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John Lyon School
Middle Road

T    020 8515 9434

  • Headmaster: Miss Katherine Haynes
  • Type: Co-educational Independent day 
  • Number of pupils: Approx. 596
  • Admissions:   Age 4+ (Reception), Age 7+ (Year 3), Age 11+ (Year 7) and 13+ (Year 9), Sixth Form: 16+ (Year 12)
  • Age: Range 4 to 19
  • ISI Report: John Lyon School ISI Report

John Lyon School 11 Plus Admission

The admissions process at John Lyon tests each pupil academically, as well as containing elements we use to learn about their character and to give us an insight into a pupil’s ‘teachability’.

Our tests do not contain ‘trick’ questions and we aim to create a level playing field to allow future John Lyon pupils to shine.

Offers are made based on a combination of the testing and interviews, as well as a reference from the applicant’s current school. We use the entrance tests to identify potential Academic Scholars.

11+ selection is based upon performance in our entrance examinations, school reports, interview and group activity. 13+ selection is based upon performance in our entrance examinations, school reports and an interview. We are an academically selective school and potential and achievement in at least one major academic area is required of all successful applicants.

Key Dates

Friday 15th October 2021Closing date for 11+ and 13+ registrations for entry in September 2022
Friday 15th October 2021Closing date for 11+ and 13+ Music, Sport, STEAM and Drama Scholarship applications for entry in September 2022
Friday 15th October 2021Closing date for 11+ and 13+ bursary applications for entry in September 2022
Monday 8th – Tuesday 20th November 2021Scholarship assessments
Monday 31st January 2022Closing date for 16+ registrations for entry in September 2022

11+ Examinations

The entrance examination is in three parts:

  • English examination – 1 hour
  • Mathematics examination – 1 hour
  • Group activity and interview – 2 hours

We focus attention on the basic spelling and grammar skills of entrants alongside comprehension and creativity. The format is typically a comprehension passage followed by a creative writing element, usually involving a picture stimulus which is the format of much of this type of task up to and including IGCSE examinations. This might be either non-fiction or fiction and pupils should be prepared for either. The content of the comprehension is aimed at the level of a confident Year 6 pupil. We have a level of intellectual rigour in our teaching in Year 7 and it is important that pupils can make this necessary ‘step-up’ on arrival. Students are expected to be able to offer comments on the effect of choices made by the writers and questions are graduated in complexity.

Pupils should be reading widely and frequently, outside as well as in school, for pleasure and information. They should be able to read silently, with good understanding, inferring the meanings of unfamiliar words, and then discuss what they have read.

The test in English is written to identify pupils who are confident with language, in their reading, comprehension and writing.  In addition, pupils’ grammar, spelling and punctuation should be accurate and handwriting neat and legible. Marks will be awarded specifically for this area in the creative element of the paper.

The 11+ Mathematics examination requires knowledge of all topics from the Mathematics Key Stage 2 National Curriculum. Candidates will encounter problems that test these topics across a range of difficulty levels in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts. Few candidates are expected to be able to answer every question. The specimen paper, available on our website, is representative of the difficulty of the questions likely to be encountered and as such provides an excellent preparation for the examination.

Calculators are not permitted. Where appropriate, the best candidates will show complete working to support their answers; we are looking for pupils who can develop clear and concise solutions rather than just those who can reach the correct answer.

Group Activities
As part of the entrance examinations day, boys and girls will take part in a series of group activities. These are not academic tests, but an opportunity for us to see how boys and girls respond to different problems and how they work in practical circumstances. As a school that values potential highly, we observe these activities to judge the ‘teachability’ of potential Lyonians and what they will add to the whole School community.

These activities cannot be prepared for, but will include small group tasks and problem-solving challenges.

All applicants are interviewed by an academic member of the Senior Team. The interview will be done in a small group and boys and girls will be asked to talk about a topic, which may be academic, or based on current affairs or similar. It is an opportunity for pupils to tell us more about his interests and aspirations and our experience is that many pupils enjoy our interviews and leave us smiling.

Candidates are with us for the whole day. There will be a lunch break between the two sections.

No explicit preparation is required for the interview.