James Armstrong, BA (York) MA (Durham), Head of Sixth Form
After completing his Masters Degree in Politics at the University of Durham and a short spell tutoring at the University of York, James joined John Lyon, where he has been for the past five years. As Head of Sixth Form he has oversight of all aspects of Sixth Form life and enjoys the many opportunities to have a positive impact on the development of John Lyon students. The Sixth Form years are when students develop into young men ready to achieve their goals, whether this is going to university or embarking on a career. A John Lyon education equips boys with a set of values, skills and experiences that leaves them ready to embrace their future.
Darren Boylan, BEd (Queen’s, Belfast), Senior teacher (Admissions), Head of Business Studies and Assistant Head of Sixth Form
After finishing his BEd in Business Education at Queen’s University Belfast, Darren began his teaching career in the UK at St George’s School, Harpenden as a teacher of Business, before moving to Duff Miller sixth form college as Head of Business Education. He joined John Lyon as Head of Business in 2013. Darren’s roles here have included Head of Year 11 and Assistant Head of Sixth Form. He is most proud of the excellent Sixth Form community at John Lyon – the perfect environment to give students an excellent all round education – not only achieving excellent academic results but developing boys into young men who make their parents proud.
Philip Berry, BA (Bristol), Head of Spanish, Co-Curriculum Assistant, Head of Upper 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 the boys in making sure their final year at John Lyon is a successful stepping stone towards their future studies and employment – a role he greatly enjoys.
Alex Ferguson, BA (Reading) (OL), Teacher of French and Spanish, Head of Butler House, Head of Lower 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.
Stephen Mepham, B.Divinity (King’s College, London), Head of Religious Studies and Head of Higher Education
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 shortly after. Stephen is currently studying for a Masters degree in Philosophy.
Shira Patel, BA (Birmingham), Teacher of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Head of Careers
Shira has a BA Honours in Philosophy and Theology and completed a Postgraduate Certificate of Education at Roehampton University. She believes that career education is vital for our students as it provides motivation for learning and success. Learning is important, but having a goal adds stimulation and focus. The careers programme allows students to prepare for the transition into working life and informs the choices that will lead to fulfilment and success.
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.