When John Lyon obtained his charter to re-endow a school in Harrow, he probably had a clear vision of what he hoped to achieve for his first pupils and for the local parish from which they came.
At the time, 1572, he was a successful and wealthy yeoman farmer, and his generosity and vision resulted in the establishment of Harrow School and a separate fund to maintain two roads that served the local area.
Today, John Lyon’s Foundation includes two schools: Harrow School, a boys’ full-boarding school still based around the original schoolhouse on Harrow-on-the-Hill, and John Lyon School, a boys’ day school based further down the Hill. The Road Fund, which started with two properties then worth about £650, has grown and transformed into John Lyon’s Charity, a grant-giving charity with assets of over £365 million, which focuses on supporting educational initiatives for young people in the nine boroughs that surround the old Harrow Road.
Harrow School, John Lyon School and John Lyon’s Charity now make up John Lyon’s Foundation, and together they continue the work that began with John Lyon’s charter nearly 450 years ago. Although each element of the Foundation has separate aims and structures, they share the same governing body and they work to achieve a wide range of educational and charitable objectives, both individually and collectively, as part of the Foundation.
John Lyon’s legacy is a truly remarkable one. Those of us who have been privileged to serve as Governors feel fortunate to have played a small part in its history. The Foundation today has an extraordinary reach, not just through its three components but also in conjunction with the Harrow International Schools and the Harrow Development Trust.
This website is one of the ways in which the achievements of the Foundation can be showcased. I hope that it will help introduce you to the amazing work that is done by the members of the Foundation and its wider family, and all the dedicated people who work within it.
Chairman of Governors
John Lyon’s Foundation