Short description of the school
St Lawrence College is a co-educational, independent boarding and day school in the seaside town of Ramsgate, Kent in South-East England. It accepts boys and girls from the ages of 3 to 18.
The school is set in a 45-acre campus within easy walking distance of the sea. Its close proximity to London and good transport links make St Lawrence College conveniently placed for busy parents juggling the demands of a career with ensuring their children get the best educational opportunities.
Originally called South Eastern College, St Lawrence College opened In 1879 with just 5 pupils. It began as an Evangelical establishment with the purpose of combining “careful religious training with a sound, liberal education”. In September 1906 the College adopted its new name: St Lawrence. It now comprises the Preparatory School for pupils aged three to eleven, and the Senior School for pupils aged eleven to eighteen. The junior and senior school operate independently under the overall leadership of the principal.
St Lawrence College is Kent's only High Performance Learning World Class School, one of only 14 schools globally to achieve this coveted accolade.
The school motto Is : "Bono Vince" - "Conquer with Good". The school is small enough for each pupil to be considered and valued as an individual, but large enough to provide challenge through a variety of different subjects, activities and skills areas.
The school has a broadly Anglican ethos but welcomes all faiths or none.
What makes this school different from others?
- Sports Excellence Programme
State of the art new building which is light and bright where our outstanding artists create
State of the art new building with exceptionally strong supportive teachers
Outstanding facilities, one of the only schools with a water based hockey pitch – Elite Athlete Programme.
New 500 seater Theatre, where productions take place twice a year
St Lawrence College has a rich history and a reputation for excellence. The genuine feeling of community is tangible and there is no doubt that the Christian values, boarding ethos, all-through nature of the school and focus on the individual contribute to a feeling of care and compassion that permeates every corner of the campus. It is my honour and privilege to be leading such an outstanding school.
Our aim is to ensure that every individual achieves their potential and this is most clearly illustrated in our excellent Value Added academic results. A combination of dedicated teachers, a broad and challenging curriculum, strong work ethic and focus on core educational skills combine to provide a stimulating, inspiring and purposeful learning experience for our pupils. All of this is underpinned by High Performance Learning; an understanding that intelligence is not fixed and that high performance in education is achievable by all. We are proud to have been one of only 14 schools globally to have been granted the status of a World Class High Performance Learning School.
This belief in the potential of every child is also seen through our pastoral provision. Our dedicated team of Housemasters and Housemistresses provide excellent pastoral and academic support to the pupils in their care. The link between positive mental health and academic success is well publicised and it is our House Pastoral Teams who ensure that each pupil’s wellbeing is maximised to allow them to fully engage and succeed in all areas of school life. The central role of the Chaplain and strong Christian ethos also ensures that our pupils develop an understanding of tolerance, diversity, faith and forgiveness.
St Lawrence has a long history of sporting excellence, with three OLs representing Great Britain in the 1908 Olympic Games and our first hockey international being capped in 1920! The College still boasts an exceptional team of coaches who have helped a number of our teams to win National Championships and our pupils to gain International Honours. However, it is not just sporting excellence that is prized as we aim to provide our pupils with a genuinely holistic education. Children should be exposed to a raft of opportunities and experiences to find their forte, whether this is in the creative arts, charity and service activities or the CCF. The leadership opportunities and understanding of self, community and teamwork that comes from a broad ranging extracurricular programme are essential to developing global citizens who are outward facing, confident, emotionally intelligent and equipped with the skills to lead in the 21st century marketplace.
Whilst we have historic buildings and state of the art facilities, our best asset is our pupils and I would encourage you to visit the school to experience the warmth, sense of purpose and energy that characterises our school day.
Barney Durrant MA
Head of College
Maps,addresses and directions
St Lawrence College
The Junior School
St Lawrence College
programmes and subjects
Art and Design
|Separate Sciences or Coordinated Science||Chemistry|
|subject choices:||Design Technology|
|Drama and Theatre Studies|
|Philosophy and Ethics|
|A*-A / 9-7||32%|
|B / 6-5||
|C and below||
|A level 2019-20|
|C and below||17%|
|Sport. Junior School|
Non-sporting activities. Junior School
Art / Crafts
|Music / Guitar|
|Chess||Music / Harp|
|Computing Club||Music / Orchestra|
|Cookery Club||Music / Percussion|
|Drama||Music / Piano|
|Forest School||Music / Strings|
|Fun Maths||Music / Woodwind|
|Music / Brass||Street Dance|
|Music / Choirs|
Main sports. Senior School
|Other sports. Senior School|
Non-sporting activities. Senior School
Art / Photoshop
|CCF||Music / Choirs|
|Chess||Music / Orchestra|
|DT Club||Science Club|
|Duke of Edinburgh award||Young Enterprise|
The sports facilities are extensive and impressive:
Astro pitch (2)
|Grass Athletics Track|
|Badminton Courts (5)||Medical Centre|
|Basketball court||Netball Courts (8)|
|Basketball Courts||Tennis court hard|
|Climbing Wall (indoor)||Rugby pitch (5)|
|Cricket pitches (3)||Squash court (2)|
|Dance studio||Swimming Pool (indoor)|
|Design Technology studio||Theatre|
|Football pitch (3)|
Whilst primarily a full boarding school, St Lawrence College also offers weekly and flexi-boarding options for younger pupils. Boarding is available from age of 7 - 18 (Years 3-13).
1+ nights: Occasional/flexi boarding
5 nights: Weekly boarding
7 nights: Traditional full boarding
How can I apply to this school?
The main points of entry to St Lawrence College are at ages 4, 11, 13 and 16, but the school also accepts applications for other year groups provided there are places. Boarders are accepted from the age of 11.
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2020-21 Academic Year
|Y3||7-8||9,900 GBP||27,765 GBP|
|Y4||8-9||9,900 GBP||27,765 GBP|
|Y5||9-10||12,270 GBP||27,765 GBP|
|Y6||10-11||12,270 GBP||27,765 GBP|
|Y7||11-12||15,750 GBP||30,885 GBP|
|Y8||12-13||15,750 GBP||30,885 GBP|
|Y9||13-14||15,750 GBP||36,909 GBP|
|Y10||14-15||15,750 GBP||36,909 GBP|
|Y11||15-16||15,750 GBP||36,909 GBP|
|Y12||16-17||16,245 GBP||36,909 GBP|
|Y13||17-18||16,245 GBP||36,909 GBP|