The ethos of the Foundation is to maximise the educational opportunities for all children and young people. As such, it is committed to providing bursary opportunities for children from all walks of life to attend both Harrow School and John Lyon School.

Currently, there are 9 pupils at Harrow and 33 pupils at John Lyon School on some form of bursary assistance from John Lyon’s Charity. Bursaries are means-tested and designed to provide boys with the opportunity of a first-class education that they would not normally be able to access.

John Lyon’s Charity is committed to allocating up to 15% of its income each year to bursary support for young people from the Beneficial Area. Up to three bursary places are available each year at John Lyon School and up to two places each year at Harrow School. Bursaries are typically 90% awards and are targeted at those pupils whose family wealth and background would normally exclude them from applying.

In addition, John Lyon’s Charity awards bursaries for girls from the Beneficial Area to attend a variety of independent girls’ day schools including North London Collegiate School, St Paul’s Girls School and Northwood College, as well as boarding at Christ’s Hospital School.

Bursary awards are made to the institutions, not to individual bursary candidates. Eligible bursary holders must have lived in the Charity’s Beneficial Area for at least two years before receiving the award and not be able to access these institutions without financial assistance.

More information on the Charity’s bursary awards can be found here.

More information on bursaries and scholarships at John Lyon School and Harrow School can be found at