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A year in education

Much of Alistair Lexden’s work in the sphere of education stems from his position as President of the Independent Schools Association which provides a wide range of services to its 370 members, many of them small schools charging modest fees for an excellent education.

Awards for outstanding international students

Every year the Council for Independent Education (CIFE), of which Alistair Lexden is President, holds an awards ceremony at the House of Lords to recognise outstanding academic achievement among the students of its nineteen member colleges which specialise in preparing students...

Marketing and the Lords

Alistair Lexden hosted the annual dinner of the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Food, Drink and Agriculture Group which was held this year in the dining room of the House of Lords on February 25.

A Wonderful Prize Winner

The Whitbread Memorial Prize is one of the two leading awards made annually by the Independent Schools Association, of which Alistair Lexden is President.

London's Political Clubs

At the start of the 20th century there were some 200 London Clubs, mainly in the area between Pall Mall and Piccadilly. Around 20 were explicitly political in character, supporting either the Conservative or Liberal Party.

Schools Together

On 15 January Alistair Lexden addressed a conference organised by the Independent Schools Association (of which he is President) for heads who have recently joined this thriving organisation whose membership has been steadily increasing in recent years.

Rum, Sodomy and the Lash

Churchill’s famous description of the Royal Navy’s traditions came into Alistair Lexden’s mind in the House of Lords when Admiral Lord West proclaimed the merits of drinking rum during oral questions to Lord Prior of Brampton, Health Minister in the Upper House.

Conservative History Journal Published

The Conservative History Group, of which Alistair Lexden is Chairman, produces an annual journal. The 2015 edition, running to 70 lavishly illustrated pages, has been published this week.

Home from Home

On November 16 Alistair Lexden visited Scarisbrick Hall School, near Ormskirk in Lancashire, an award-winning member of the Independent Schools Association, of which he is President.