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Sixth Form Staff

Stephen Mepham

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. 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 and Head of Sixth Form in 2021.

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.

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.

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.