The history of John Lyon goes back almost 450 years to a philanthropic yeoman farmer in the village of Preston in Harrow.
In 1572 John Lyon was granted a Royal Charter by Elizabeth I to found a free grammar school for ‘children and youth’. By the 19th Century, helped by John Lyon’s generous endowments, “the Free Grammar School” had become Harrow School, one of the most famous and prestigious public schools in the UK. As Harrow School had grown it had taken in more and more boys from outside the parish, so in 1876 a Lower School of John Lyon opened as a new day school for local boys. It was later renamed as The John Lyon School.
“I am struck by the extraordinary generosity upon which The John Lyon School is founded. There have been numerous benefactors over the years who have funded scholarships and bursaries to enable boys to enroll who would otherwise not have been able to attend the School.
“Pupils and parents have been equally charitable in their giving; from boys being asked to bring books in for the Library to Mr Le Beau donating the money raised in recognition of his devoted service straight back to the School.
“Philanthropy truly is at the heart and foundation of the School and all pupils, past or present, have benefited from this over the years. I look forward to building on this generosity in aid of future pupils with the support of the wider community.”
The 1876 Fund
The John Lyon 1876 Fund was created to support projects which positively impact current and future John Lyon pupils. The donations are accumulated into the Development Trust Fund and used to complete varying projects around School. Subject to approval by Governors, projects must be beyond the scope of typical budgets and the standard curriculum and they must benefit a broad range of current pupils.
The 1876 Fund has been able to support three distinct projects to date designed to enrich the educational experience of a John Lyon pupil. We encourage parents and alumni to join the Fund and benefit future pupils as their families have benefited over the years. There are a number of exciting projects in the pipeline which we will grow the fund to support.
The 1876 Reading Room, located in the Red House, has been designed for exclusive use of boys on the Excellence Programme. Opened in 2017 by Professor Robert Winston, pupils have access to a variety of books, publications and research for furthering knowledge in a peaceful space.
The Music School Pipe Organ will be used to lead hymn singing, accompanying the Motet Choir and String Ensemble. Pupils have the opportunity to learn organ playing as a one-to-one instrument.
The STEAM Leeds Mechanics Kit allows pupils to work in groups to design and build solutions to real life problems. Skills gained include taking thoughtful risks, engaging in experiential learning, persisting in problem solving and embracing collaboration.
Whether you give the gift of education to support a young boy through a bursary or provide a meaningful boost to new facilities and resources, supporting John Lyon with a gift in your will is a highly personal way of giving that has a lasting impact on future generations.
Making a bequest to charity can also lessen the burden of inheritance tax on your executors. If you would like to consider leaving a legacy, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss the details with you.
Contact the Development Office
Mrs Khadija Ansari
020 8515 9449
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