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Enriching the education at John Lyon is crucial to our success

Bursary Appeal

Thank you to the following OLs who have made a commitment to support the Jeremy Geelan Bursary Appeal so far. Help us grow the Bursary provision, in memory of an OL and transform the life of a local boy from a disadvantaged financial background and welcome him to an environment at John Lyon that challenges, inspires and creates friendships for a lifetime.

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

Our Vision

Our vision is ensure that John Lyon School continues to go from strength to strength delivering an outstanding academic and pastoral education and to honor the memory of our founder, John Lyon, whose generosity and foresight paved the way for a tradition of giving that has shaped the School that exists today.

Your support will directly help to provide life changing opportunities to pupils either through broadening horizons with excellent projects or transforming the lives of those who see an independent school education as out of their reach.



The provision of Bursaries enriches our School, raises academic standards and expands the educational opportunity for children from a wide range of social backgrounds. We offer talented children transformational opportunities with an excellent education full of breadth and experience to fulfill their potential and prepare them to thrive in society.

Donating to support Bursaries means we can provide more opportunities through open access to those whose potential is far greater than their financial means. Join us in our mission to preserve the rich philanthropic tradition of founder John Lyon and be a part of transforming a life today.

The 1876 Fund

Donating to support the 1876 Fund through regular donations makes it possible to support exciting opportunities beyond the standard curriculum and departmental budgets. These projects enrich learning with an immediate and direct impact to pupils that will stay with them for a lifetime. 

Our next project is to provide a state of the art Cricket Net facility at Sudbury as part of the Sports programme offering the opportunity to train all year round.

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

Leaving a Legacy

In recent years John Lyon has benefited from a number of legacy gifts for which we are most grateful. All legacies to John Lyon are free from capital gains tax and inheritance tax and, in the UK, the government provides a further incentive when you leave 10% or more of your net estate to a registered charity.

Making a legacy pledge to John Lyon is quite straightforward. It can be done either when making a Will for the first time or by adding a codicil to an existing Will. We suggest you contact your solicitor to discuss how that may be done. If you intend to include John Lyon in your Will, please contact us for a pledge form as we would be delighted to recognise your generosity.


Cricket Nets Appeal 2020

Cricket has been played at the School for over 130 years and is still one of the strongest sports offered at John Lyon. This summer John Lyon plans to install a state-of-the-art cricket nets facility at Sudbury with the potential of an all-purpose flooring so it can have multiple use across other sports as well.

The provision of a purpose-built cricket net facility is the next step in furthering excellence for the Sports offered at John Lyon. It will enable greater opportunities for pupils’ training and development which will facilitate the historical sporting success to date. We will be able to offer more pre-season training potentially not just for cricket but other sports as well.

How you can help

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