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Harrow’s John Lyon school students excel in A-Levels despite national decline

Despite a national decline in higher grades, students from John Lyon School in Harrow have achieved remarkable A-Level results and are set to embark on their journey to top UK universities.

The school’s commitment to holistic education and its wide range of opportunities beyond the classroom have contributed to these impressive outcomes, highlighting its academic prowess.

Notably, students will pursue sought-after courses, including medicine, dentistry, engineering, and others, at institutions such as Cambridge, Bristol, and London School of Economics.

Josh Holloway, a student at the school, achieved straight A* A* A* A* and an additional A* in the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). With his highly impressive five A*s, Josh will study engineering at the prestigious University of Cambridge.

Josh, a sixth form academic scholar, embedded himself in all areas of school life, including in his role as sustainability prefect, on the tennis court and as a talented musician.

Josh said: “I am extremely pleased with my straight A*s and am delighted to be heading to Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge. I want to thank all my teachers for everything they have done for me. The support from them as well as my family has been immense.”

Varun Valentine scored straight A* A* A* with an additional A* in EPQ. With his four A*s, Varun will be heading into central London to study medicine at Imperial College London. At School, he is a member of the Head Boy Team as communication monitor.

As part of this role, he has worked with the School’s marketing and communications department to produce the sixth form newsletter, a largely student-run publication.

Varun is a sixth form academic scholar and music scholar, and has performed on the Boyd Campbell Hall stage on a number of occasions as both a musician and in debating. He also created and ran the junior biomedical society.

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Varun celebrating. Image: John Lyon School

Varun said: “I am speechless – it’s been a roller-coaster and I have been blessed with an amazing family, friends and teachers. The School has been extremely supportive and I am really excited for the future. The best part is that John Lyon School has helped me fulfill my dream of becoming a doctor!”

Andrew MacKenzie was awarded A* A* A and will study computer gameplay design and production at Staffordshire University. Andrew is a sixth form academic scholar and has spent a lot of his time at School supporting the fantastic AV department, covering high-profile events and recording and streaming concerts, plays, assemblies and guest visitor talks for John Lyon School’s official YouTube channel.

Andrew MacKanzie said: “I feel great, and I am so happy with my results. It’s very pleasing to see that the hard work has paid off. I would like to thank my teachers for their efforts and their support. I wouldn’t have done it without them.”

Sahit Sahni received A* A A A and an additional A* in EPQ. He will studying electrical and electronic engineering at the University of Manchester. Sahit recently joined John Lyon at 16+ in the Lower Sixth (Year 12) as an academic scholar and became an Excellence Monitor as part of the Head Boy Team. He also kept busy running the School’s Academic Society.

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Sahit. Image: John Lyon School

Sahit said: “I am extremely thrilled with my results! It’s been a really enjoyable couple of years in the sixth form and I am very thankful to my family and teachers for all of their encouragement. If you are considering joining John Lyon at 16+ for sixth form studies, I would certainly recommend it. The School has enabled me to achieve these terrific results.”

Rafi Smith received A* A A and will be going on to study politics and international studies at the University of Warwick, a top-10 UK institution. Rafi is a drama scholar and, it will therefore come as no surprise, a strong actor and performer.

He is part of the Head Boy Team as events monitor and is involved with charitable initiatives. He is also a keen footballer and represented the School team.

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Rafi. Image: John Lyon School

Rafi said: “I am absolutely elated! The last few days leading up to today have been stressful but when I finally opened the envelope, standing together with my mum and dad, all the pressure was alleviated. I am so grateful to everyone who has helped me during my time at John Lyon!”

Rishi Patel received straight A A A with an additional A in the EPQ and will read industrial economics at the University of Nottingham. As an event prefect, Rishi has been involved in a number of charity initiatives at the School.

Rishi said: “I am overjoyed with my results and am very proud of myself for achieving them. A huge thanks must go to my teachers for helping me.”

Harrow's John Lyon school students excel in A-Levels despite national decline Harrow Online