The Revd Stephen Mepham, BD (King’s College, London), MA (London), Head of Sixth Form
After completing a degree in Theology at King’s College London, Stephen entered the Anglican priesthood. Due to his extensive contact with schools and a voluntary teaching role at an independent school, Stephen stepped away from full time parish ministry and entered the teaching profession first at St Clement Danes School in Chorleywood where he became subject leader of the Religious, Ethical and Philosophical Studies department. Stephen was very also 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 and Head of Sixth Form in 2021.
Mr Adam Ling, BSc (Brunel), Assistant Head of Sixth Form
Adam joined John Lyon as a student teacher in 2007, and after graduating from Brunel University London with a BSc in Secondary Education, joined the school on a permanent basis. He is a previous Head of both Year 10 and Year 11 and joined the Sixth Form team as a Tutor in 2015. Currently he is also the Head of Hockey and in 2019 became the Head of Activities, overseeing the whole school Extra-Curricular and Co-Curricular programmes. He particularly enjoys the variety that these roles bring, which allow him to work with all pupils throughout the School.
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. Alex enjoys coaching School football and cricket teams.
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.
Mr Nicholas Arratoon, MChem (Dunelm) MA (Open), UCAS Coordinator
Nicholas joined John Lyon in 2018 as Head of Chemistry. Along with his Master of Chemistry degree, Nicholas also holds a Master’s degree in music and is a keen semi-professional singer and instrumentalist. He brings significant teaching experience from previous roles in renowned independent schools and alongside his teaching role at John Lyon, he coordinates the School’s UCAS applications, and plays a key role in supporting pupils through the process.
Dr Morgan White, BA (Econ) Hons, MA (Econ), PhD (Manchester), FHEA, FRSA, Oxbridge Coordinator
Morgan graduated in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Manchester where he stayed on to conduct research for his doctorate in political and economic theory. He has since taught Economics, Politics, Philosophy and Sociology at several schools and universities, including the University of Cambridge. Morgan is a member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain and has presented his work at international conferences and published in academic journals. He is the author of Towards a Political Theory of the University: Public Reason, Democracy, and Higher Education (Routledge, 2017) and Head of Economics at John Lyon. He helps prepare Sixth Form students for the application processes to Oxford and Cambridge universities.