results in public examinations at GCSE and A level. Most students gain places at leading UK universities and then move on into the workplace in a huge and varied range of valued professions.

A John Lyon boy also gains from his time outside the classroom. In particular, we have a strong and growing reputation for the strength of our music, art, performing arts and sport. Add to this an exciting co-curricular timetable focusing on each boy’s sense of community, achievement and wellbeing, a range of more than 70 extra-curricular activities from astronomy to R&B, and pastoral care that is second to none, you have a school designed to nurture high-achieving and happy boys for their time with us and well beyond.

The charitable ethos that has run through John Lyon since its founding in 1876 shows no sign of slowing, and this generation of pupils, like their predecessors, engage in numerous charitable and community projects, giving time and raising money for projects in Harrow and beyond.

John Lyon’s public benefit objectives are to support the wider community through the sharing of expertise and facilities in sport, the arts and academia. We have strong links with school in the maintained sector, who regularly join events with our pupils; our facilities are used by local schools and community groups; we raise significant sums for local, national and international charities; we widen access to a John Lyon education through scholarship and bursary awards; and our pupils are seen out in the community all year round, giving their time to local initiatives.

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