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More rounded and less single-mindedly academic than some of its competitors, with a broader range of ability. Inspiring and personalised learning are further draws for parents. ‘They have this ability to bring out the best in every child – they nurture talent rather than expecting pupils to already be really swotty and amazing,’ said one. While pupils are expected to drop some or all the extras at the doorsteps of other schools in favour of the academics, quite the opposite happens here. The only thing that may hold them back…

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The John Lyon School is a successful and well regarded independent HMC boys school situated in Harrow on the Hill. We are approximately twelve miles from the centre of London. The School is easily accessible from two nearby underground stations and is also served by a number of local bus routes.
The School was founded in 1876 by John Lyon, a wealthy Elizabethan farmer. Today the Harrow Foundation comprises of Harrow School, The John Lyon School, Harrow International Schools and John Lyons Charity.
The original buildings have been greatly augmented over the years, most recently with a multi-million pound development of a new Science wing, second Drama Studio and new Fitness Suite. A series of planned projects will further enhance the quality of facilities at the School. The general standard of teaching accommodation is excellent, with subjects taught in clustered classrooms. Departments are well resourced including interactive whiteboards and dedicated office space. We have a sports centre on the main site, which includes an excellent swimming pool, and our 25 acre sports ground, Sudbury, is just a few minutes away.
The School aims to give an all-round education, developing every boy to his maximum potential in a happy and caring environment. The emphasis is not only on high academic achievement but also on musical, artistic and creative skills, together with sport and extra-curricular activities. Pupils join us principally from schools in the London boroughs of Harrow, Hillingdon, Ealing and Brent, but a good number travel from much further afield.
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Since 2009, Katherine Haynes, BA MEd NPQH (early 50s). Attended Oxford High School (‘No doubt that’s the reason I’m driven in the way I am’), before reading maths at Warwick, followed by an MEd. Then taught in the Midlands, becoming head of maths at Edgbaston High School, followed by Warwick School, where she first started out as a school inspector and took the professional training scheme for headship.

Last time we met her, she told us she felt she ‘could provide a different perspective’ and had big plans afoot to expand the academic and extracurricular offering, as well as polish up the pastoral care. So has she done it? You bet, say parents, and what’s more she’s modernised facilities, amalgamated the school with local prep school Quainton Hall (making it...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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