St Lawrence College

Location: Ramsgate, Kent

Age of pupils: 3-18 y.o.

Gender: Co-educational

Boarding: Day, Weekly boarding, Full boarding

Pupils: 650

Head: Mr Barney Durrant

Last updated 25.03.2021

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
School strengths:

Strong Arts
State of the art new building which is light and bright where our outstanding artists create

Strong Science
State of the art new building with exceptionally strong supportive teachers

Strong Sports
Outstanding facilities, one of the only schools with a water based hockey pitch – Elite Athlete Programme.

Strong Drama
New 500 seater Theatre, where productions take place twice a year

Message from the Head of the school

Headmaster photoSt 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

Senior School
St Lawrence College
College Road
CT11 7AE

The Junior School
St Lawrence College
College Road
CT11 7AF

programmes and subjects

GCSE A Level
core subjects:

Art and Design

(Language and Literature or just Language)

Mathematics Business
Separate Sciences or Coordinated Science  Chemistry
subject choices: Design Technology


Drama and Theatre Studies




English Literature

Design Technology



Further Mathematics









Physical Education

Music Technology

Religious Studies

Philosophy and Ethics


  Physical Education

academic results

There are two grading systems applied in the UK. Grades in England are indicated by numbers from 1 to 9, where 9 is the highest grade.

System in Wales and Northern Ireland is evaluated using a letter grading scale from G to A*, where A* is the highest grade.

GCSE 2019-20
A*-A / 9-7 32%
B / 6-5


C and below



A level 2019-20
A*-B 83%
C and below 17%


Sport. Junior School


Cricket Rugby
Fencing Scuba diving
Football Swimming
Golf Taekwondo
Netball Tennis


Non-sporting activitiesJunior 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
Gardening Music-making
Music / Brass Street Dance
Music / Choirs  


Main sports. Senior School 








Other sports. Senior School


Athletics Golf
Badminton Horse Riding
Basketball Netball
Climbing Rugby
Fencing Squash
Fitness Table Tennis


Non-sporting activitiesSenior School


Life Saving

Art / Photoshop

CCF Music / Choirs
Chess Music / Orchestra
Dance Musical Theatre
DT Club Science Club
Duke of Edinburgh award Young Enterprise
Film Club  


The sports facilities are extensive and impressive:

Facilities available

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
Fitness centre Trampolin
Football pitch (3)  

boarding options

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).

Boarding Options

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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Currency Converter:

2020-21 Academic Year

Year Age
Day fees
Junior School
R 4-5 7,845 GBP NA
Y1 5-6 7,845 GBP NA
Y2 6-7 7,845 GBP NA
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
Senior School
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

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