The John Lyon School,约翰莱恩中学，约翰莱恩学校 Middle Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA2 0HN
Tel: 020 8872 8400 Fax: 020 8872 8455
• BOYS, 11–18, Day
• Pupils 550, Upper sixth 75
• Termly fees £3395
• Enquiries to the Headmaster. Application to the Admissions Secretary
What it’s like
Founded in 1876, it has agreeable premises on the west side of Harrow Hill
amidst gardens. There are spacious playing fields nearby. There have been
substantial additions and improvements over the years including an assembly
hall, laboratories, library, sports hall and a swimming pool. Boys spend their
first year in Oldfield, the junior school, which is housed in a separate
building. Some religious education is provided weekly for all pupils throughout
the school. There are regular school assemblies. A sound general education is
given and examination results are very good. Music and drama are strong. A fair
range of sports and games is provided and there is a plentiful variety of
extra-curricular activities. Sixth formers are sponsored for leadership training
with Outward Bound. About 120 boys a year are involved in Duke of Edinburgh’s
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 11–18; 550 day boys.
Entrance: Main entry ages 11, 13 and 16. Own entrance exam used. State
school entry, 50% main intake (plus few to sixth form).
Scholarships & bursaries 12 pa scholarships awarded at 11, 13 and 16.
Head & staff
Headmaster: Kevin Riley, in post from 2005.
Teaching staff: 50 full time, 2 part time. Annual turnover 7%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 85 pupils in fifth: 95% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects, 4% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 64 (60 over 5 years).
A-levels: 75 in upper sixth: 15% passed in 4+ subjects; 75% in 3
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 348.
University & college entrance 87% of sixth-form leavers go on to a
degree course (10% after a gap year), 6% to Oxbridge. 9% take courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 38% in science & engineering, 33% in
humanities & social sciences, 20% in other vocational subjects eg estate
management, computing, banking, music. Others typically go on to professional
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 22 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
general studies taught but not examined. 46% take science A-levels; 34%
arts/humanities; 20% both. Key skills taught where covered in AS-levels.
Languages: French and German offered to GCSE and A-level. Regular
exchanges to France.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1 lesson/week in Years 7–8) and
across the curriculum. 36+ computers for pupil use (8 hours a day), all
networked and with e-mail and internet access.
Music: Over 30% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 6 musical groups including choirs, orchestras, wind band,
Drama: Drama offered at GCSE and A-level. Some pupils are involved in
school productions and house/other productions.
Art & design: On average, 14 take GCSE, 4 A-level. Design, pottery and
photography also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Football, cross-country, cricket, athletics, swimming compulsory.
Optional: tennis, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, archery, karate, golf,
squash. 5 county players (soccer and cricket).
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service optional. Up to 15 clubs, eg computer, stamp, bridge,
chess, photography, art, indoor games, debating, karate.
Uniform: School uniform to Year 11; dress code in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head boy, head of house
and house prefects – appointed by the Headmaster.
Religion: All pupils attend assemblies.
Social: Choral concerts, theatrical events and community service jointly
with other local schools. Foreign trips to eg France, Germany; cricket tour to
South Africa, ski trip to USA. Pupils allowed to bring own bike to school; car
in upper sixth. Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect lines
or lunch-time detention; those caught with illegal drugs on the premises can
expect to be told to leave the school.