• Tom Salter

  • 2016/17

    J. Gandhi

  • 2015/16

    R. Noye-Allen

    Rhys was Head Boy for the academic year 2015-2016 and was very proud to have been Head Boy during the school’s 140th Anniversary Year.  As part of the celebrations Rhys had the pleasure of attending and, in some cases, hosting events held by the school, particularly those involving Old Lyonians.

    During his time as Head Boy Rhys introduced ‘old boy lunches’ where Old Lyonians were invited back to the school to discuss their successful careers with the present boys. This new event inspired current pupils to think about possible career paths and gave them the opportunity to ask how these Old Lyonians benefited from their experience at John Lyon. Rhys also hosted and took part in the first Head Boy golf challenge in which pupils, parents, teachers and Old Lyonians all came together to enjoy a round of golf; with a competitive edge.  Rhys hoped that this would become a tradition and a regular feature in the Old Lyonian calendar.

    In 2017 Rhys began his three year undergraduate course in history at University College London, having been inspired by the John Lyon History Department.

    Rhys remembers his time at John Lyon fondly and will always be extremely grateful for the opportunities that the school provided. He is also delighted to have been able to lead the school as Head Boy in such an historical year in the life of the school. In the future Rhys plans to remain involved with the school, taking part in Old Lyonian events which occur throughout the year; he is particularly keen to take part in future Head Boy golf challenges.

  • A. Aristides


    Alex was Head Boy for the academic year 2014-2015. Throughout his time as Head Boy, Alex took a genuine interest in the welfare of all boys, hoping to inspire the next generation of leaders at the School. He and his team continued John Lyon’s esteemed charity work, finding innovative ways to raise funds and awareness for the School’s chosen charity, Shelter. An example of this was the Senior Prefect Team’s rough sleep, notably ranked in the top five percent of JustGiving donations for the year 2015.

    Alongside his role as Head Boy, Alex also enjoyed the privilege of leading the School’s 1st XI football team, becoming the first boy to hold both roles simultaneously. Alex was certainly proud of the achievements of his team, with the 1st XI of 2014-2015 going on to break the School’s record for number of wins in a season.

    One of Alex’s fondest memories of his last year at John Lyon was Speech Day 2015. He is thankful to previous Head Boys for letting him plagiarise parts of their speeches, and even more thankful to the audience for laughing at his poor attempts at humour.

    Following an impressive set of A-level results, Alex began a three year BA in History at University College London, where he is heavily involved in the Football Club, and spends most of his days reminiscing about his time at John Lyon.

    Alex still gives his continuous support for all Old Lyonian activities, and plays for the Old Lyonian 1st XI football team when time permits. He is hugely grateful to the School for an unforgettable seven years, and to Michelle Gascoine for her outstanding work as the School’s Alumni Relations Officer. Alex intends to remain actively involved with the Old Boy’s Association for a long time to come, and perhaps even become a governor at some point in the future.

  • J Banks


    Josh was Head Boy for the academic year 2013-14. In this time, he and his team were able to put on more charity events than ever before, including the Hanuman Chalisa which made a big contribution towards the school fundraising record of £21,000. Josh was also able to reintegrate the sixth form as a whole back into the school community, helping to make the school a more paternal environment. One of his highlights was Speech Day 2014, where there was a real sense that as the school came together for the final time in the academic year, that John Lyon was a stronger and more vibrant community than it had ever been before, and that the school had a bright future ahead of it.

    Following his departure from John Lyon, Josh began a three year BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, at the University of Warwick where he currently resides.

    Josh is hugely grateful to the school for what they did for him both on an academic and a personal level and is particularly thankful for the chance to lead the school in his final year. He continues to take an interest in the daily life of the school and hopes to become involved with the Old Boys association in some capacity in the future.

  • T Gelernter


  • M Duncan


    Michael Duncan was Head of School in 2011-2012.  As Head of School, he worked to enhance the role of the Prefects, expanded links between the Sixth Form and the rest of the school, and developed ideas like the guide which is still given to new boys each year.  He greatly enjoyed the experience and warmly remembers working with staff and fellow students alike.  After John Lyon, he went to university at York, where he currently reads History and is heavily involved in the life of his college.

  • M G Patel


    Milan thoroughly enjoyed his time as Head Boy and his most memorable experience was perhaps speaking at St Pauls Cathedral to a congregation of almost two and a half thousand people. “Being able to speak on behalf of the school for the anniversary of John Lyon gave me immense pleasure and heartfelt thanks towards the school for giving me the opportunities that I am able to take on in future”.

    His time as Head Boy was also an exciting period for The John Lyon School – new extensions, greater academic excellence, all of which would not have been possible without the sustained effort of Miss Katherine Haynes who Milan particularly enjoyed working with in his final year

    After school Milan undertook a gap year in which he spent part of his time gaining experience within the field of finance and of course no gap year would be compete without a trip abroad, Milan was no exception; he spent time in South East Asia.

    In 2012 Milan began university at University College London studying Economics and Mathematical Statistics a course he is very much enjoying and hopes will enable him to pursue a career in financial consulting. Though no longer a pupil the values and insights he has gained from The John Lyon School and his time as Head Boy will carry him in good stead.

  • N A Herman


  • J Caldecourt


    After leaving school in 2009, James spent a gap year working at Harrow International School, Bangkok.

    James then went to university to complete undergraduate and master's degrees.

    He currently works in Westminster politics and is a Vice-President of the Old Lyonian Association.

  • A M Watters


    After leaving the John Lyon School Andy Watters spent four years at Warwick University studying for a BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and an MA in International Political Economy. Whilst there he undertook two summer internships with the Financial Services Authority and worked as a Student Ambassador. Most of Andy’s spare time was devoted to Latin American and Ballroom dancing, helping organise events for the club and continuing his study of French (and some Mandarin).  Andy had a fantastic time at Warwick and would recommend the university, and the course, to anyone considering studying there.

    In October 2012 Andy joined the Bank of England as a graduate analyst.  He presently works the Risk Management division of the Bank undertaking credit risk analysis of financial institutions and sovereign issuers, and also spend some of his time collecting market information from contacts in the asset management industry.  The role is extremely varied and allows Andy to get involved in a whole host of work happening around the Bank, as well as attending seminars on economic analysis and financial stability.  Andy started French evening classes and hopes to undertake a sponsored MSc in Economics in a few years’ time. Currently his ultimate ambition is to work for the IMF as a policy analyst, though that goal has changed frequently over the last few years.

    Andy has very fond memories of the John Lyon School and especially of his year as Head Boy. The first social events with North London Collegiate Girls’ School were a great success and helped to establish long-lasting friendships. The lunchtime Reading Group for students in Year 9 was also extremely enjoyable to set up and run.

    Finally, he will never forget the kindness and generosity that the staff treated him with. Andy learnt an indescribable amount from them, both academically and otherwise, and he would like to reiterate the thanks to them he expressed in his leaving speech.

  • S Jethwa


    The 'BBC Apprentice' style "you're hired" event around the Red House boardroom table; where Sameer’s name was called as the chosen Head of School immediately changed things. From that moment on, he was not just a sixth former; but new responsibilities were placed upon him. Identifying these, however, was somewhat a challenge in itself. After having congratulated himself and processed the sense of achievement, the first thing Sameer learnt was that there are no rules.

    Sameer had the opportunity to create and mould the role in his own very way; he was almost encouraged to do this by peers and staff. 'Light hearted' yet 'ambitious' is how he hoped his leadership would be described. Events were something Sameer felt strongly about as they provide the ability for entire school involvement and especially for the younger years, something to look forward to. Sameer still believes they provided the school with one of, if not, the most, memorable staff karaoke that year! This he felt was integral to his position, to inspire and provide a role model for the boys younger than he.  

    After JLS Sameer moved onto Kings College London to study Dentistry, where he was involved with various student and curriculum committees - something which his Head Boy role had prepared him for.  Sameer graduated with BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) in 2012 and, after a training year in Cornwall has now returned to work in London. Currently, Sameer is continuing postgraduate education in Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics, along with membership examinations to the Royal College of Surgeons.

    John Lyon has a sense of community that Sameer hopes is never lost. It was an honor and privilege to be a part of it, as a student and as Head of School.  He firmly believes he has been provided a foundation, which allows him the confidence to set goals and attempt to achieve them - personal and professional, many years after leaving school, and he has still been asked about his position as Head Boy at every job interview. Sameer wants to stay involved with the OLA, especially to help the pupils in any career decisions they may be making.

    There's only one thing Sameer would have changed - he wished it could have lasted longer!

  • P M Burke


    After leaving The John Lyon School, Paul went to Worcester College, Oxford, to read Music and then to the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) for an MA in Composition.

    Since finishing at RAM Paul has moved back to Oxford, where he works as a freelance musician. That job has thus far encompassed writing choral music for release on the Naxos record label, composing scores for independent films, and conducting world premieres in St Paul’s Cathedral and in the Brighton sewer system!

    Paul has happy memories of being at the School, and of his year as Head Boy. Working with the team of prefects, the biggest and most rewarding task was to organise the Leavers’ Ball – though the fact that they had their own office was a big perk too! Preparing to speak at Speech Day was intimidating, Andy remembers, but he actually had fun doing it and it made for an enjoyable end to his time at the School.

  • J D J Breakell


  • J E Mott


  • A V Lakhani


  • D S Bennett


    Daniel was Head Boy at The John Lyon School during a time of change for the School.  He enjoyed the challenge of being Head Boy in Dr Ray’s first year as Headmaster which brought about opportunities for new developments such as the 6th Form Council and the Leavers’ Ball.

    Alongside several brave fellow monitors, Daniel also dressed up for a Charity Karaoke competition as one of five Spice Girls in a memorably off-key performance of the smash hit “Wannabe”. He is very confident that they didn’t win, but were given the highly dubious honour of the “monitor who looked most like a woman” by his colleagues.

    More seriously, Daniel particularly remembers leading the school in prayer after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre.

    At a time when it felt as if the world was in danger of becoming more religiously divided, Daniel believed that the school offered an admirable model where boys’ mutual respect, friendship and sense of fun ensured that religious difference was celebrated rather than feared.

    Since leaving John Lyon, Daniel has pursued academic interests in war and media, he studied Modern History at Oxford University before completing a PhD at the War Studies Department, King's College London. In 2013, he published a book on the BBC's coverage of war and terrorism in the internet era entitled Digital Media and Reporting Conflict.

    At the weekends, Daniel has been regularly "filling in" at centre back for the Old Lyonians football team and is actively involved in his local Anglican church.

  • J B Murray


    Jon joined The John Lyon School in 1994 and served as Head of School from September 2000.  In his final years at the School, he was also the captain of the tennis team (even though he was not known for his athleticism!).

    He went on to achieve a Master of Mathematics (MMath) degree from the University of Warwick and was awarded Associate Membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications having topped his degree class.  Following on from this he joined Deutsche Bank in the summer of 2005 and has remained there ever since.

    Jon started life at Deutsche within the Convertible Bond origination team and in 2007 became a structuring analyst for the Convertible Bond Trading desk.  Since then he has spent his time working within Convertible Bonds as a link between origination and trading.  In 2009 he was given responsibility for the EMEA Convertible Bonds Analytics function and in 2012 his remit was extended to include the Asia-Pacific and Japan regions.  He currently leads a team of Convertible Bonds analysts and is a Director of the bank.

    Acting as Head Boy of the school was a tremendous honour and it will always remain one of the proudest periods of Jon’s life.  He remains humbled and extremely grateful to have been selected from a year group that included several candidates whom he felt were more than worthy of the title. 

    Jon’s first memory of any "action" in the role, was reading at St. Mary's on the first day of the school year, he remembers it as if it were yesterday.  After a dry run with the then Headmaster and man of the cloth Rev. Tim Wright, clearly a gentleman who was well versed on how one should deliver Biblical extracts and who gave Jon instruction to impart that particular reading with the utmost authority in his voice, a few hours later he fiercely and menacingly proclaimed "You are the salt of the earth" to a congregation that was still somewhat listless following the summer break.  One teacher told Jon several months later that it had been a booming wake-up call and an almost frightening experience that had made him jump out of his skin.  Enthusiasm had clearly gotten the better of Jon, a sign of how excited he was to be in the role and how privileged he felt to be following a line of others whom he had looked up to each year.

    Jon thoroughly enjoyed his year as Head Boy and has so many happy memories from it.  Speeches particularly are fondly remember and he can still picture Mrs Huggins, in his direct line of sight, chuckling away as he recalled the year's heroics from two exceptionally gifted juniors within her fledgling tennis team.  As Rev. Wright's final event prior to retirement, it was quite an event and one that Jon shall never forget.

  • N S A Smart


  • D P Connolly


  • C I E Davies


  • N Goh


  • O Smith


  • A Grey


  • A T Goldie


  • A J A Penny


  • R A Rivlin


  • A P Charters


  • A C Bentote


    Andrew was Head Boy in 1989/90 and left with very fond memories of the school. He really enjoyed the sporting side and played First XI Football and Cricket. Some say he was only in the team due to being Head Boy but he would dispute that! Great teachers and a fantastic education. The year as Head Boy went very fast. Andrew’s main memory was Mr Tavernor, saying that his last wish before he left the school in December was to put a Head Boy in detention. Thankfully he failed. The Lost Property Monitor also lost the Lost Property Book in the first week but it did improve from there.

    After studying French & German at the University of Birmingham Andrew joined a recruitment company called Michael Page plc and have been there ever since. He started on the Graduate Scheme in 1994 and worked across the Finance, Legal and Supply Chain sectors before transferring to Shanghai in 2009 to head up their China operations in Shanghai and Beijing.

    It was a fantastic experience being part of the growth of such a large country with some hugely rewarding (and frustrating) experiences. All was helped by the fact that Andrew’s boss is also an Old Lyonian (Gary James (OL 1973-80) so good to see the JL word spreading out across Asia-Pacific.

    In 2013 Andy moved to Hong Kong and now covers the Hong Kong and Southern China region. Interestingly enough he has also made contact with another Old Lyonian here – Nadeem Siddiqui. Andrew remains in regular contact with 2 or 3 other guys from his year.

  • A J Macfarlane


  • G Frangeskides


  • L J Halligan


  • I J N Frost


  • C J Baron


  • C P Geelan


  • D S Chisholm


  • A P Marsden


  • A L Worsley


  • M D Richards


    The John Lyon School evokes great memories of Phil Davies sweeping in to the old wooden gym, gown flowing to call the roll for those terrified 11 year olds sitting entrance exams. Of Bill Podmore’s inspired teaching of history and unwavering commitment to the badminton team. Of cold mornings running to the Ducker to swim in an even colder pool and playing football and cricket under the stewardship of Brian Holgate to whom I shall be forever grateful. Of Duke of Edinburgh with Roger French, squash with Kim Bruce-Lockhart, boisterous English in the company of Paddy Mearns,  characters like Alison Dillon and Nunky and of course Gus Surtees.

    All of which Mark left behind in 1979 and went to Birmingham University to study Law. In 1982 he went on to the College of Law in Guildford and took up a position as an articled clerk with Braby & Waller, a law firm in Fleet Street in the autumn of 1983.  Mark pursued a career in construction and engineering law and in 1988 moved to Masons who were a law firm specializing in this work.

    Mark stayed at Masons for the next 20 years although in the interim he made partner in 1993, got an MSc from Kings College, worked on major infrastructure projects in 20+ countries; advised on new build nuclear programmes in Poland, Switzerland, UAE and UK; was the lead legal adviser for 11 years on the Chernobyl Shelter Implementation Plan; and advised on all civil nuclear decommissioning programmes where this was a condition of EU accession.

    Mark left Masons (by then Pinsent Masons) in 2008 and took up his current role as Chief Counsel for International Operations for CH2M HILL, an American engineering and programme management firm where he leads the team providing legal support for operations outside USA in about 80 countries .

  • A J Pinnock


  • M J R Lancashire


  • J Leaton Gray


  • D J Barnard


  • P J Marshall


  • P R Styles


    Memories of a Head Boy by Peter Styles

    Being called into the study of the retiring Headmaster, Boyd Campbell, in the Red House at the end of my second year at John Lyon (in July 1968) to be asked if I would like to become Head Boy when I entered the Middle Sixth (more than four years off at the time); and being so taken aback that I blurted out, “Yes, of course, Sir, it would be an honour”, but then not telling anyone about this conversation.

    Being elected in the middle of the third year (in February 1969)) along with Andy Raffles (who was to become my Deputy Head of School in 1972) to the School Council newly formed by the new Headmaster, Gordon Surtees; and again being taken aback, because I was pretty sure I was not that popular among my peers.

    Almost blowing my prospective appointment as Head of School in July 1972 when Gordon Surtees found me stretched out on a Red House garden bench one sunny afternoon after the end of our Lower Sixth exams, and he not being impressed by my excuse that, “Oh, I had a late night last night, Sir.”

    Once appointed as Head of School for the duration of the Middle Sixth, walking to school from North Harrow every day (which took me half an hour) to arrive in time for a daily morning meeting with Gordon Surtees and Philip Davies (in 1972 newly appointed as Deputy Headmaster); and not knowing sometimes whether to take Philip’s observations seriously or humorously.

    The weekly challenge on a Monday morning of assembling the whole school in time for the masters to walk in for the weekly assembly by 8.50am; particularly on the not infrequent occasions when either the duty monitor or the responsible class prefect did not show up on time to organise the setting out of benches by the class on the roster that day; and indeed continuing to have nightmares about this weekly ritual going chaotically wrong well into my forties.

    Standing at the lectern in the Harrow School Speech Room in July 1973 to deliver the Head of School’s speech, my knees knocking inside my flared trousers, not helped by the lack of stability of my platform boots (which I wore to accompany my long hair as a matter of fashion honour, in spite of my 6ft 2in height.)

  • A H Watkiss


    Andrew Watkiss graduated from Cambridge University in 1976 in English Literature and has spent most of his career working as a Company Secretary.  He became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries in 1993 and won a landmark case under the Disability Discrimination Act in 1999.  Andrew is a volunteer trustee of Mind in Harrow and was Chairman until 2011 he was a member of the Mental Health Action Group of the Disability Rights Commission from 2003 to 2009.

    Andrew moved into the Sixth Form, at the turn of the decade these were revolutionary times: the younger pupils no longer had to wear shorts and caps (!) and some senior pupils were expelled for growing their hair long.  Andrew even managed to say something not quite a propos - in fact, quite anarchic - about fee paying schools in his address on Speech Day after which all subsequent Head Boys speeches have had to be vetted by The Head.

    Andrew has lived but a few hundred yards from the School since 1985, he has watched the staff grow older, and younger, and when he sees "the whining school-boy, with his satchel and shining morning face, creeping like a snail unwillingly to school" it reminds him that he must correspondingly have entered upon Shakespeare's fifth age of man: 'In fair round belly with good capon lined with eyes severe and beard of formal cut full of wise saws and modern instances'. (As You Like It) Actually Andrew looks nothing like that - but he thinks he may have accumulated some wisdom in forty one years!

  • D E Forcer


  • R J Hazel


  • J H Bryan


    John served as Head of School in the Autumn Term of 1969 whilst studying for his Oxbridge examinations.

    Studying music at The John Lyon School with Roger Williams, the charismatic Director of Music, shaped John Bryan's future career.  Vivid memories include singing treble in Bach’s St John Passion in Harrow School Speech Room, and playing oboe along with the Motet Choir on its visit to New York (and revising for A level English in Central Park!). After school he worked for a few months at Cambridge University Library cataloguing a collection of first editions of music by Haydn, and then spent four years studying music at the University of York in a very exciting new department.  Music at York was all about following one’s own interests, and John was a founder member there of a student ensemble performing medieval and renaissance music on copies of old instruments.

    The ensemble turned professional when they all graduated and this really led to the rest of his life, which has combined playing, researching and teaching.  John has performed and recorded internationally with ensembles such as the Rose Consort of Viols, Musica Antiqua of London and the Consort of Musicke.  Playing and lecturing has taken him to Canada, the USA and Hawaii as well as all over Europe, and he has recorded CDs for Naxos and many other labels, as well as several programmes for BBC Radio 3. Coaching early music at Leeds and Hull Universities led to a lectureship at the College of Ripon & York St John, and then in1994 John was appointed to lead the performance elements of the BMus (Hons) and MA in Music courses at the University of Huddersfield. He became Head of Music and Drama in 2005 and was appointed Professor of Music in 2007 in recognition of the international significance of his research and performances. John is currently supported by a major grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a five-year project from 2009 to 2014 to research The Making of the Viol in Tudor England.

    John is also an artistic adviser to York Early Music Festival (which he helped to found in 1977), founded the North East Early Music Forum, and is in demand as a tutor on early music summer schools and courses such as Dartington International Summer School. In addition to his interest in early music, John conducts the University of Huddersfield Choir and Orchestra in a wide range of music and he has also performed in every style from Handel and Bach to Stravinsky and Gorecki as conductor of York Chamber Orchestra.  John has also conducted performances of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Britten’s Albert Herring for York Opera, and Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, The Fairy Queen and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the University of Huddersfield.

  • R Shaw


    Robert was appointed as Head of School by Gordon Surtees in August 1968 as his first 'Head of School'. At their first meeting before term started, Joey Cummings quoted 'Some are born to be great, and some have greatness thrust upon them!' To be fair he had schooled Robert for six years!

    In his final year, Robert continued to enjoy singing in the choirs and being in the CCF as S.Sgt. Armourer. He was not able to enjoy the games in that winter after a serious vehicular accident at the CCF summer camp. One change Robert remembers under Gordon Surtees was to fit-out the monitor's room, but still a far cry from today's palatial aras in the old building, including what was the armoury.

    At times Gordon Surtees saw 1968/1969 as a difficult year of change, but it was survived and Robert was given the Eric Short prize. In the Harrow Speech Room, he remembered to keep his speech short, confidently telling the newer boys how he had enjoyed John Lyons, and sat down. He was happy to be passing the role to John Bryan, who was also a strong part of the music scene at the School.

    Robert's academic work was spread in the sciences - chemistry, biology and physics. After progressing with A and S Level examinations, he took up a place at The School of Pharmacy in London University, in a small group of 250 students, located right next to Soho in the late 60's. He now finds himself 47 years later developing gene-based medicines in Kuopio, Finland - another story.

  • G F Bright


    Memory of a Head Boy: "I had the privilege to be Boyd Campbell's last Head Boy; a privilege as he permitted himself to relax his normally disciplined persona and to display a wit and gentle sense of irony which found plenty of apt targets in that portentous year for educational establishments of 1968."

  • M R Constable

    S M C L Evans


  • A L Shield

    J G Colman

    M J C Mather


    On leaving school, Anthony Shield worked briefly for the BBC in the Music Library, before going up to Cambridge. Here he immersed himself in the musical life of both college (Selwyn) and the university. It was a time of great privilege and opportunity, where he learnt that the pursuit of excellence was the highest ideal.

    After graduating,TonyI gave up an opportunity to further his French horn playing at the Royal Academy of Music and went straight into teaching music at a comprehensive school in Bristol. This was a culture shock but the ability to inspire in others much less socially and materially advantaged, a love of music and learning was immensely rewarding. Further teaching jobs in Birmingham and Berkshire followed, before he moved back to London to work as a music adviser in the London Borough of Havering and then as music inspector in the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA).

    The 1980s and 1990s were a time of great change within education and music education in particular. Tony is proud to have made a small contribution to the debate about the future of music education within the new National Curriculum and the introduction of composition and creativity as a key element, as well as promoting the work of professional musicians working in schools. Gradually his role changed as the political climate changed.  Advising and supporting teachers gave way to inspecting and reporting on how well they were doing. On the demise of the ILEA in 1990, Tony joined the City of Westminster as a General Inspector for the Arts to oversee the continuing development of cross-London provision for music education.

    In 1993 Tony was one of the first to work for Ofsted leading teams of school inspectors under the newly introduced inspection regime. The work was a demanding schedule of visiting schools and writing reports, but he enjoyed working alongside headteachers in putting their schools under the microscope, sharing good practice and promoting school improvement.

    After nearly twenty years as a schools inspector, Tony retired to Bath in June 2012 and has settled into a graceful retirement. He still pursues his musical and sporting interests: he conducts his own chamber choir and sing in another. He takes cycling holidays and watch Bath play rugby.  Tony also has the privilege of four grandchildren, who are an immense source of joy.


  • D A Ray


  • M J Gibbons

    J A Hill


  • A J Sloggett


  • J H Mather


    Each morning, around 8:30am, John would meet with the headmaster, R.F.B. Campbell, in his Red House office, prior to the morning assembly for about 500 students.  When he met with him the first day, Mr. Campbell told John that the assembly’s format was to be changed.  Instead of the Headmaster reading the sports results, notices of club meetings and any other general information he wanted, these announcements would be made by the Head Boy.  Then, when the announcements had finished he was to signal the headmaster and the other masters to come on stage for the devotions

    John well remember the first time he made these announcements, he was shaking like a leaf.  It took several of these daily events for him to become less anxious and control his “adrenalin rush”.  Now, whenever John has to give presentations at medical and other conferences, he is cool, calm and collected, thanks to this initially daunting experience.

    Campbell (affectionately referred to as ‘the old man’ or ‘Uncle Ron’) would convene the monitors twice a term to discuss current issues and ideas for future implementation.  The wearing of caps, abolished for the Sixth Form in 1956, was one issue.  The discussion was as to whether caps might be discontinued for all boys.  It was noted that boys removed their caps as soon as they were a few miles from the school campus.  Then, it was decided to keep the wearing of caps but turn a blind eye when not worn beyond 3 or 5 miles.  This was really impossible for Monitors and Prefects to enforce, and, unless close to the school, most boys stopped wearing them.  The caps were eventually abolished in the late 1970s for all students.

    John remembers at one of these meetings, Campbell raised the issue of ending Saturday morning school.  There was a long and lively discussion of the difficulties with implementation and its effects on the sporting calendar.  The change was finally made for the 1964-5 academic year.

    Since the early 1950s, it was customary for the Head Boy and another monitor, usually the Deputy Head Boy, to attend the Harrow School Songs where Sir Winston Churchill regularly participated.  In November 1961, after a couple of postponements because Churchill was sick, John was there with Mike Quine, Norwood House Captain.  It was a great event and, notwithstanding his physical disabilities, Churchill joined in the songs and then walked with Clemmie, his wife, from the Speech Rooms to the Headmaster’s House.  He was cheered all the way by Harrow School boys and the many spectators lining the road.  Churchill never attended subsequent Harrow School Songs, which were later renamed the Churchill Songs.

    This experience first piqued John’s interest in Churchill, and he has since become an acknowledged expert on his health problems and medical illnesses.

    The school in 1961-2 was full of opportunities including the long standing Combined Cadet Force and the beginnings of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.  It was a most productive year for John and helped him prepare for other leadership roles later in his medical career. John was the first John Lyon student to receive the Gold Award, he was sponsored by the Youth Office, Borough of Harrow and during his time as Head Boy he assisted Mr Millett, the first Director of the John Lyon award scheme, in the launch of the program.

  • H M J Stapley


  • J D R Moxon

    Autumn 1959

  • B A J Bennett


  • C M H Sharp


    Maurice Sharp joined the School at the same time as the incoming Head, Mr R F B Campbell.  He made him first Prefect, then Monitor, and finally Head Boy as Maurice entered the 3rd year Sixth Form, studying for the Cambridge Maths Scholarship Exams at Peterhouse.  Maurice received a Commoners place to read Physics, in spite of attempting to translate a Spanish text believing it to be Italian.

    He has good memories of choir, orchestra, and athletics at the School, and was once given a lift on the back of his motorcycle by Gym Teacher Mr George Weedon, a 1948 Olympic Gymnast now in his 90s. The tone of the School was set by the Head and the Masters, of whom Messrs Blyth, Cowtan, Hopkins, and Walker influenced him most.

    After university Maurice worked for the then CEGB, then for United Steel, in both as an experimental Physicist, on the stability of high-current arcs.  In 1969 he became Planning Manager for British Gas East Midlands and subsequently British Gas South Western (BGSW).  In 1980 Maurice became Marketing Manager at BGSW, finishing with an interesting secondment to British Gas Headquarters in London.   After 26 years in British Gas and aged 55 he accepted redundancy with thousands of others.

    Maurice became a Christian at 14, and a Church of England Lay Reader in 1969 and, in Bath, active in a Baptist and then, to this day, in a Free Church.  He married in 1966 and has a daughter and grandson.  Maurice has also been a Bath Primary School Governor.


  • P F Bell

    P J F Mansley


    Philip Mansley's term as Head Boy amounted to exactly that – one term. He had stayed on to improve A level grades and Boyd Campbell generously gave him the appointment. Philip’s short tenure, was neither particularly distinguished nor totally disastrous, but it did afford interesting glimpses of how things were done on the other side of the green baize door. It also, apparently, overqualified him for the role of RSM in the CCF, as he was - uniquely so far as he knew – promoted to Under Officer (with a big peaked cap two sizes too large and a shoulder stripe to show for it).

    A few years on and, having studied Chinese in the RAF, Philip joined the Foreign Office (as it then was) and in 1963 was posted Shanghai as one of the 2 UK-based officers in the Consulate General, where they rattled around in a building designed for over a hundred, in a vibrant, bustling city in which there were only a handful of Western foreigners. That period leading up to the Cultural Revolution was a fascinating time to be in China despite the restrictions and privations.

    From Shanghai, with a much improved knowledge of Chinese, it was apparently logical for the FCO (as it had become) to post Philip to the Persian (now Arabian) Gulf, where he realised that a career as an Arabist would open up a much wider and infinitely more varied range of  postings than a Chinese specialist might expect. So it was that, after taking the Advanced Arabic course at the Middle East Centre for Arabic Studies in Lebanon, Philip and his wife were to spend nearly all their overseas time in the Middle East, punctuated by periods back in London and by a 4-year posting to Hong Kong as a China-watcher on secondment to the British Forces. His last – and certainly most interesting overseas posting (before returning to London for his last 10 years) was to the Embassy in Amman.


  • A Gaynor-Smith


  • M P Burrell


    There are few roles in life more satisfying than being Head Boy of a public school. When, all those years ago, Boyd Campbell summoned Michael Burrell to the School, late in the summer holidays, to tell him that he was appointing him as Head Boy, he said, “Make the most of the opportunity - it will be a long time before you have the same degree of authority again.”

    A look back at what being Head Boy meant to Michael in his own words:

    "The truth is few of us ever have that kind of authority in later life.  Whether chairman or chief executive, you are answerable to a range of other people:  directors, customers, shareholders and the different oversight agencies.  As Head Boy you are answerable to the Head.  And you have privileged access to him or her, to learn of aims and plans and to express your own views, and what you understand to be the general feeling of the boys at the School."

    "It is the highest personal honour you can achieve and brings an automatic measure of respect. But it is a respect which has to be earned if it is to be maintained.  I doubt there has been a Head Boy in John Lyon history who has not been conscious of this and who has not worked hard to be worthy of that respect. To the junior boys you are – or should be – a ‘god’, just as when you were younger, your predecessors were ‘gods’ to you.  That is quite a responsibility. Usually, however, this is liberating rather than oppressive.  And you can make a difference, which is more than reward enough."

    "I owe a tremendous debt to JLS for the enjoyable teenage years I spent and for the confidence and encouragement the School gave me. This was the prime motivation in writing John Lyon’s Dream, the first history of the John Lyon School to be published."

    "When I was Head Boy I was asked to mentor a younger boy who was in trouble and this has coloured my subsequent life.  Professionally I have been an actor, playwright, director, university lecturer and newspaper columnist, usually several of these at the same time. They are roles which have taken me around the world, working in 37 countries, some of them on numerous occasions. But I have also worked, on a voluntary basis, in prisons and I chair a charity working with and for disadvantaged young people, many of whom are at risk of offending. I have also chaired the National Liberal Club in Whitehall and currently chair the Peterhouse Society, the graduate society of my Cambridge College."

  • R P Jackson

    G J Grocott


    When Geoff Grocott left the School in 1955, National Service was still in effect.  He had greatly enjoyed the CCF and was seriously thinking of a career in the Army but it was possible to defer joining up until after going to university.  He decided that it would be best not to get out of the habit of academic work.  Geoff read Chemical Engineering and whilst still an undergraduate National Service ended so the nearest he got to hostilities was to spend a long vacation at an ordnance factory, discovering how high explosive was made.

    Meanwhile, Geoff had been recruited by BP and after graduation and some basic training he joined the process engineering group in their London office.  By mid-1962, Geoff was thought fit to work as a development engineer at their Montreal refinery.  This was the first of several 'postings' which included working on the Alaska North Slope project and oil and gas production in Iran; the latter came to an end when the Ayatollah suggested that the expats should all go home.  After his return to London Geoff held a number of management positions before leaving BP in 1986.

    Geoff then spent a couple of years doing contract work before joining two of his old BP colleagues to set up a consultancy, providing engineering and risk management services to the London insurance market, finally retiring in 2008.

    Whilst all this was going on, Geoff had married and had two daughters, the first of whom was born in Montreal.  Their mother died after a long illness and he later re-married and became stepfather to three more children.

  • C G Crocker

    J Henderson


  • A Ayton

    C M Short


  • W C Stonebridge


  • J E Sloggett


    On leaving school in 1951 Jolyon trained as a naval architect.  This involved serving a 5 year apprenticeship as a ship draughtsman in a Clyde shipyard while being released to attend the naval architecture course at Glasgow University in the winter months.  He graduated in 1955 with First Class Honours.

    Completing his apprenticeship he was called up for National Service where he joined the last group of engineering graduates to be trained as marine engineer officers in the Royal Navy.  He obtained his watchkeeping certificate aboard a destroyer and was then appointed engineer officer to a squadron of minesweepers.

    Returning to civilian life in late 1958 he rejoined the design office of the Clyde shipbuilders where he had served his apprenticeship.  Here he used the Glasgow University Deuce computer for some ship design calculations - possibly the first use of a computer for such work.

    In 1960 he moved to a London based ship owning company - Houlder Brothers - which operated some 25 to 30 ocean going ships, as assistance naval architect.  In 1965 he became naval architect, in 1968 he was manager new projects and in 1970 he became P.A to the Chairman.  In 1972 he joined the Board as Director of Finance and Development.  In 1976 he became Executive Deputy Chairman of Houlder Offshore as the Group became heavily involved in offshore activities, but prior to this move the last ship for which he was responsible was a 30,000 cu.m LPHG carrier which was built in Italy and was launched by his wife.

    In 1978 he joined the newly formed British Shipbuilders as Managing Director - Marketing and Product Development.  He was also given responsibility for developing the Corporation's activities in the offshore hydrocarbon industry.  In 1979 he became fully occupied in this field.  In 1981 British Shipbuilders obtained orders totalling about £200 million.

    Leaving British Shipbuilders in 1981 he set up his own consultancy business for companies in the U&K and overseas dealing with financial, technical and marketing matters, particularly in the offshore industry which was then growing rapidly.

    The Secretary of the Institute of Marine Engineers retired in 1985 and Jolyon took on the full time job of running the international organisation.  The Institute was suffering from a steadily declining membership and he took successful steps to stabilise this.  He was able to establish further branches overseas, the most notable being St. Petersburg and Odessa.

    In 1995 Jolyon was made an OBE for services to marine engineering.  He retired in 1998 and now he and his wife own and run a farm in Devon.

  • J T Stoakley


  • D Worland


  • I G Mortimer


    Whilst Head of the School Ian was also Captain of East House, CSM in the Cadet Force, School Pianist and introduced the acronym HotS.    He also conducted an embryonic School Orchestra with much appreciated help from Messrs Cowan (violin) and Walker (Cello).   Highlights of that year were East House Platoon winning the Gurney Shield and the enthusiastic singing of the School Choir under the direction of Colonel Wilson in the Harrow School Speech Room.  Incidentally, Ian subsequently married the Colonel’s daughter!

    On leaving LSJL (as it was then known) Ian went up to Cambridge and read Natural Sciences.    He also rowed for the College, was President of the Debating Society, took an active part in the Pentacle Club (a sort of Cambridge Magic Circle) and played for services in the Chapel.

    To do his National Service Ian was commissioned into the Royal Navy, the highlight of which was to be present at the Coronation Spithead Review.

    On return to civilian life Ian served in English Electric’s Guided Weapons and Computer Divisions (Storage originally in Mercury Delay Lines for those to whom the term means something!).

    Then various assignments in general engineering and consultancy and finally running the Administration of the Meat and Livestock Commission.  Ian is now retired and resident at a place called Torrox Park, near Nerja, on the Costa del Sol.  Blessed with good health and a swarm of delightful friends and neighbours he is as happy as a sand boy as his parents used to say.

    If any of Ian’s contemporaries from school days care to get in touch he should be delighted to hear from them, or welcome them to Sunny Spain if they wish to escape the rigours of English Weather!

  • G G Harris

    J D Campling


  • R W Digby


  • J H G Stevens


  • W D Rushworth


  • A D Ellis


  • J D Winsbury


  • L C J Fricker


  • N J Payne

    L J Lacey

    K C Rogers


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  • E A Fairburn


  • A G Stewart

    M A Parker


  • P L Hancox

    H N Hunt


  • B E Cresswell


  • E R Rosevere


  • J Taylor

    F Barnard


  • H R Blackburn


  • A A Moppett


  • A H F Grout


  • J C O Hurst


  • B T Osborne


  • A M Swann


  • N P Goldhawk


  • J H Startin


  • L G Kitton

    C C W Rose

    A R Gregg


  • B B Bennetts


  • G F Gossling


  • J Goshawk


  • F M Dawson


  • M J Eyden


  • E P Bennetts


  • A B Howe


  • B F Mellor


  • L T S Reid


  • G C V Green

    K P Asher

    A C Bayley


  • S P Kipping


  • A C Ashford


  • F C Tickle

    J O'Brien


  • H G Stearns

    P H Guterbock


  • C W P Aggleton


  • F O Rayner

    H W Rackham


  • J W Hitchcock


  • S E Parkhouse


  • E A Rayner


  • F M Parkhouse


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    E T Wilkins


  • A P Kimber