LVS Ascot


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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 499 (Boys) 324 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 4 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1803

General Information

If you want to be sure that your child gets the best education, in an environment where they can shine, then LVS Ascot has everything you are looking for. As an independent, non-selective, co-educational school, for young people aged 4-18, LVS Ascot provides a stimulating curriculum, taught in small classes led by highly qualified and enthusiastic teachers.

‘Relationships in the school are outstanding, and contribute to the strong personal development of the pupils and to a highly conducive learning environment.’
ISI inspection 2011

‘A school with timeless values that makes non-selectivity the starting point for success rather than a justification for its absence.’
Good Schools Guide 2012



LVS Ascot is a non-selective, co-educational day and boarding school of around 870 pupils aged 4-18. It is a through-school so pupils can begin their school career at LVS Ascot at age 4 and remain there until they complete Sixth Form.

The school is located on a bright and spacious site amongst 25 acres of landscaped gardens and playing fields. As one of the most modern boarding and day schools in the UK, the purpose built campus provides excellent facilities in a safe and stimulating environment, including a sports centre with indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, sports hall and all-weather sports pitch, dance studio, medical centre, a 300 seat theatre, drama studio and a music technology suite with recording studio, plus a Learning Resource Centre and over 500 networked computer workstations.

Both Junior and Senior school follow the National Curriculum, but with the added feature of a wide range of GCSE, A Level and Vocational options, catering for each individual pupil's strengths. An extensive range of activities and extra-curricular clubs and societies underpin academic studies by providing opportunities for pupils to extend their horizons in team sports, drama and music, visits, clubs, hobbies and interests.

Pastoral care is a great priority at LVS Ascot. In LVS Ascot Senior School each child is allocated to a house, and within that to a tutor group. House Masters and Mistresses, supported by teams of tutors, oversee the welfare and development of their pupils. In LVS Ascot Junior School, pastoral care is undertaken by the children's class teacher. Students are encouraged to give of their best, whether the goal is university entrance, success at GCSE, honour on the Sports field, artistic endeavour, or coping with the trials and tribulations of growing up. LVS Ascot aims to develop ‘caring, confident citizens’ for the future.

Entrance Requirements

Current school report and interview. There is no entrance examination. Main ages for entry are 4, 7, 11, 13 and 16 years. Limited entries at other ages.


Academic scholarships at 11+ and 16+.

Open Days

2018. Junior, Senior and Sixth Form.: Sat. 17th March. Reception Class Only: Sat. 21st April. Senior School and Sixth Form: Sat. 28th April and Junior School: Wed. 9th May.

Please contact us to find out more about our inspiring learning environment and to arrange a visit to see the school and meet the people at the heart of our community – our students. We look forward to seeing you.


2017/2018. All per term.

Our refreshing view of school fees offers a transparent fee structure that includes lunch for day pupils and all meals for weekly and full boarders, curriculum books, exam entrance charges, sports fixture travel, personal accident insurance, the majority of after-school activities and the evening and weekend programme of activities for boarding pupils.

Infants: £3,236 (International £3,595), Junior Day: £3,876 (International £4,303), Junior Boarding: £8,282 (International £9,196)

Senior Day: £5,498 (International £6,107), Senior Boarding: £9,610 (International £10,898)

Sixth Form Day: £5,801 (International £6,203), Sixth Form Boarding: £10,192 (International £10,898)

HM Forces, Licensed Trade and sibling discounts are available.


ISI Inspection 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs Christine Cunniffe

Contact for enquiries: Mrs M Buttimer, Registrar

LVS Ascot
London Road

[t]: 01344 882770
[f]: 01344 890648

Location Description

A 26 acre site, to the west of Ascot on A329. Although set in the Berkshire countryside we are within easy reach of London, M3, M4 and M25 motorways and Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

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School News

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire LVS Ascot Students Top Medal Table At Festival Of Music

Music students from LVS Ascot are celebrating after a record number of medal winning performances at a festival that attracted 160 entries from all over

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the home counties and beyond. The LVS Ascot Music Festival on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th February, taking place for the fourth time, demonstrated the school’s commitment to inspiring young people to exceed their expectations and resulted in LVS Ascot pupils winning 28 medals including 9 Golds and 14 Silver.

The event is quickly becoming established as one of the premier music performance events in the area for young musicians, with a record 160 entries over the two days up 36% on last year’s record of 118. Students from six to eighteen took part in categories including piano, vocal, strings, woodwind and brass in a celebration of musical diversity that reflects the range of music on offer at LVS Ascot.

LVS Ascot students William Brooke, 12, and 15-year-old Alexandra Skachko were the biggest winners, each claiming two Golds and a Silver. William won the top prize in the Piano Grade 6 class and Classical Intermediate Singing Grades 3 and 4, whilst Alexandra was a Gold medallist in Classical Advanced Singing and Folksong Advanced, both Grade 7 and above. Alexandra also won a Bronze medal for Rock and Pop Vocals Grade 7 and above. Students from schools in London and Surrey were also amongst the winners.

As an all-through school, LVS Ascot develops musical talent in pupils from a very early age and this was rewarded by five junior school pupils winning seven medals between them, the youngest being 7-year-old Zachary Bryant who won Silver in the Romantic/Modern Piano Genre class.

LVS Ascot Head of Music James Bryant said: “Our aim as a school is to inspire students to exceed their expectations, and this festival does exactly that for musical pupils. To be able to play in a professional theatre in front of an audience and have your efforts recognised and rewarded is important, and makes a real difference in the musical development of our students. We are delighted that the LVS Ascot Music Festival helps us share that ethos with other schools and allows their students to enjoy the same experiences and recognition which will help their musical development”.

The overall Best Musician trophy will be awarded at the Festival Winners’ Concert at LVS Ascot on Friday 23rd February, with guests welcome to come and enjoy free entry to watch the performances.

Photo: Double Gold medal winner William Brooke is delighted after one of his performances

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire Former Secretary Of State For Education Nicky Morgan Praises LVS Ascot’s Focus On Character Education


MP and former Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan visited LVS Ascot where she addressed parents on the importance of character education and praised

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the school for its development in this area. She said: “Character isn’t a one-size fits all concept, it is a combination of traits that sets people apart so they can achieve their dreams. I think LVS Ascot is probably much further along on this journey than other schools”.

Nicky, who has been MP for Loughborough since 2010, was invited to LVS Ascot’s theatre where she discussed with parents of pupils from the junior school up to sixth form the benefits developing positive character traits brings. She detailed the advantages this provides to students when applying for jobs and, having been Secretary of State for Education from 2014 to 2016, was perfectly placed to talk about key strengths that employers are looking for from students. The independent all-ability school recently introduced a set of ten Learning Values and Skills to develop junior pupils’ characters for senior school and beyond, of which Nicky was keen to impress the importance. She said employers are looking for candidates that they can train fully in a specific role, but who arrive with key personal skills that will help them to succeed within that training and career.

Nicky said: “The LVS Ascot learning values including self-confidence and collaboration, risk taking and resilience, creativity and curiosity are great values that we all want to see

developed in our young people. The resilience, empathy and initiative traits will really help set the pupils apart in terms of making a success of life, and alongside persistence when things don’t go so well those are the things employers will say they want and they help in terms of high academic attainment too”.

Head of LVS Ascot Junior School Rachael Cox said: “Increasing evidence suggests characteristics such as creativity, empathy and collaboration can be learnt, and acquiring such positive character traits is associated with a range of positive life outcomes. At LVS Ascot we are committed to weaving these into the curriculum along with tailored lessons and engaging activities”.

Sixth form politics student Daniel Walker also interviewed Nicky after her talk. You can view some of the highlights of Nicky’s visit to LVS Ascot here, or watch her full presentation here.

Photo: MP Nicky Morgan with LVS Ascot Head of Junior School Rachael Cox and sixth form student Daniel Walker

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire UK Memory Champions Descend On LVS Ascot To Inspire Students To Greater Academic Success

LVS Ascot became the focal point of the memory world on Saturday 4th November as four memory champions inspired students

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to learn special techniques that will help them surpass their expectations in exams and share the new found knowledge with fellow students. They were at the school to take part in the UK Memory League Championships.

As the only teacher ever to win the UK Memory Championships, LVS Ascot Head of Psychology James Paterson welcomed former UK Memory Champions Marlo Knight, Ben Pridmore (also former three-time World Memory Champion) and Katie Kermode (also reigning UK Memory League Champion) to do battle in a series of challenges that also gave a group of Year 11 students the opportunity to pit their wits against some of the best brains in the world and learn their secrets.

The event saw the memory experts go head to head in a series of 60-second memorisation tasks such as learning an eighty-digit sequence of randomly generated numbers, a full pack of playing cards, a list of fifty random words and the order of thirty unique images.

Select group of students Henry Bole, Simeon Jack and Owen Lambert had the rare opportunity to go head-to-head against the experts in competition and were amazed to see first-hand what is capable with a fully trained memory. Experienced competitors are able to memorise eighty digits in less than 30 seconds as well as a full pack of cards in less than 25 seconds. It was a great opportunity for the students to meet the competitors and discuss their use of memorisation techniques to enhance their own skills.

Alongside this event, the three Year 11 students at the independent all-ability school took part in the first ever UK Schools Memory League Championships, competing in a shortened version of the events, with Henry Bole emerging victorious. Henry said: “It was a great opportunity to meet some of the best memorisers in the world and showed us just how far it is possible to take these skills. I have used them in revision and I can already see how useful they will be when it comes to my GCSE exams this summer”.

The boys will now be invited to train much younger students at LVS Ascot with a view to hosting inter-school competitions in the future.  LVS Ascot Head of Psychology and former UK Memory Champion James Paterson said: “Ultimately this exciting competition will help students apply new found skills to their studies, something that I have done successfully in the past and something that students always find a great addition to a balanced set of study skills. It fits perfectly with the school’s ethos of inspiring students to flourish and exceed their expectations”.

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire LVS Ascot Principal Addresses Forum On Future Of Education At International Show

LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe was invited to share her expertise at the Independent Schools Show in London on Sunday 12th November,

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addressing a forum on the future of education.

With 5,000 visitors from around the world attracted to the Independent Schools Show, a series of talks featured the Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham University and the Education Editor of The Sunday Times alongside Christine Cunniffe, who has also featured several times recently as an education voice of authority on ITV’s This Morning show.

In her address on the future of education, Christine Cunniffe said: “The employment landscape is changing with certain professions disappearing and I believe automated services will signal an impact on the workforce. My youngest son spends 3 hours or more a day on his computer, which horrified me initially, but for what he wants to do it is essential and therefore what is the difference between that and me practicing on the piano for 3 hours a day forty years ago?”

She continued: “Now we are all producers, not consumers, and we are not all the same – that’s why we recognise at LVS Ascot that all students are individuals and learn differently and at different times. The confines of the traditional classroom often don’t recognise this. I’m not sure that there is enough encouragement of entrepreneurship and innovation and encouraging our children to take risks. Our job should be to nurture and support them, and give them the opportunities to find and develop new skills. We have set up a party of LVS Ascot parents working in industry to look at the challenges of the future and help initiate programmes at school, such as our recent apprenticeships evening where we welcomed Coca Cola amongst others to talk about future opportunities for our students”.

LVS Ascot’s stand at the event drew large numbers of visitors to find out more about the independent all-ability school’s ethos of inspiring students to exceed their expectations. The confidence being instilled in pupils was demonstrated by LVS Ascot sixth formers Ana

and Ilia Vlasov, both 17 and boarding students at LVS Ascot, managing the stand for an afternoon as ambassadors for the school. This allowed prospective parents to find out from the students themselves what LVS Ascot has helped them to achieve, and express interest in attending the school’s next open day on Saturday 18th November.

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All 160 students in the LVS Ascot Junior School enjoyed a captivating day of activities last week as Outdoor Learning Day on Thursday 12th October took

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them from the classroom into the school’s 25 acre grounds to explore and discover new things, with some students making the trip to the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge in Wiltshire.

The youngest pupils in Reception Class to Year 2 enjoyed a scavenger hunt around the school grounds to encourage them to use their imaginations to find items which met certain criteria including bugs and plants.  The sessions were overseen by one of the school’s Outdoor Pursuit teachers, Mr Wyndham-Smith who leads sixth formers on Duke of Edinburgh trips, demonstrating the benefit of being an all-through school with teaching expertise shared across age-groups.

Year 4 pupils were given a session on trust and communication which involved a number of teamwork activities and problem solving tasks, whilst all pupils enjoyed an opportunity to read outdoors. Older students in Year 6 were taught map reading skills as part of an orienteering session which involved following a series of instructions to move from point to point within the leafy school grounds.

Pupils in Year 5 made the exciting trip to Stonehenge in Wiltshire where they discovered the history of the famous monument and learned how prehistoric man lived and how they managed to create the iconic ring of stones.

The independent all-ability school has recently launched a new focus for the juniors on five sets of learning values and skills – creativity and curiosity, empathy and reflection, independence and initiative, risk taking and resilience and self-confidence and collaboration. These characteristics are woven into all lessons, but the outdoor learning day presented the perfect opportunity to reinforce those values in a different setting.

Head of Junior School Rachael Cox said: “By having a day like this outside the classroom, where every child is involved, they are able to work together across year groups and show collaboration and self-confidence, take risks and do things that they might not otherwise do. It was an inspiring day that really engaged them with learning and trying new things”.

You can see more of LVS Ascot’s Great Outdoor Learning Day here, and people can see the school’s grounds for themselves at the next open day on Saturday 18th November. 

Pictures:  A group of LVS Ascot pupils at the school’s lake on Outdoor Learning Day

LVS Ascot independent day and boarding school Berkshire

Almost 400 girls from schools as far away as Middlesbrough and Wales descended on LVS Ascot school on Tuesday as 46 teams took part in

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the ISA Girls Football Festival. There was further great excitement as Reading and England internationals Jade Moore and Jo Potter were joined by Arsenal’s American World Cup-winner Heather O’Reilly to present the prizes and sign autographs.

With nine pitches in operation at any one time, the independent all-ability school’s 25-acre site was a sea of colour as girls in three age categories – under 11, under 13 and under 15 – battled it out in mini-leagues and then knockout competition.  In between matches, players were able to have their pictures taken with the women’s FA Cup to inspire them to aim for the top, and each team was also able to enjoy a masterclass training session with the Arsenal women’s community coaches.

World Cup winner Heather O’Reilly said: “It is exciting for me to be at an event like this to see how much the sport has grown over here, how many girls are having fun playing and learning so many qualities about themselves through football. LVS Ascot has amazing facilities, there are so many beautiful fields for the girls to compete on”. You can see more of Heather’s interview and highlights from the event here

The full list of final results are as follows:

U11Trophy: Parsons Green (London) beat Holme Grange (Berkshire)

U11 Plate: LVS Ascot (Berkshire) beat Gateway (Bucks)

U11 Cup: Southbank Kensington (London) beat St Mary’s (Bucks)

U13 Bowl: Luckley House (Berkshire) beat LVS Ascot (Berkshire)

U13 Trophy: King Alfred (London) beat Park School (Somerset)

U13 Plate: Akeley Wood (Bucks) beat Lingfield College (Surrey)

U13 Cup: Ballard (Hampshire) beat Red House (Stockton on Tees)

U15 Trophy: Holme Grange (Berkshire) beat Lingfield College (Surrey)

U15 Plate: Akeley Wood (Bucks) beat King Alfred (London)

U15 Cup: Meoncross (Hants) beat LVS Ascot (Berkshire)

LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “LVS Ascot aims to inspire young people to exceed their expectations, and by supporting this incredible ISA event by hosting 46 teams from all over the country we will hopefully help to produce women’s footballers of the future. To be able to welcome international players to the school as well as the Women’s FA Cup also helped inspire the girls present and open their minds to the possibilities ahead of them in the future”.

LVS Ascot will be welcoming families to see its facilities for themselves again at the school’s next open morning on Saturday 18th November.

Picture: Girls from LVS Ascot excited to be hosting the national ISA Girls Football Festival

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World famous presenter and children’s author Clare Balding thrilled LVS Ascot students on Friday 6th October with tales of sporting heroism and her own writing tips.

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Students from years 5 and above enjoyed entertaining theatre sessions in which Clare encouraged them to chase their dreams and use their own experiences as the basis of creative writing. Some pupils at the independent all-ability school were even invited up on stage to tell Clare – and the audience – their story ideas so she could give them advice on how to expand the stories.

Clare, who has just released The Racehorse Who Disappeared as the sequel to her debut children’s novel The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop, recounted inspirational stories of top sportspeople such as Victoria Pendleton and the Brownlee brothers who had defied the odds to succeed. She told LVS Ascot students: “There will have been people in your life that have said to you ‘you can’t do that’. I say to you that if you want to do it, find a way of doing it because you can – it is in your head. You are the authors of your own life”.

A further session took place which included students from visiting schools including Papplewick and Easthampstead Park with Clare continuing to offer tips of how students can enhance their interest in reading and skills in writing. Two LVS Ascot students, Amy Harrington-Cook and Maya Mignot, were able to interview Clare and find out more about her books and what motivated her to become an author. You can see some of their questions and Clare’s answers here. Maya said: “Clare Balding’s visit was really interesting as she got so many pupils involved up on the stage and it was interesting to hear what inspired her – it made us want to read more and be more creative with our own writing”.

After the theatre sessions, Clare chatted to her young fans and signed books in the LVS Ascot Learning Resources Centre, writing personalised messages into copies of both of her books.

LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “We were delighted to welcome Clare Balding to LVS Ascot and give our students an insight into both her writing and the stories of sporting heroism she has collected as a sports presenter, which were very inspirational. Our students really took these on board and will hopefully use them to really flourish in areas in which they excel”

Picture: Clare Balding discusses story ideas and how to expand on them with young LVS Ascot writers

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A leading candidate and finalist from The Apprentice in 2015, Richard Woods, was one of several high profile speakers at LVS Ascot on Tuesday 3rd October

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inspiring students to consider the benefits of apprenticeships. Successful entrepreneur Richard was joined by Coca-Cola’s Head of Apprenticeships Sharon Blyfield and Craig Cobb from Computacenter to discuss the different ways to gain employment at the ‘Routes To The World Of Work’ evening.

The stimulating and entertaining evening helped open the minds of students to looking at the skills they will need for the world of work and the many opportunities that will be available to them in the future. Parent Carol Milligan, whose son James is in Year 9 at the all-ability co-educational school, said: “It has been really good for parents to understand how our children have other options available to them other than the traditional university route. I didn’t realise until tonight that there were company sponsored degree apprenticeships available”.

The day before the latest series of the hit BBC show The Apprentice began, 2015 finalist Richard Woods took to the stage to talk about his meteoric rise and obsession for marketing and entrepreneurship which has led to him running a large portfolio of businesses including digital marketing agency Yomp and oil distribution company Top Up Fuels. He said: “It is really refreshing that LVS Ascot is actively involving businesses to dispel the myth that university is the only choice for young people. It is inspiring students to think differently and make the right choice for them”.

One of the largest multinational companies, Coca-Cola, was also represented on stage by Sharon Blyfield and two of their current apprentices, to give LVS Ascot students a flavour of how they can expect to benefit from an apprenticeship. Sharon said: “Tonight is a great opportunity for students and parents to hear real life apprentice experiences and why they chose to earn and learn with Coca-Cola”.

LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “The workplace is rapidly changing, with 80% of the jobs that our Year 7 pupils will go on to when they leave education not even existing yet. Our job is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum and vibrant co-curricular programme to build resilience and develop key skills, and ensure that our students are aware of all the opportunities available to them when they leave. Tonight has helped equip them with that knowledge in an inspirational way”

Picture: The Apprentice 2015 finalist Richard Woods with LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe


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An elite performance coach who has worked with some of the biggest names in sport, including the British Lions and Manchester City FC, turned his

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attention to students at LVS Ascot on Friday 29thSeptember. Dr Dave Alred MBE, described by Jonny Wilkinson as “a genius who changed my life”, was at the school to give its students a mental edge on the sports field and in the exam room.

Dave Alred is a pioneer in performance mindset and attitude and holds a PhD in Performing Under Pressure from Loughborough University. He shared the secrets of success with students at LVS Ascot keen to discover how to exceed their expectations and reach the top level. Whereas previously sporting greats such as the England rugby team and major golf winners have listened avidly as Dave helped improve them beyond what they thought possible, on Friday it was the turn of LVS Ascot pupils to find out that they can aim even higher. A session for nearly 40 gifted and talented PE students at the all ability co-educational school gave them an insight into the mindset needed to become a top sportsman, and allowed them to ask questions to help them to flourish in future.

With a drive for academic success also a key aspect at LVS Ascot, the school capitalised on Dave’s belief in the transference of learning and ability to develop mind coaching techniques during a session with the school’s Psychology students. A working lunch with twelve year 13 A-level students allowed them to find out more about Dave’s approach and gain tips on coping with pressure in various circumstances such as exams.

Dave Alred said: “Students preparing for exams are in danger of being involved in negative avoidance – trying not to make mistakes rather than focusing on achieving the best they can. I have been reinforcing the message to LVS Ascot’s students that it is ok to make mistakes as long as they are working as hard as they can and aiming to improve“.

Head of Psychology at LVS Ascot James Patterson added: “LVS Ascot is a school where we inspire all students to exceed their expectations, and to be able to harness the experience of a man in demand amongst the top sportsmen in the world demonstrates our commitment to ensuring no-one is better prepared than our students to do that”.


Picture: Dave Alred with year 13 Psychology students from LVS Ascot



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 Less than three weeks after announcing the school’s highest ever A-Level pass rate of 99.5%, LVS Ascot unveiled a stunning new-look sixth form centre on

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Tuesday 5th September. The development, designed to inspire A-Level students to exceed their expectations, drew rave reviews from both parents and students keen to make use of the exciting development.

A crowd of over 100 parents and both prospective and current sixth formers were present at the independent all-ability school’s official opening of the centre, and were impressed with the results. A modern, open plan feel with designated study rooms, social space and cabin-style meeting areas are combined with glass-fronted classrooms containing interactive smart boards to aid learning, and university-style seating to help students prepare for the transition to higher education.

Parent Clare Parry-Jones, whose son Bryn received excellent GCSE results at LVS Ascot last month and will return to the new sixth form centre to sit A-Levels, said: “We are delighted it is finished, and it looks a wonderful learning environment. The open classrooms and spaces, the teaching environment that looks like it will do at university – it is going to give the students here a real opportunity”.

Former student Tom Cunniffe, who left LVS Ascot and has just received a first class honours degree from Swansea University, said: “It is really different, and very nice now it is all opened up – it is a really inclusive space for students”.

Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “LVS Ascot believes it is important to invest in the futures of our students. We are proud to open the new sixth form centre, from a vision to provide them with a more grown up and corporate environment. It has a real university style feel, which is important as we believe in equipping students for their futures beyond the school. This will help them with that transition and build on our excellent A-Level results last month”.

The development is part of a range of investment that the all-through school has made in facilities this summer, including the complete refurbishment of the junior boarding house.


Photo: Two of the new glass-fronted classrooms with university-style seating at LVS Ascot

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LVS Ascot achieved the impressive milestone of over 30% A* and A grades for the first time, up from 26% in 2016, as the independent

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all-ability school celebrated an excellent set of results showing rises in all areas.

The success was shared by all students, with 85.5% of all papers achieving A* – C grades (83.8% last year) and 93.2% of students recording five or more A* – C grades, up from 90.1% in 2016. 13% of all students received at least three A* grades.

Headline figures:

  • Grade A* exam papers –  8.1% (up from 4.9% in 2016)
  • Grade A exam papers –   22.2% (up from 21.1% in 2016)
  • Grade A* and A exam papers –  30.3% (up from 26% in 2016)
  • Grade A* – B exam papers – 61% (up from 58% in 2016)
  • Grade A* – C exam papers – 85.5% (up from 83.8% in 2016)
  • Students with 5 or more A* – C grades – 93.2% (up from 90.1% in 2016)
  • Students with 5 or more A* – C grades inc. Maths & English – 88% (up from 87.4% in 2016)

Tom Reid had more reason than most to celebrate after sitting a number of exams in hospital whilst paralysed by an infection. In April he fell ill with a bacterial disease that attacked his spine and brain. He was told at John Radcliffe hospital to forget his exams this year as he wouldn’t be able to sit them, and may end up wheelchair-bound for life. LVS Ascot supported Tom’s determination to focus on and still sit his exams, and worked with the hospital and exam board to make it happen, resulting in an A, five Bs and three Cs. During his initial exams he required a scribe to write for him and someone to read the exam questions due to his paralysis. As he improved he worked on his handwriting and was able to take some exams independently. His mother Melanie said: “I’m hugely proud of Tom. The school has been amazingly supportive and nurtured Tom to the position he is in today. LVS Ascot has offered unfaltering attention to Tom even when Tom had no motivation. Teachers from the school visited him in hospital regularly, helped him revise and worked with Tom on achievable goals. The support he has had from the school has been incredible. So much so Tom is now going to stay here for A-Levels rather than go to Henley College where he was going to attend. Tom has exceeded my expectations; I am bursting with pride”.

It has been an incredible month for Darshan Solanki who celebrated achieving an amazing nine A*s and two As having been at the school since Year 7 on an academic scholarship. He will now stay on to study biology, chemistry and maths A-levels at LVS Ascot sixth form. This time last month, Darshan was part of the LVS Ascot Duke of Edinburgh trip to Nepal which saw students feed elephants, dance with tribesmen, teach pupils at a local school and take on a six-day trek through monsoon rains. His mother Rina said: “I’m ecstatic with his results as he has put in so much hard work. We owe thanks to the school and teachers who have provided him with so many opportunities in music, sport and trips as well as academic support. The school is not just about academic achievement, they have offered Darshan the chance to be involved in so many other things and it has brought the best out of him”

Another student whose exam success has added to amazing additional experiences at LVS Ascot is Bryn Parry-Jones who achieved six A*s, three Bs and two Cs. He will now study physics, maths and computing at LVS Ascot’s new sixth form centre which opens in September and will provide a modern and welcoming environment for existing and new students. In March Bryn was able to meet and gain advice from a leading world technology expert for his Extended Project Qualification as the school welcomed Mark Silis to the school. Mark, Associate Vice President at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, offered Bryn advice on his project around cloud-based storage solutions and praised the level of LVS Ascot’s IT and computing teaching.

Daniel Walker returned from Reading Festival in his pyjamas to collect his results – a trip that was richly rewarded with three As and six Bs before he returned back to Reading Festival where he is looking forward to seeing Eminem. Daniel will now study biology, chemistry and maths A-levels at LVS Ascot, emulating his brother Jake, on hand to support Daniel today, who collected impressive A-level results from the school last week which have sent him to his first choice of Loughborough University.

The Barnes twins – Christina and Harriet – were also delighted after both achieved multiple A*s and will now go on to study A-Levels together. Other students celebrating included A’isha Usman-Mu’Azu and Irvine Mviti who received five A*s, four As and oneB, and four A*s, five As and one B respectively.

Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “I am extremely proud of all of our GCSE students who have shown that hard work produces excellent results, and of our teaching staff for inspiring them to exceed their expectations. To be over 30% for A* and A grades is an amazing achievement and was the high point of a really good set of results. I am delighted that the majority of students will be staying on to LVS Ascot’s new sixth form centre which opens in September”.


Photo: Tom Reid, pictured with mother Melanie, was paralysed when exams began four months ago but with the school’s support achieved excellent results

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire First Class Honours Success For LVS Ascot Class Of 2014

For many students awaiting results August is a nervous time, but the class of 2014 from LVS Ascot are already celebrating

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after a number of students graduated this week with first class honours degrees. In 2014 fifty-eight students at the independent all-ability school celebrated A-level success, with over 80% of them getting in to their first or second choice universities. Three years on many of those students have now graduated with some excellent results in a range of subjects.

Cameron Mundie, 21, studied maths, economics and history A-levels at LVS Ascot before going on to sit a degree in Economics and Finance at De Montfort University in Leicester where he has just celebrated graduating with first class honours. His mother Nicola said: “The interesting thing is that when Cameron was at school in the United Arab Emirates he hated maths, but then he came to LVS Ascot and says his life changed when he met his maths teacher who altered the course of Cameron’s future. LVS rocks!”

Fellow LVS Ascot student Hattie Audaer is also celebrating following her first class honours degree from Birmingham University, one of the Russell Group universities which are considered to be the top higher education establishments in the country. Their 24 members, at which a quarter of LVS Ascot students go on to study, include Oxford and Cambridge. Hattie’s A-levels in Philosophy, Psychology and Drama led her to a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts at Birmingham, and her top class success is now taking her on a fascinating career path which will see her helping children with special needs. In October Hattie will begin a masters in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, with her area of interest being how theatre can be used to aid communication and imagination for children and adults with severe autism. Her ambition is to set up a theatre company, taking adaptations of classical texts into residential placements and special needs schools.

LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe was at Swansea University last week to witness the graduation of her son Tom, another of the LVS Ascot class of 2014, who received a first class honours degree in Economics and Finance. He is going on now to study a masters in Finance at Queen Mary’s (London) in September.

Another successful graduate with a first at university and considering a masters is Olivia Schoeller. Olivia has just received a top-class degree in Business from the Brighton Business School at the University of Brighton, and is applying for a masters which she may defer for a year to gain experience in the meantime via internships. She said: “I could not be more excited and I am looking forward to what the future holds for me”.

Tom Buxton, who left LVS Ascot in 2013, also joined the first class honours club from the school this summer having graduated with a first in Journalism from City University London. Tom was present at the LVS Ascot summer alumni event last month which meant he was able to celebrate his success with his former school friends.

LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “I am delighted that our former students have gone on to be so successful in higher education.  LVS Ascot is a special place where every student can flourish as an individual and are inspired to exceed their expectations, so it is great to see that continuing beyond the school. Our numerous initiatives such as the LVS Advantage programme and unique Institute of Leadership and Management course are designed to ensure no-one is more prepared for higher education and careers than an LVS Ascot student, and we are pleased to see that borne out by the first class honours degrees received by our alumni this summer”.

Photo: Cameron Mundie graduating with a first at De Montfort University in Leicester

LVS Ascot School Independent Berkshire Nepal Visit The Trip Of A Lifetime For LVS Ascot Students

A group of Duke of Edinburgh students from LVS Ascot returned on Saturday 5th August from an exhilarating trip to Nepal which saw them enjoy

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an amazing variety of experiences. Three weeks that began with a canoe ride to a crocodile farm and feeding elephants also saw them teaching at a Nepalese school, providing the children with new shoes, and battling monsoon rains and leeches on a six-day hike in the mountains.

The amazing adventure for the fifteen students and two teachers from the independent all-ability school began on Friday 14th July with a flight to Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, from where they travelled to the world heritage site Chitwan National Park. The Year 11 and Year 13 students met members of the Tharu tribe and joined in with a tribal stick dance outside their huts made of elephant grass, mud and manure. The following day a safari provided the opportunity to see one-horned rhinos, wild boars and Asian elephants, which they were able to feed and bathe, as well as a trek through the jungle and travelling by canoe to a crocodile farm.

The varied itinerary next saw a valuable contribution from the students to a community project in Bhaktapur, an eye-opening experience at Vidyarthi Niketan secondary school which had been badly affected by an earthquake in 2015. For five days the LVS Ascot students helped teach subjects including English at the school to children aged 7 to 14, and also spent time painting and decorating a nursery there. Head of Outdoor Pursuits Laura Turner said: “The Nepalese children were so happy to have our students teaching them, you could hear the fun and laughter from the classrooms around the site. One of our students, Callum, turned 18 whilst we were there and was sung to by all the Nepalese children – what a great birthday!”

With one of LVS Ascot’s goals being to develop caring, confident citizens for the future, the most amazing and rewarding part of the trip for the students was buying and then presenting new school shoes to the Nepalese school children. This provided a great way to help the school, with a direct benefit to the children who were delighted to receive them as many had basic flip flops as their only footwear.

The final part of the LVS Ascot Nepal trip saw students take on a six-day trek in the Annapurna mountain range. They battled heat and humidity walking eight hours a day and on one day ascended over 1,500 metres by climbing up 7,000 steps. Having reached the summit of Poon Hill at 3,210 metres, the trek continued for several days through monsoon rains which brought out the leeches, something all students experienced, to bring to a close an amazing three weeks that provided students with many tales to tell and a different outlook on life.

Principal of LVS Ascot Christine Cunniffe said: “Our trip to Nepal was exhilarating, varied, educational and inspiring – everything we deliver in an LVS Ascot education but in a setting our students have never experienced before! This trip of a lifetime is just one of the opportunities we provide students with to help them flourish and grow, and I am delighted they were such excellent ambassadors for the school and took so much from the trip”.

Photo: LVS Ascot’s Head of Outdoor Pursuits Laura Turner leads the way on a trek through Nepal

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LVS Ascot students are celebrating after setting a new record for the school with a pass rate of 99.5%, beating last year’s previous best and

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easily surpassing the national average which dropped to 97.9%.

Nearly 50% of all grades were A* – B (48.2%), compared to 44% last year, and almost four out of every five examinations resulted in an A* – C grade (78.4%, up from 73.2% in 2016). The results demonstrate how the independent all-ability school successfully helps all students flourish and exceed expectations, improving results across the full range of students to achieve more A* – C grades than in eight of the last nine years along with the record pass rate. 33 departments out of 34 boasted a 100% pass rate.

Headline figures are:

  • Grade A* – B results – 48.2% (up from 44% in 2016, 42.6% in 2015 and 41.9% in 2014)
  • Grade A* – C results – 78.4% (up from 73.2% in 2016, 62.2% in 2015 and 71.8% in 2014)
  • Overall pass rate A* – E – 99.5% (up from 99.2% in 2016, 96.2% in 2015 and 96.1% in 2014)
  • 73 students took A-level exams, sitting 196 A-levels in total 

Simon Newns has earned a coveted place at Oxford University’s Balliol College to study engineering sciences after achieving A* in both maths and physics, along with A for further maths and his EPQ (extended project qualification). Simon follows in the footsteps of his brother Michael, who in 2015 also received straight two A*s and an A at LVS Ascot and has since gone on to study at Imperial College in London. Simon said: “I’ve been at the school since Year 5 and was not very confident before but LVS Ascot has really boosted my confidence and it has shown in my results. The teachers have been incredible and got me exactly where I wanted to go to do exactly what I wanted to do – it’s brilliant”. You can watch Simon talk about his success and hear the reaction of Principal Christine Cunniffe here.

A budding artist who has already been exhibited at the Tate Modern will continue to pursue his artistic aspirations after highlighting LVS Ascot’s ability to nurture and balance both academic and artistic ambition in students. Jake Walker, whose school project art installation video was of such high quality that it was on show at the Tate Modern last summer, achieved AABB and will now study a foundation art course at Loughborough University.

LVS Ascot also welcomed Councillor Jordan Masters to collect his results. The 18-year-old last month became one of the youngest councillors in the country when winning the election for a place on Winkfield Parish Council. Jordan has secured a place at Royal Holloway College to study law, with his future aspirations to work within the Crown Prosecution Service and continue his association with politics. Jordan’s father Lee said: “Jordan came to LVS Ascot on a scholarship and we wanted him to come here as it offered the suite of subjects that he wanted to study. It has been a fantastic experience, LVS Ascot is a great big family and has been very supportive. It is a blessing”. You can watch the interview with Jordan and his family here.

Frankie Deacon celebrated achieving A*AC, helping her gain a place at her first choice of the University of Surrey. Frankie said: “I have been involved in so many things at LVS Ascot – as well as getting the right grades I have been Head of House, a music prefect, a peer mentor, school ambassador and also performed on stage in drama productions and music concerts”. Her mother Janice added: “Frankie has developed and blossomed into a lovely young lady here with great confidence. It isn’t just about the academics at this school, they focus on what is good for the children and develop them in whatever passions they have”. You can watch Frankie and her mum talk about what she has done during her time at the school here.

Sophia Cunniffe, daughter of LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe, made it a special month for the family by achieving Bs in economics, biology and music technology and is set to do an economics degree at Goldsmiths, University of London. Just two weeks earlier her brother Tom, who achieved BBC in his A-Levels at LVS Ascot, graduated from Swansea University with a first class honours degree in economics and finance. He was one of a number of the LVS Ascot class of 2014 to obtain first class degrees this summer, demonstrating the crucial academic foundation LVS Ascot provides for students with further education ambitions.

LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “It is brilliant to have beaten last year’s record pass rate with 99.5% this year. Importantly our success isn’t just about those at the highest level such as Simon Newns, it is shared by all of our students with nearly 80% of all exams being graded A* – C. It proves that every student can flourish here whether their aspirations are to gain the grades to go to Oxford, or achieve results beyond their expectations to go on to further education or their chosen vocation”.


Photo:  LVS Ascot students (l-r) Jamie Cooper, Ryan Forster, Francesca Rawlinson, Alistair Drape, Alice Newlands, Jake Walker, Frankie Deacon and Simon Newns celebrate their A-Level results

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire Outstanding Achievements Recognised At LVS Ascot President’s Day

Over 1,500 parents, students and teachers joined together at LVS Ascot on Thursday 6th July to honour the outstanding achievements of

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students throughout the past academic year. The ceremony took place in the independent all-ability school’s hall where trophies were presented to the highest achievers, and the celebrations continued with a barbecue and live music on an outdoor stage.

The ceremony brought to a close a superb year at the all-through school which began with LVS Ascot celebrating its highest ever A-level pass rate of 99.2% and went on to produce a cutting-edge promenade production of Alice In Wonderland, achieve national success in sport and excel in regional STEM competitions. The school’s houses also raised over £12,000 in the year for charities from the NSPCC to Help For Heroes and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Rousing and emotional speeches were delivered by outgoing Head Boy Alistair Drape and Head Girl Jessica Tipping, with the new Head Boy and Head Girl announced for 2017-18, Oliver Bonnett and Ella Desmond respectively. There were also subject prizes awarded for each year group along with coveted academic, drama, music and physical education scholarships and bursaries.

Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “It has been another incredible year at LVS Ascot and today has reinforced what a special place this is where every student can flourish as an individual. The level of opportunities available for students to excel are a credit to the approach and dedication of the staff, and our students deserve recognition for taking those opportunities to further their development and achieve great things”.

The LVS Ascot Junior School marked the end of its year with their equivalent, Celebration Day, on Wednesday 5th July. A formal prize giving ceremony saw awards given out in each year for achievement and progress, along with the much anticipated announcement of who would be Head Boy and Head Girl which went to Miles Denning and Abigail Gartside respectively. Abigail’s mother Michaela said: “It has been a fantastic day as it is really enjoyable to celebrate the junior school’s success. Abigail has been here since Reception and loves it here, as she has had so many opportunities to get involved in school life both academically and in extra-curricular activities”.

LVS Ascot’s short Senior School President’s Day highlights film can be seen here, and the Junior School Celebration Day film can be seen here.

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