Sixth Form Staff

Jonathan Rowe

Mr Jonathan Rowe, MA (UEA), Head of Sixth Form

Jonathan read History at Reading University before completing a Master’s degree in History at the University of East Anglia. He has been teaching for 16 years across a range of educational settings, enjoying a number of middle management and senior leadership roles. Jonathan has been a Principal Examiner for A-Level History and is a Fellow of the Chartered institute of Educational Assessors. He is also a Governor of Roxeth Primary School in Harrow. Jonathan joined John Lyon in 2018 and has overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Sixth Form. Jonathan also has a keen interest in sport and manages the 6th Form XI football team.

Stephen Mepham

The Revd Stephen Mepham, BD (King’s College, London), MA (London), Head of Higher Education and Assistant Head of Sixth Form

After completing a degree in Theology at King’s College London, Stephen entered the Anglican priesthood. In midlife he changed his vocation to that of teaching and began a teaching career at St Clement Danes School in Chorleywood where he was subject leader of the Religious, Ethical and Philosophical Studies department. Stephen was very actively involved in the life of the Sixth Form as a Form Tutor and as the Extended Project Qualification Coordinator. It was there that he developed an interest in the process for university applications. In January 2017 he moved to John Lyon as Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy and took on the role of Head of Higher Education. He became Assistant Head of Sixth Form in 2018.

Alex Ferguson

Mr Alex Ferguson, BA (Reading) (OL), Head of Upper Sixth

Alex is an Old Lyonian who went on to study a BA in French at the University of Reading, followed by several years living and working in both France and Spain teaching English and French. Alex returned to the UK to study a PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University before returning to John Lyon as a Teacher of French and Spanish. He is the Head of Butler House as well as the Head of Lower Sixth. Alex enjoys coaching School football and cricket teams.

Philip Berry

Mr Philip Berry, BA (Bristol), Head of Lower Sixth

After graduating from the University of Bristol with a BA in Hispanic Studies, Philip worked in the advertising industry for five years before undertaking a PGCE at the Institute of Education. He has been a Head of Year across different year groups and enjoys the pastoral opportunities that this offers. Philip is also Head of Spanish with the responsibility for ensuring excellent academic results. As Head of Upper Sixth, he helps guide boys in their final year of A-Level study, setting them on the path to their future studies and employment – a role he greatly enjoys.

Maria Trafford

Mrs Maria Trafford, MA (Glasgow) BTh (Brunel), Sixth Form Excellence Leader

Maria read Psychology at the University of Glasgow and, following her Masters degree, took her PGCE in English. She began her career in Easterhouse, Glasgow in 1990, an area of extreme urban deprivation. Maria was Head of English and also a marker for the Scottish Exam Board. Maria took the opportunity to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Theology when she moved to London in 2000 and spent several years running childhood bereavement programmes for the NHS. Returning to teaching in 2006, Maria worked at Bishop Ramsey School, Ruislip as Second in English. She has also marked and moderated for the AQA A-Level Literature series. Since moving to John Lyon in 2016, Maria has developed the Excellence Programme and is responsible for the Extra Project Qualification, Oxbridge, Study Skills, the Goldhawk Lecture series and the Hiley Research Project. Maria also co-organised and presented a talk at the 2019 TEDxJohnLyonSchool event.

Marion Harper

Careers Department

Mrs Marion Harper, PG Dip CG (London South Bank), Careers Adviser

Marion has a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance and has been employed as a Careers Adviser for 20 years. Her role in the Careers Department is to provide information, advice and guidance in an impartial and objective way both via personalised interviews and small group events. Working closely with Miss Patel, Marion organises a programme of events throughout the year including STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) visits and talks. She also runs drop-in clinics, which are a great way to meet the boys in a more informal manner, enabling her to assist and guide boys as they research and consider their next steps.


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