JLS is unashamedly an academic school, dedicated to helping boys realise their full potential and go on to secure places at leading universities. Many opportunities exist to stretch particularly able students by enabling them to study in greater depth and obtain additional qualifications. These boys are supported by our Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator.
There is a strong academic core to the curriculum for the first five years. Up to the end of Year 11, all boys are required to study not only English and Mathematics, but also Science and at least one modern language. ICT is taught to all boys in their first year and there are opportunities to use technology in all subject areas and in all year groups.
All boys take at least nine GCSE subjects. However, we do not believe in increasing the total number of GCSEs much beyond this, preferring to focus instead on the quality of the grades that can be achieved.
Results in GCSE and at A Level have been excellent in relation to the national average for maintained schools. They have been far above the national average for boys in maintained schools.
ISI Inspection Report 2010
In the Sixth Form, The John Lyon School stands out for its flexible approach. Unlike many schools, we try not to let timetable clashes prevent boys from following their preferred combination of subjects: instead we simply ask pupils what they would like to study, and then we do whatever is necessary to make it possible.
JLS offers an extensive range of traditional academic AS and A-Levels. Some of our more recent additions to this range, such as Psychology, Music Technology and Critical Thinking, have extended the creative aspects of the Sixth Form curriculum.
Our most recent ISI Inspection Report can be downloaded as a pdf below.