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John Lyon has a rich history and tradition dating back to 1876, yet we are a proudly modern, forward thinking and ambitious school.

The Development Office encourages Old Lyonians, parents and friends of the School to donate to the 1876 Fund to help to enrich pupils' experience at John Lyon. 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.


The School is entirely reliant on fee income to deliver an outstanding academic and pastoral education. The School's Development needs cannot be funded from fee surplus alone or from one-off appeals. To ensure current and future pupils leave John Lyon with the maximum benefit from the nurturing, rounded and high quality education that previous generations have enjoyed, we need your regular support to help transform the educational experience either through provide life changing opportunities to the Bursary applicants we have to turn away through lack of financial resources via the Bursary Fund, or through further enriching facilities and broadening horizons with exceptional projects via the 1876 Fund.

We know that giving to John Lyon School is motivated by profoundly personal choices, whether you are planning to give your time, your money or remember the School in your Will. If you would like to discuss how you wish to give or if you are interested in supporting John Lyon's Bursary Fund or 1876 Fund please get in touch.


John Lyon is strongly committed to the provision of Bursary places to widen access for those children who could benefit from the outstanding education on offer, but whose families are unable to afford the fees. We invite you to join us in our mission to preserve the rich philanthropic tradition and be a part of transforming a life today. By offering the vital support to a local child from a disadvantaged financial background you can help us achieve our goal of offering places to deserving children with no financial boundaries.

Click here to donate to the Bursary 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 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) focused learning via robotics equipment and an engineering task of building an electric car, National Theatre Connections participation, public speaking training for our TEDx talks and many other enriching projects.

Click here to set up a regular gift to the 1876 Fund.


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, bursary contributions, rooms within the School and trees.

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

How you can help


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 John and Joan Lyon 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, staff and friends of the School - who have given so much over the last 145 years and continue to do so.


We know that giving to John Lyon School is motivated by profoundly personal choices, whether you are planning to give your time, your money or remember the School in your Will. If you would like to discuss how you wish to give, please contact us directly.

You can contact the Development Office: Email or call on 020 8515 9449

You can contact Katherine Haynes, our Head by email:

If you would like to give now, please find giving options above.

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