Recent News

The school run

On December 2, Alistair Lexden completed a series of visits under the aegis of the Lord Speaker’s “Peers in Schools” Outreach Programme. 

Back to school

For some years Alistair Lexden has taken part in the Lords outreach programme to schools, established by the Lord Speaker and organised most efficiently by her/his office (the post, created in 2006, was held by women until September when the first man, Lord Fowler, took over). 

President and Chairman

On August 23 Alistair Lexden, President of the Independent Schools Association, met its incoming Chairman for 2016-17, Stuart Nicholson, at the House of Lords at the start of his period of office.

Prize-giving at a fine Essex school

On July 12 Alistair Lexden was guest of honour at speech day in Gosfield School in the prosperous north Essex countryside (and not far from Lexden). The school is a very successful member of the ever growing...

The King, the Prime Minister and the loss of the American colonies

On June 1 Alistair Lexden hosted a dinner at the Carlton Club for a distinguished group of Americans, deeply involved in heritage and conservation projects, who were in England on a week’s cultural heritage tour with a particular emphasis on the late eighteenth century. 

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.