George Aubrey Lyward OBE was a British educationist, psychotherapist and founder of Finchden Manor in Tenterden, Kent. Lyward was born in 1894 in the London Borough of Battersea. He was predominantly brought up by his mother who worked as a primary school teacher (his father, an opera singer, left the family home whilst Lyward was still a young child). Overcoming childhood polio and permanent damage to his left leg as a result of the disease, Lyward won a scholarship to Emanuel School in Battersea. On leaving school, Lyward began work as a teacher holding successive roles at two preparatory schools, before moving to Kingston Grammar School and then to Emanuel School as a master. In 1917 he won a choral scholarship to study at St John's College, Cambridge where he completed a degree in history. In 1918 he obtained the post of house-tutor at The Perse School in Cambridge in order to supplement his modest choral scholarship funds. In 1920 he started studying for ordination at Bishop's College, Cheshunt, Kent, but abandoned this two weeks before his planned ordination. He taught again at Emanuel School, then in 1923 moved to Trinity College, Glenalmond to work with the sixth form students, developing his ideas about teaching this age group. In 1928 a broken engagement led to a breakdown and treatment by Hugh Crichton-Miller, who later asked Lyward to help with some of his own boy patients. In 1930 Lyward established his own therapeutic community in a farm building at Guildables, Edenbridge, Kent. In 1931 he met his future wife, Sarah (Sadie) and together they moved the community to the larger premises of Finchden Manor in Tenterden, Kent. In 1970 Lyward was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to education. Lyward continued to run Finchden Manor until his death on 22 June 1973.