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 began his teaching career in 2004 as a History Teacher at Plume School in Essex, before moving to Farlingaye High School in Suffolk. From here Jonathan moved to Colchester Sixth Form College where he led the Ancient History Department and taught Modern History and Classical Civilisation. He then moved to Battle Abbey School in East Sussex, undertaking numerous roles, including Head of History, Head of Lower School, Deputy Head of Boarding and Head of Sixth Form. Jonathan has a strong interest in assessment. He is a Principal Examiner for A-Level History and a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors. Jonathan joined John Lyon in 2018. He has overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Sixth Form.
Stephen Mepham, B.Divinity (King’s College, London), Head of Religious Studies 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. Stephen is currently studying for a Masters degree in Philosophy.
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.
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.