Activities - Beyond the Classroom

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At The John Lyon School we take the personal development of our pupils seriously. The Head and Senior Management Team believe strongly that activity, physicality and challenge help to strengthen a character. Indeed, it is this holistic approach to education which ensures that when boys leave the School, they are as prepared as they can be for the challenges ahead. Consequently, boys are encouraged to participate in School life from the moment they arrive. We are proud of our extensive range of activities. These make full use of the talents and personal skills of our staff, most of whom are high-achievers in their own right.

In the first two years, a varied activities programme is provided for all boys as part of their Friday afternoon timetable, structured around three areas: creativity, action and service. Boys are put into special groups of about 12, giving them the chance to make new friends. Many of these activities are designed to complement what boys learn during the rest of the week. For example, while football (soccer) is traditionally the main winter sport at JLS, during Friday afternoon activities, boys can try their hand at rugby under the expert eye of a Middlesex County Coach. Water polo is a highlight for many boys, while pupils also enjoy archery, an historically important sport at JLS, which is learned in the Bowmen of Harrow’s range at our Sudbury Hill playing fields. Examples of other activities include: group art and the Living Safely course (incorporating elements of Personal, Health and Social Education).

As well as the timetabled Friday afternoon activities, almost 100 clubs, societies and activities are available each term before and after school, as well as at lunchtimes.

Expert instruction and coaching in a wide range of sports.

Below you will find our Activities Programme, which highlights the diverse clubs, societies and activities which are available to our pupils.