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Mike Stanley, Head, The Lyceum School


Mike grew up in a family of teachers and education runs through his core. After prep school, he attended Blundells’ School in Devon and then Cardiff University where he graduated with a degree in Ancient and Byzantine history. He has considerable experience of the prep school world and has been teaching for 25 years in both day and boarding prep schools in London and the southeast of England. Before joining The Lyceum in September 2022, he has been the Head of Years 5 and 6 at Rokeby School in Kingston, the Deputy Headmaster of Walhampton School in Lymington and most recently, the Headmaster of Forres Sandle Manor in Hampshire. He made a huge impact in all three schools, developing a reputation for introducing a more child centred approach and understanding how to unlock each child’s potential.

Mike believes that “all children are stars and that we as teachers will help them shine.” His educational philosophy is based around recognising, understanding and nurturing children as individuals and working with parents to help develop their skills for the future, their emotional intelligence, and their inner strength. Children’s school days should be filled with laughter and excitement and every day should be an adventure.

Mike has been married for over 20 years and he has a teenage daughter at Bath University and a son at Bryanston school in Dorset. He loves all sports – particularly rugby and cricket – and is an avid Surrey County cricket member. He also enjoys travelling with his family and has an ambition to visit every country on the planet.


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