Michael Lewis was born in Belfast in October 1949. From the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, he went to Lincoln College, Oxford (1968-72) where he read Modern Languages. He did his PGCE at York University (1972-3), which included a teaching practice at a tough comprehensive school in east Hull. After his first teaching post at the brand new community school, Belper High School, in 1976 he was appointed Head of Modern Languages at Hind Leys, a 14 -18 Community College in Leicestershire, again a new foundation housed in modern buildings.
In 1984 he became Deputy Headteacher at Icknield School in Watlington, Oxfordshire, another community school where his particular areas of responsibility were the community and the curriculum.
At Belper, Lewis had met his wife, Petra, who comes from Germany and was teaching at that school at the time. Their two sons chose to go to KES when they moved up from primary school. A passionate supporter of the arts, Lewis had acted at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, and played the violin. He had also been a keen competitive front row forward and remains an ardent supporter of the Irish Rugby Union Team.
[Source: Cornwell, John (2005). King Ted's (1st ed.). King Edward VII School, Sheffield. ISBN 0-9526484-1-5.]