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Coronavirus update - supporting our community

During this exceptional period, the School is appealing to Old Lyonians, parents and friends of the School to support its endeavours to help our community through a new hardship fund. At the same time, we are continuing our work to raise funds for bursaries, to help local children who would otherwise not be able to come to the School.

Donate to our hardship fund

Our community of pupils and parents has been greatly affected by the virus, most tragically with bereavements but also with the collapse of businesses and the loss of income.

The School has set up a new "hardship fund" to support such families, who as a result of the virus can no longer pay the fees in full.


Join us in our mission to preserve the rich philanthropic tradition of our founder John Lyon and be a part of transforming a life today.You can support a bursary and transform the life of a local child from a disadvantaged financial background.

If you are interested in supporting a Bursary please get in touch or click here to donate.


Many Lyonians wish to remember family and friends through gifts to the School, or wish to give in their own name. Examples of such gifts are prizes named after individuals, bursaries, rooms within the School and trees.

Please see an example of the Jeremy Geelan Bursary Appeal below. If you would like to remember someone through a gift to the School please email

How you can help

Jeremy Geelan (OL 1975)
Thank you to those who have supported a Bursary in Jeremy's memory.

"Jeremy was always said to have a way with words. Vocal in the classroom and somewhat of a leader in team sports. He remained a Middlesex badminton champion unbeaten for 2 years. In School football, and later in the old boys football, the energy and passion he put into his pre-match motivational chats talking about the virtues of the perfect shade of the grass and the shape and weight of the football, indeed words became his life. First as founding editor, whilst studying at Cambridge, of his own magazine then as a script writer for the BBC on 'Jim'll Fix It'. In the early 80s he worked as a freelancer and various other things until he finally found his niche as the owner of a book publishing company specialising in issues concerning the future and what lies ahead. This led him to be regarded as a leading guru explaining the emerging world and the internet through various mediums - media, global conferences and via social media. A confident public speaker, Jeremy could talk about anything to anyone and frequently did! He lived most of his nomadic life in Denmark, plus a four year stint across Belgium, Estonia and Nepal, he was also able to effortlessly share his message in five different languages. In his final years he devoted his time to singlehandedly raising awareness of and trying to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. Why not? he would say, someone has to. Jeremy would have been one of the first to acknowledge the kick start he was given by spending seven years at John Lyon School."
- Mike Geelan (OL 1973)

Thank You

Thank you to all the OLs who have committed so far with an annual donation for 7 years to support a Bursary.

John Ainsworth, Neil Altman, Michael Betts, Mike Christelow, Simon Flamank, Michael Foster, Anthony Goldstein, Gordon Hamme, Julian Korn (on behalf of Spencer Hart Charitable Trust), Michael Kwan, Paul Matarewicz, Anthony McClaran, Paul Montague, Ian Pickett, Paul Raby, Robert Shaw, Michael Smith, Robert Steen, Anthony Taylor, Andrew Woodend, Jeremy Wray

Every gift makes a difference - by giving in numbers we can make an even bigger difference!

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