John Lyon

In November 2020, John Lyon and Quainton Hall came together to offer an all-through education to children, from Nursery to Sixth Form.

The combined School brings together John Lyon’s 600 pupils aged 11 to 18, with Quainton Hall’s 200 pupils aged two to 11, to create a School for the 21st century with the benefit of a great history and heritage.

A shared Ethos

John Lyon and Quainton Hall are schools that share similar educational values. Both place a great focus on the importance of an all-round education; that learning and development both in and outside the classroom help develop confident, successful and happy children. The schools have come together with both being in positions of strength. Pupil numbers are secure and both schools have recently received the highest Excellent-Excellent school inspection reports.

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A simplified route to senior school

For many years pupils have moved up to John Lyon from Quainton Hall and we enjoy a long-established and positive working relationship. Becoming a unified 2-to-18 school enhances and streamlines this process. All Quainton Hall pupils, both boys and girls, now receive an unconditional offer of a place at John Lyon in Year 7, without the need to sit an entrance examination. The Admissions process and entry criteria into Quainton Hall at Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep will remain consistent.

In time we anticipate the move from Quainton Hall to John Lyon will become the preferred route for all pupils. We will also maintain our good relationship with other local schools, giving all the necessary support to children who may choose to leave Quainton Hall at the end of Year 6, wherever they may choose to go next.

Shared benefits

The facilities at Quainton Hall — Swimming pool, Art and Design Centre, AstroTurf pitch, ICT suite and modern classrooms with interactive whiteboards — are exceptional for Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep education. In becoming an important part of a larger senior School younger children can now access even greater facilities, such as 25 acres of playing fields and bespoke Drama and Music studios. When and wherever possible pupils and teachers on both sites will work collaboratively for the benefit of all.

There is now also greater capacity to develop the facilities on the Quainton Hall site on a scale not previously possible, and extra expertise to deliver these developments efficiently and with minimal disruption to the education of the pupils. One of the first completed projects at Quainton Hall has been a full upgrade to the School’s kitchens, to allow us to further improve the popular School lunches. Quainton Hall also benefits from now being part of the wider John Lyon’s Foundation, which includes John Lyon’s Charity and Harrow School.

Next Steps

John Lyon and Quainton Hall continue to operate from their own School sites, in Harrow-on-the-Hill and in central Harrow. Each school continues to have its own leadership team, which will work closely together.

Admissions Contacts

For admission to Quainton Hall — Nursery to Year 6, please contact
Mrs Nishma Aleksin-Shah
020 8861 8851

For admissions to John Lyon — Year 7 to Year 13, please contact
Miss Rebecca Davies
020 8515 9443