Independent School in Barnet

Situated in the leafy suburb of New Barnet, Lyonsdown School provides a happy, secure environment in which children can thrive and achieve personal excellence.

Lyonsdown has the facilities for high quality teaching and learning, yet is small enough for each child to be nurtured as an individual. Class sizes allow the caring, well qualified staff to help pupils achieve high standards, not only academically, but creatively and physically in an atmosphere of relaxed purposefulness.

Founded in 1906, the school has built on traditional values to create a curriculum and environment to prepare children to take their place in the 21st century.

Our philosophy is that a child’s education is a shared responsibility between school and home. We positively encourage the support of parents, offering a partnership that embraces regular contact and communication.

The Early Years Foundation Stage creates the basis on which future building blocks of learning can be developed. Great care is given to the development of social skills, confidence and enthusiasm for learning, both in the classroom and in the outdoor learning areas. Children are encouraged to progress and develop their skills, knowledge and understanding across seven areas of learning. Reception children are introduced to specialist teachers for computing, music, French, PE, art and science.

Pupils continue their learning in the Lower School under the pastoral care of their class teachers. Specialist teaching extends to include design and technology.

Lyonsdown education continues for girls in the Upper School. Throughout years 3 to 6, 8 to 11-year-olds extend their knowledge of subjects, studying them in greater depth. They develop the disposition needed to become self-motivated learners. Pupils are encouraged to become critical thinkers, to express thoughts and feelings, to write creatively and use their imagination. They enjoy using their numeracy skills, interpreting and using data and applying their knowledge to problem solving situations. Computing, including coding, is an integral part of work across the curriculum and specialist teaching extends to Maths and English from Year 4.

Pupils’ education is supplemented through a wide variety of educational visits and visitors from the community, such as theatre groups and interactive workshops. Year 5 and 6 participate in residential trips during the Summer Term.

During Year 6, many girls sit entrance examinations for leading independent and selective maintained schools. External test results continue to be excellent.

We place a high priority on personal development. Growth in moral, spiritual and cultural values is encouraged as part of the everyday ethos of the school. Daily collective worship is broadly Christian in character in accordance with the school’s foundation, but actively includes learning from other faiths. Assemblies provide an opportunity for the school community to gather together to consider spiritual and moral issues. Pupils are encouraged to develop their physical skills through a variety of activities. PE is considered to be an important ingredient in the development of confidence and team work, and is taught in a large purpose built gymnasium from an early age. The Upper School girls also use off site facilities for sport and games. Healthy competition is embraced and children’s achievements – in and out of school – are celebrated. As pupils move through the school, foundations are laid in the sports of netball, hockey, football, athletics, rounders and tennis.

Lyonsdown School Trust Ltd, a registered charity (No. 312591), aims to keep fees low in order to make independent education available to a wider community.

Headmaster: Mr Christopher Hammond