Barnaby John Lenon
10 May 1954
|Alma mater||University of Oxford|
University of Cambridge
|Employer||University of Buckingham|
Independent Schools Council
Trinity School of John Whitgift
Holland Park School
Barnaby John Lenon  (born 10 May 1954) is a British schoolmaster who was headmaster of Harrow School in Harrow in north-west London until 2011. He is currently professor and dean of education at the University of Buckingham. He is chairman of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and has been a governor of 23 state and independent schools and a board member of Ofqual. From 2011 to 2012 he was vice-president of the Royal Geographical Society. In 2012 he helped establish a Free School in east London, the London Academy of Excellence, and is now the chairman of governors. He is a trustee of the New Schools Network, Yellow Submarine (a charity which supports children and young adults with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire) and Vocal Futures (a charity which tries to introduce young people in London to classical music).
Lenon, the son of a clergyman, was born in Chelsea in 1954 and was educated at Eltham College, an independent school in Eltham in south London, followed by Keble College, Oxford, where he read Geography. He then went on to St John's College, Cambridge to train for a career in teaching and won the university prize for education.
Lenon began his career with a year at Sherborne School in Dorset, then moved on to Eton College, an independent school in Berkshire, where he taught for twelve years. He was in the state sector for a short while at Holland Park School in west London. He became deputy headmaster of Highgate School and then headmaster of the Trinity School of John Whitgift in Croydon, south London. He was appointed as headmaster of Harrow in 1999 and during his tenure the school increased in both popularity and academic results. He was appointed Chairman of the Independent Schools Council in 2011 to oversee lobbying, research, the press and legal advice for the 1250 schools in ISC.
Lenon is often quoted in the media about his views, complaining of what he regards as the 'dumbing down' of educational standards since the demise of O-Levels, and in early 2010 was attacked by the then Schools Minister in the Labour Government, Vernon Coaker.
Media appearances and publications
Lenon has appeared in newspapers and on the television a number of times in the past decade, mostly speaking about educational reforms. He appeared in the ITV documentary series Harrow: The School on the Hill in May 2001, on BBC 1's Celebrity Masterchef programme in August 2010, and on the BBC 2 documentary programme Britain's Youngest Boarders in September 2010. He has also appeared on BBC 2's Newsnight programme.
Lenon has published a number of successful textbooks for schools including Techniques and Fieldwork in Geography (1983),[ISBN missing] London (1988), London in the 1990s (1993), The United Kingdom (1995), Fieldwork Techniques and Projects in Geography (1996),[ISBN missing] Geography Fieldwork and Skills (2015).[ISBN missing]
Honours and awards
In 2005 Tatler magazine awarded Lenon its Schools Award for Headmaster of the Year. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to education.
- Mills, Steve. "Prince Charles hands CBE to Buckingham University's Barnaby". Retrieved 3 June 2020.
- Anon (2017). "Lenon, Barnaby John". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U24275. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
- Harrow School – Home page, Harrow Association
- "5 minutes with Professor Barnaby Lenon, Dean of Education". Retrieved 3 June 2020.
- "Dean of Education recognised in the Queen's birthday honours". Retrieved 3 June 2020.
- "Chelsea Academy". Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
- The Sherborne Register, Eighth Edition, 1925–2015
- 'Worthless qualifications' give false hope to state pupils, says Harrow head | Education | guardian.co.uk
- BBC News – Poor children 'deceived' by qualifications
- "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B9.