Bursaries & Scholarships

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The deadline for Bursary and Scholarship Applications for 2018 entry is October 31st 2017.

We are not accepting any further applications for financial support for entry into 2018.

The John Lyon School (JLS) is committed to widening access for local families, enabling sons of those who could not otherwise afford the fees to benefit from a top-quality independent school education. This corresponds to the original intention of John Lyon, who, when he founded Harrow School in 1572, stated that he wished to provide an education for boys in the parish. Each year, the School makes available significant levels of funding to support bursaries and scholarships at the 11+ and 13+ entry levels.

The closing date for receipt of all applications is 31st October in the year preceding the September of entry.
All successful award holders are required to take on responsibilities to contribute to the positive life of the School published here.


We shall consider applications in the following categories of competitive Scholarships for boys entering the School each September. We award scholarships to candidates of outstanding ability and potential in each of the categories:-

  • Academic, based on performances in our 11+ and 13+ entrance examinations and at GCSE for Sixth Form entrants

  • All-rounder Scholarships, based on performances in our 11+ and 13+ entrance examinations

  • Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships. Separate applications are required for these awards. Potential candidates for Art, Drama, Music and Sport Scholarships will be called for special selection interviews and tests as appropriate after the entrance examinations or Sixth Form interviews.

Scholarships normally provide for between £500 and £2,000 of the tuition fees each year.



JLS annually offers a number of means tested bursaries to boys who demonstrate exceptional talent. Please request a ‘Confidential Statement of Financial Circumstances Form’ to support an application for a Bursary award. This can be obtained from the Admissions Office. Details of the Conditions of a Scholarship, Bursary or John Lyon’s Charity award are outlined below.