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145th Anniversary Appeal - Continuing the tradition

We are coming to the end of a challenging year with a six-month celebration to mark the School's 145th Anniversary!

The Development Office is launching the 145 Appeal to encourage Old Lyonians, parents and friends of the School to donate to the 1876 Fund to help to enrich pupils' experience at John Lyon. This comes at a time of exciting change for John Lyon as we welcome girls to the School for the first time in September 2021 and fully come together with Quainton Hall to become an all-through School.

John Lyon has a rich history and tradition, yet we are a proudly modern, forward thinking and ambitious school. With your support we can look to the future with confidence that opportunities for pupils will grow and John Lyon will continue as a leading place of learning for generations to come.

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.

The 1876 Fund

The 1876 Fund is a regular giving programme which supports projects to provide opportunities for students beyond the curriculum and departmental budgets. Generous contributions have enabled the School to provide robotics equipment, National Theatre Connections participation, public speaking training for our TEDx talks and many other enriching projects. Click here to set up regular gifts.


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.

If you would like to remember someone through a gift to the School, please email

Thank you for supporting us

Thank you for taking the time to visit our "Support Us" page.

We would like to thank, here, our many friends for their support in its various forms - from the generous gifts of time, at lectures, at careers fairs, via Zoom for interview practice, to the very substantial gifts of money and legacy. We recognise your kindness, which we know comes at a personal cost, and we are sincerely grateful - thank you.

John Lyon School was borne of the gift of one man in 1572 and the subsequent determination of a handful of local people and Charles Vaughan, then Headmaster of Harrow School, in the nineteenth century. Their generosity, both financial and through persistent hard work, for the benefit of the education of local children remains awe-inspiring.

The School owes a debt of gratitude to those founding people but also to the many benefactors - Old Lyonians, parents, current and former teachers and friends of the School - who have given so much over the last 145 years and continue to do so.

How you can help

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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