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Support Us

John Lyon is a School built on philanthropy. We owe our very existence to the generosity and foresight of our founder who paved the way for a tradition of giving that has shaped the School that exists today.

The Lyonian Association is so grateful to all Old Lyonians and friends of the School, especially to those who are incredibly supportive and in contact with the School. Many offer their time through careers talks with current pupils or donate to support the Bursary Appeal or 1876 Fund, or are an integral part of the community in driving the strategic vision for the OLA or the School.

As a School entirely reliant on fee income to deliver an outstanding academic and pastoral education, your support, however small, 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.

How you can help

Jeremy Geelan 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 this Bursary to 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.

Neil Altman

Mike Christelow

Simon Flamank

Michael Foster

Gordon Hamme

Michael Kwan

Paul Matarewicz

Anthony McClaran

Paul Montague

Paul Raby

Robert Shaw

Robert Steen

Tony Taylor

Andrew Woodend

Jeremy Wray

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.


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. It continues the philanthropic vision of our founder by directly supporting a broad educational experience. Through generous regular donations, the 1876 Fund has been able to support various projects.

The 1876 Reading Room, opened by Professor Lord Robert Winston, is used by boys on the Excellence Programme, giving access to publications for enhancing knowledge in a peaceful space.

Purchasing Vex Robots means Robotics can be introduced into the STEAM curriculum from 2019. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics are used as access points for guiding student enquiry and critical thinking. Every Year 8 pupil will be able to learn the increasingly required skill of building and coding robots.

The English department invited Matt Dickinson, Everest Summiteer and author of the Mortal Chaos and Everest Files Teen fiction trilogies, for a unique creative writing workshop with Year 10 pupils.

The 1876 Fund has made it possible to submit an application to participate in the 2019 National Theatre Connections Scheme.

Our next projects include providing Cricket Nets at Sudbury as part of the Cricket Programme and offering the opportunity to build and race an electric car as part of the STEAM initiative - we need your support. Every gift makes a difference - by giving in numbers we can make an even bigger difference!


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.

We offer Bursary support of up to 100% of fees depending on financial circumstances and currently have over 60 pupils who are supported in some way. We would like to do more for the 30+ children we turn away each year who apply to the School for a place at 11+. Join us in our mission to preserve the rich philanthropic tradition of founder John Lyon and be a part of transforming a life today.

Paul Matarewicz and Michael Foster have launched a Bursary Appeal in memory of Jeremy Geelan with the support of his family and brother, Mike Geelan, to raise money for a local boy from the Harrow area from a disadvantaged financial background to attend John Lyon.

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