Lancing College

West Sussex

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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 360 (Boys) 225 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 13 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1848

General Information

Lancing College is a Christian foundation in the Anglican Tradition. The college educates boys and girls to develop a love of learning and to reach their full potential, enriched by the arts and physical activities. It prepares young men and women of vision and integrity who will be of service to their fellow human beings.

Facilities

Chapel, indoor swimming pool, 3 squash courts, multi-gym, 2 all weather pitches, all weather cricket nets, 28 tennis courts, 4 Eton fives courts, dance studio and both indoor and outdoor purpose built theatres. There are 2 orchestras and a variety of choirs, bands and ensembles.

The Lancing College Farm Project provides experience for students with agricultural, veterinary and conservation interests.

Pupils are able to participate in clay pigeon shooting, sailing, canoeing, fencing, astronomy, photography and Public Speaking as well as CCF, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Community Service.

The new Lancing College Equestrian Centre opened its doors in June 2017 and is now fully operational. It is open for use by pupils at the College and also the wider local community. Set in over 15 acres, the Centre has 21 stables, a 40 x 20m all-weather arena and bridleway access to superb riding in the South Downs National Park. Pupils can choose whether to have their own horse stabled at the Centre or use the Centre’s horses to have riding and stable management lessons.

Entrance Requirements

13+ : Common Entrance Examination or school’s own entrance tests, interview. 16+ : GCSE results, current school report, interview and Verbal Reasoning test.

Scholarships

A wide range of entrance awards, which may be augmented by means-tested bursaries, is available for entry at ages 13 and 16.

Open Days

2018. Open Morning: Sat. 5th May, 10.30am. This is ideally suited for parents and pupils considering the Third or Fourth Form at Lancing College from 2019 and beyond.

All visits are welcome, please contact the Admission Manager to book a personal visit (tel. 01273 465805; email admissions@lancing.org.uk)

Fees

2017/2018. Boarding students: £11,645 per term. Day students: £8,190 per term.

Reports

ISI Educational Quality 2017
ISI Compliance Inspection 2017

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Dominic Oliver

Contact for enquiries: Dr Andrew Betts, Registrar

Lancing College
Lancing
West Sussex
BN15 0RW

[t]: 01273 465805
[f]: 01273 464720
[w]: www.lancingcollege.co.uk

Location Description

The school stands in 550 acres of beautiful grounds in the South Downs national park.

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School News

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Lancing College is delighted to announce that Raphael (Rafi) Bellamy Plaice has been awarded BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year 2017 (boys) in

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this year’s competition which was held at the BBC Philharmonic Studios at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Currently in the Third Form at Lancing, Rafi was one of eight finalists who made it through two rigorous preliminary rounds, facing tough competition from other young and talented singers from around the country. In the final Rafi sang the hymn Now the Green Blade Riseth, to the French carol tune Noël Nouvelet, and then But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming from Handel’s Messiah. After the winners were announced, he sang a duet (with the Girl Chorister of the Year, Ischia Gooda), John Rutter’s I Will Sing with the Spirit. 

The Young Chorister of the Year programme and Rafi’s winning performance can be heard on the BBC Radio 2 website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nh7xv

Rafi, former Head Chorister at Chichester Cathedral, won a music scholarship and joined Lancing this September from The Prebendal School in Chichester. He is one of three siblings at Lancing and has well-known parents in the music world, Marcia Bellamy (opera singer) and Stephen Plaice (writer and playwright).

In addition to taking his place in the Lancing College Choir, where he regularly performs as a soloist, Rafi is a keen cricketer and Egyptologist.

Commenting on the award Dominic Oliver, Head Master said “All of us at Lancing are absolutely delighted that Rafi has been recognised in this way. A modest young man who loves to perform and does so with exquisite skill, I cannot think of a more deserving winner. Lancing has a fine tradition of outstanding musicianship, with pupils studying and performing at the very highest levels at the College and beyond”.

 

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On Friday 22 September, Lancing College hosted BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? in the College Chapel. Jonathan Dimbleby welcomed the audience of over three hundred

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and fifty to the historic Chapel, describing its features to guests both familiar and new.

The BBC’s popular topical radio programme invites some of the most notable names in politics, media and business to discuss the salient and controversial issues of the day. Friday evening was no exception, with lively debate between panellists Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work Penny Mordaunt MP, columnist and author Charles Moore, and political commentator and broadcaster Steve Richards.

Guests for Friday’s broadcast gathered from across the local Hove, Shoreham and Worthing community, including students from Worthing College, Sir Robert Woodard Academy, Steyning Grammar School and Shoreham Academy.

Unsurprisingly, Brexit dominated much of the discussion following Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech in Florence earlier in the day. The panel, featuring both supporters and opponents of Britain’s exit from the European Union, fiercely debated what the Prime Minister’s speech meant for the future of the country. Irrespective of where the listeners’ sympathies lay, the debate was gripping and set the tone for successive topics.

As the night progressed, other current issues were addressed, including the recent verbal dispute between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, the Uber licence and the charitable status of independent schools.

Lancing Chapel is open to the public daily and is a regular feature on tours of the Sussex coast. It welcomes over 4,000 people every year.

Following a strong performance in A Level results last week, pupils at Lancing College can celebrate a successful achievement in their GCSEs with 81% of

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exams taken scoring A* to B. Other highlights include:

  • 57% of GSCEs taken scored A* to A and nearly 1/3 of grades were achieved at A*
  • 72% of pupils scored A* or A in Maths, an increase of 6% on 2016
  • Other strong performances were achieved across the Sciences with 82% achieving A* or A in Physics
  • Nine pupils achieved a clean sweep of A* and As across all the subjects they took with eight gaining an A* in ten or more subjects
  • 15 pupils achieved eight A*s or more

These results further reinforce Lancing’s strong reputation for consistently high academic achievement.

Commenting on the results, Dominic Oliver, Head Master, said:

“Our pupils have performed exceptionally well this year, improving on results in 2016 in many areas and they should feel proud of the results that they have achieved. We are especially delighted to see further evidence of our strengths in Maths and the Sciences and this follows our excellent performance at A Level last week. Lancing’s pupils enjoy academic success  whilst also experiencing the pleasures of participation and achievement  across music, drama, sport and a whole host of other activities, making an amazing contribution to the wider life of both the College and the broader community. Our Senior School teaches pupils to think for themselves, to explore ideas beyond the curriculum and collaborate as rounded young men and women; these are all vital skills to enable them to thrive and flourish in the Sixth Form. Pupils, parents and staff alike have a great deal to celebrate today.”

 

EXAMPLES OF LANCING PUPILS FROM ACROSS LONDON AND THE SOUTH EAST:

Elian Carniel of Hove, a graduate of Lancing Prep Hove, scored a clean sweep of ten A*s at GCSE and has played county football this year as well as representing our school’s 1st XI while a Fifth Former.

Timothy Clifford of Kensington, London, is the third of three brilliant brothers at the school. His oldest brother is now at Oxford reading Mathematics and Tim, with his brother, continue in the same sporting and academic tradition scooping 9 A*s and an A grade at GCSE.

Hannah Eastbury of Brighton, another graduate of Lancing Prep Hove, scored a clean sweep of 10 A*s along with an A grade in an Additional Mathematics extension paper. Hannah combines her outstanding academic talent with her status as a nationally ranked swimmer.

Sebastian Slade, a graduate of our Lancing Prep Worthing, scored an excellent 9 A*s, an A grade and an A grade in an Additional Mathematics extension paper. Seb, in addition to his academic excellence, represented Sussex at rugby this year.

Charlie Warren, another Hove resident and graduate of Lancing Prep Hove, achieved an impressive eight A* grades and two A grades.

Sophie Williams of Lindfield, West Sussex, achieved an excellent 9 A* grades, one A and one B grade. Sophie is, in addition to her academic excellence, an outstanding sportswoman and musician, representing the top teams in all major girls’ sports and singing in our internationally reputed choir.

Lancing College has sustained a good A Level performance in 2017

75.4% of grades achieved as A* to B.

Half of all grades achieved as A* or

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Five pupils have successfully gained a place at Oxford or Cambridge

Average UCAS Score is 151 in excess of 3 As

100% of pupils gained an A* to B grade in their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), over half of them at A* grade

Nearly 10% of students will be going to study Medicine or Biomedical Sciences; other popular subjects being studied include: Economics, Statistics and Mathematics, English, Law and various Engineering courses.

These results further reinforce Lancing’s strong reputation for consistently high academic achievement, year-on-year at A Level and with exceptional performances this year in Maths, English, History and the Sciences.

Commenting on the results Dominic Oliver, Head Master said “I am delighted at the results this year; pupils across the country have been the first to experience the new A Level reforms and we are extremely proud of the way in which our pupils have risen to the challenge.

We have seen exceptional results from pupils who have been at Lancing since the age of 13 as well as those who joined us just for the Sixth Form. Lancing is a place of scholarship where pupils learn with integrity. We teach our students to be curious and to think deeply, for themselves and for the right reasons, underpinned by the essential attributes of learning. Our excellent exam results are a wonderful by-product of the profound and long-lasting scholarly rigour that is the foundation of all that we do.

Our role at Lancing is to ensure academic excellence and to prepare our pupils to enter the next stage of their lives, independent, confident and self-aware. We spend a great deal of time supporting our pupils to find the right courses for them and it is also a real pleasure to see how many will be going to their first choice university.”

Here are just some of the results and destinations that have been chosen by this year’s A Level pupils:

Maudie Cooper (Horsham) is going to Oxford to read English having achieved A*s in English Literature and History along with an A grade in Latin.

Sophie Hanna (Horsham) is going to Exeter to read Industrial Economics having gained an A* in Economics and A grades in Mathematics and History. Sophie is the youngest of a trio of highly able sisters, all of whom attended Lancing.

Henry Steele (Hove) is going to Oxford to study Mathematics having attained A*s in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Additional Further Mathematics as well as an A grade in Physics.

Elise Kearsey (Petworth) is going to study Neuroscience at Edinburgh having achieved an ABB in RS, Biology and Chemistry.  Elise was Head Girl and also actively involved in music, sport and drama whilst at Lancing.

Alvaro Aspden (Hove) is going to Sheffield to read Mechanical Engineering and German having achieved an A*AAB.

Will Jefferies (Littlehampton) is going to UCL to study Natural Sciences having gained an A* and three As. Deputy Head Boy Will was actively involved in drama, winning the playwriting contest at the school as well as being a brilliant scientist.

Conrad Lewis (Steyning) is going to Exeter to read Geography having achieved three As.

As well as helping them achieve excellent grades, Lancing has once again supported pupils in finding the right courses to suit their individual interests. This year our students continue to choose subjects that they are inspired to learn more about, including:

American Studies

Ancient History

Building Surveying

Film and Television

Liberal Arts

Lancing College has been judged excellent across the board in its recent Education Quality Inspection. This process investigates the quality of academic and other achievements

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as well as the quality of pupils’ personal development.

The published report highlights the fact that “pupils’ highly developed study skills provide a secure base to support their outstanding academic and other achievements. Their excellent attitudes to their studies are exemplified by high levels of initiative and independence in their learning”. Inspectors also remark “Pupils have a very well-developed sense of self-esteem and are confident about their place in the society and in the wider world”.

Commenting on the report, Head Master, Dominic Oliver said “We are delighted to be awarded an overall excellent rating and this is a testament to our staff at the College and to our amazing pupils.  We take our role in teaching, guiding and caring for our pupils very seriously; this report identifies many of the strengths that make Lancing College such an incredible experience for our boys and girls.”

Dr Harry Brunjes, Chairman of the Lancing College Governing Body, said “The College should be exceptionally proud of this judgement. This inspection focused on the quality of the school’s work and importantly on outcomes for pupils. In addition, feedback from parents and pupils has also confirmed the strong support for the school’s leadership under Dominic Oliver and its continuing development.”

At the same time as the Education Quality Inspection, Lancing also received a Focused Compliance Inspection. This inspection reports on the school’s compliance with a range of required standards including safeguarding, boarding and arrangements for pupils’ health and safety. The College was fully compliant in all areas and so strongly so that no recommendations were made or actions required. 

Both ISI Reports can be viewed on the Lancing College website and will also be available on the official ISI website.

 

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Lancing College Sixth Form students have secured six highly prized offers to study at Oxford and Cambridge, achieving first class success across a range of

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the most competitive subjects. From the humanities to the sciences, students of exceptional talent have once again underlined Lancing’s reputation for year-on-year Oxbridge achievement, grounded in the College’s excellence of teaching and its commitment to nurturing independent thinking at the highest level beyond the classroom.

SEAN VAN EYNORT from Worthing has received an offer to study History at Robinson College Cambridge. This is a terrific achievement as Sean is Head of School, which entails major responsibilities in addition to his studies.

HENRY STEELE has been offered a place to study the challenging subject of Mathematics at Oxford. He has received his entire education at Lancing, as he was formerly a pupil at Lancing College Prep Hove. An increasing number of parents are choosing Lancing for both the preparatory school (in Worthing or Hove) and senior school for their children, to give them a seamless education.

Lancing College fosters a love of reading, writing and critical thinking. Three highly gifted English Literature students have offers from Oxford and Cambridge. MAUDIE COOPER, from Horsham, has an offer to study English Language and Literature at Hertford College Oxford; while CASSANDRA NEATHERCOAT from Pulborough and CYNTHIA PENG have secured offers to study English at Cambridge, Cassandra at Homerton College and Cynthia at Girton College.

NANCY S’s offer to study Biomedical Sciences at St Catherine’s College Oxford reflects the school’s outstanding Science department, in which Lancing’s girls excel.

Head Master Dominic Oliver congratulated the students on their success: “2017 shows continued development in our Oxbridge numbers and our students should be extremely proud of their recent success. These places are extremely sought after and a lot of hard work goes into the preparation both by the candidates and our expert staff. Fundamental to their success and an integral part of our Sixth Form is a commitment to an education which enriches and challenges students far beyond the classroom. From the debating chamber and concert performances to discussions with leading thinkers, Lancing’s intellectual and cultural life stimulates and inspires at every opportunity. Lancing students are, above all, encouraged to think critically for themselves.”

An exciting new facility for Lancing College pupils and the wider community and launching in Lent Term 2017

Lancing College Equestrian Centre, set in over 15

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acres in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, will provide stabling for up to 20 horses and riding facilities for all abilities. It is located just a short walk from the College at the former Hoe Court Farm, whose buildings have been renovated and converted for the purpose.

Work over the past year has created an exceptional equestrian centre, with 21 stables, a 40 x 20m all-weather arena, and bridleway access to superb riding in the South Downs National Park.

The renovation and conversion of the farm buildings and the design of the Centre has been overseen by Jan Tupper, proprietor of the highly regarded Arniss Equestrian Ltd, near Fordingbridge. Jan, who has worked very closely with Lancing College on every aspect of the project’s ambitions, will run Lancing Equestrian on behalf of the College: her experience and ideas have played an essential part in the successful completion of this enterprise. Lancing College has appointed Lancing Equestrian as its sole partner and supplier to operate and manage the new Lancing College Equestrian Centre.

The Centre will be open for use by Lancing College pupils and also the wider local community. Pupils who own horses can choose to stable them at the Centre. Other pupils can use the Centre’s horses for riding and stable management lessons.

The aim of the Centre is to provide a first class service for pupils, including:

  • Livery: flexible packages will be offered, together with care plans, to suit the needs of individual horses and their riders
  • Expert riding tuition from dedicated, specialist staff: there will be group lessons with pupils of similar ability, either on their own horses or on the Centre’s horses; and individual, private lessons for pupils working towards a specific goal, such as competition training or GCSE Physical Education riding assessment preparation
  • Dressage, show jumping and cross-country clinics
  • Stable management and British Horse Society Examination training: staff at the Centre will support and encourage pupils working towards nationally recognised awards, such as the British Horse Society Stage 1 examination
  • Horse and Pony loan scheme: this scheme will be available to pupils who aspire to own their own horse. It will allow pupils who have attained a good standard of riding and horse care to have access to a horse, on a shared basis, as if it were their own, under the supervision and support of the Lancing College Equestrian Centre staff. Pupils who have participated in weekly activities for at least one term and who have committed to a termly course at the Centre will be eligible.
  • Pony Club, commencing Summer Term 2017

Pupils at Lancing College enjoy a wide range of experiences beyond the national curriculum and are encouraged to embrace new interests in the spirit of self-discovery. Opportunities that will be offered by the Lancing College Equestrian Centre are just one example. Sporting, practical and cultural activities all feature in the weekly timetable, alongside academic lessons. The Lancing College ethos is to nurture individual talents so that all pupils can reach their full potential: a stepping stone to higher education and to a successful future as leaders in their fields.

Where possible, Lancing College shares its facilities with other schools and the wider community. Staff at the Lancing College Equestrian Centre look forward to welcoming a range of riders from the vicinity and beyond.

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Lancing College Drama Department presented a sumptuous production of Coram Boy – a tale of foundlings, angels, murder and music.
The Lancing College production of Coram Boy was directed

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by Matt Smith, Head of Drama, with musical adaptations by Neil Cox, Director of Chapel Music at the school. This ambitious enterprise played to a packed house each night. It was most enthusiastically received, with highly professional performances across the board.

Coram Boy is based on the award-winning novel by Jamila Gavin. The story follows Aaron, the deserted son of the heir to the Ashbrook Estate; and Toby, a young boy saved from an African slave ship. It was premiered on the National Theatre’s Olivier Stage in November 2005; and the music includes adaptations of Handel’s Messiah, as well as original songs, period-style dance, and chamber music.

The Lancing College production was the culmination of several months of work: students were trained in choreography and stage combat, as well as in acting and singing. The magnificent costumes came from Harvey’s of Hove, and the ‘props’ were provided by the National Theatre.

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The new year will bring a new beginning and launch of the Lancing College Equestrian Centre. The renovation work of the existing buildings at Hoe

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Court Farm is on schedule for completion and the new Centre will be fully operational in the Lent Term 2017. The Centre will be open for use by pupils at the College and also the wider local community.

Set in over 15 acres, the Centre will provide riding for all abilities and stabling for up to 20 horses; it is located just a short walk from the College. Co-curricular activities are an important part of life at Lancing where the weekly school timetable ensures time for pupils to take advantage of a wide range of opportunities and at the same time achieve academic success.

Pupils will be able to choose whether to have their own horse stabled at the Centre or use the Centre’s horses to have riding and stable management lessons.

Work over the past year has created an outstanding equestrian centre and was overseen by Jan Tupper, proprietor of Arniss Equestrian Ltd, near Fordingbridge, who consulted on the renovation, design and overall project ambitions. Jan will be running the Centre on behalf of the College and her experience and ideas have played an essential part in the successful completion of the project.

The Centre will have 21 stables, a 40 x 20m all-weather arena, and bridleway access to superb riding in the South Downs National Park. The aim of the Centre is to provide a first class service to the College’s pupils which will include:

  • Livery
    The Centre will offer flexible packages, together with individual care plans, to suit the needs of individual horses and their riders.  Pupils will be able to ‘bring their horse to school’ while continuing to participate fully in all other aspects of College life.
  • Expert riding tuition from dedicated, specialist staff
    – Group lessons with other pupils of similar ability, either on their own horse or one of the Centre’s horses
    – Individual, private lessons for pupils working towards a specific goal, e.g. competition training, GCSE Physical Education riding assessment preparation
    – Dressage, show jumping and cross-country clinics
    – Pony Club – commencing Summer Term 2017
  • Stable management and British Horse Society Examination Training
    The Centre will support and actively encourage students to work towards nationally recognised awards, such as the British Horse Society Stage 1 examination
  • Horse and Pony loan scheme
    This will be available to pupils who aspire to owning their own horse. The scheme will allow pupils who have attained a good standard of riding and horse care to have access to a horse, on a shared basis, as if it were their own, all under the supervision and support of the Lancing College Equestrian Centre staff. The loan scheme is available to pupils who have participated in weekly activities for at least one term and who have committed to a termly course at the Centre.
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Lancing College is delighted to announce the appointment of the Rt Reverend Jonathan Meyrick as its new Provost. Educated at Lancing, Bishop Jonathan is currently

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Bishop of Lynn and will take up his new position in addition to his current responsibilities in the Diocese of Norwich.

Bishop Jonathan will also act as Provost for Hurstpierpoint and Ardingly, the other two independent Woodard Schools within Sussex and also the two Lancing Preparatory Schools in Hove and Worthing. In his new role Bishop Jonathan will have oversight of and care for the Chaplains of the three Senior Schools. He will be officially installed as Provost in a service at Lancing Chapel in January 2017.

Bishop Jonathan attended Lancing College between 1965 and 1970. He was ordained in the Diocese of Oxford in 1976 following training at Salisbury and Wells Theological College and an undergraduate degree in Theology at St John’s College, Oxford. In 2011, Bishop Jonathan was consecrated Suffragan Bishop of Lynn by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Westminster Abbey. He previously held two Cathedral jobs, firstly in Rochester where he was Canon Pastor and Acting Dean for two years; and secondly in Exeter where he became Dean in 2005.

Welcoming the appointment, Dr Harry Brünjes, Chairman of the Lancing College Governing Body, said “It is a real pleasure to welcome back a former pupil (OL) as our new Provost. We aim to provide an outstanding, well-rounded education, where our pupils leave the College with the best academic results, independent and with strong values. All of us at Lancing take the Christian foundation of our community very seriously and Bishop Jonathan will play a key role in our continuing development.”

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Pupils from Lancing College have performed extremely well in the 2016 A Levels, with 22% scoring A* and 77.2% A* to B.

53% of pupils secured

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grades of A* or A

All five offers of places at Oxford and Cambridge have been successful

Average UCAS Score 385, which is in excess of A*AA

The modal score is A across all pupils

Two pupils will be going to the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music

These further reinforce Lancing’s strong reputation for consistently high academic achievement, year-on-year at A Level and with exceptional performance this year in Maths, History and Art.

Commenting on the results Dominic Oliver, Headmaster said “I am delighted at the results this year; they come in the context of a continually changing educational climate and our pupils have performed exceedingly well –  we are very proud of them. We have seen exceptional results from pupils who have been at Lancing since the age of 13 as well as those who joined us just for the Sixth Form. The results demonstrate the success of Lancing’s genuinely all-round approach: our excellent academic results are achieved within an environment where pupils also take part in a wide range of co-curricular activities. Our role at Lancing is to ensure academic excellence and to prepare our pupils to enter the next stage of their lives, independent, confident and self-aware. Pupils, parents and staff alike have a great deal to celebrate today.”

 

Here are just some of the results and destinations that have been chosen by this year’s A Level pupils:

Matilda Dichmont (Chichester) attained 5 A* grades in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Additional Further Mathematics. She has a confirmed place and choral scholarship at Trinity College Cambridge to study Natural Sciences. Matilda (Tilly) is the oldest of three Lancing students.

Grace Hanna (Horsham) confirmed place to read Mathematics at Oxford.Grace attained four A* grades in History, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Additional Further Mathematics and an A grade in French.

Joseph Banfield (Worthing) – Achieved A*s in German and History, A in Dutch, B in French.  He has a firm place at Durham University for Liberal Arts (with specialism in Politics and Languages).

Beth Richardson (Lancing) has a confirmed place at University of East Anglia on the highly prestigious English and Creative Writing course having attained a clean sweep of A grades in English Literature, Religious Studies and History.

Florence Hardy (Seaford) joined Lancing in the Sixth Form and has a confirmed place at Edinburgh University to read Philosophy and English.  Florence attained a clean sweep of A grades in Economics, English Literature and History.

As well as excellent grades Lancing has once again supported pupils in finding the right courses to suit their individual interests. This year our students will be going to:

UCL’s prestigious Bartlett School of Architecture

University of Bristol to read for a degree in Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Imperial College London to read for a degree in Aeronautical Engineering

The Courtauld Institute of Art to read Art History

Gloucester Cathedral as a choral scholar

Two pupils to Leicestershire County Cricket Club as professional academy players

 

About the Lancing Sixth Form

The Lancing Sixth Form is an increasingly popular choice for parents and pupils after their GCSEs. Every year the vast majority pupils who have been at the school since the age of 13 choose to stay.  At the same time, Lancing also attracts new pupils who are looking for a different Sixth Form experience. Lancing offers over 20 A Level choices and has a particularly high reputation in Maths, History, Art and the Sciences. Pupils receive extensive support in understanding their options for higher education and in preparing them for a life after Lancing. In a recent study, our Sixth Form leavers told us that they feel well prepared for the next stage of their lives, self-aware and with a broad range of experiences to draw on. Parents described their sons and daughters as “confident, independent, with a sense of direction, good social skills and with a global perspective”.

 

Photo: Tilly Dichmont

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This year, Lancing College celebrates the 45th anniversary of its German exchange. The long tradition started in 1970 with two school masters when Michael Power,

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a German teacher from Lancing, spent a term teaching at the Gymnasium Leopoldinum in Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia. In return, Peter Jentsch joined the Common Room at Lancing and the idea of the student exchange for the following year was born.

Donald Tyson, a former Lancing teacher, took the first group of students to Detmold in 1971 and in subsequent years. He is delighted that the exchange is still going strongly. “We were very lucky to find ourselves partnered with Detmold. It is safer than the large German cities and has a surprising number of sights. In the early years, I accompanied about 25-30 boys, mostly in their second year. In those days the journey to Detmold was mildly horrific: minibus to Shoreham station, train to Victoria, underground to Liverpool Street station, train to Harwich, steamer to the Hook of Holland, train to Bünde in Germany, another train to Herford and a final train to Detmold – seven changes and just one accompanying master!”

Dr Mark Palmer, a current German teacher at Lancing, has been involved over three decades, “Hundreds of Lancing and Detmold students have had the unique opportunity to discover one another’s family and school lives; and close friendships have been forged. Highlights for Lancing pupils have been: walking up to the Hermannsdenkmal in the Teutoburger Wald in the snow, whilst re-enacting the famous ancient battle with teachers taking the part of the Romans and students the Germanic tribes; Currywurst and Detmold beer; excursions to Berlin, Hamburg, Paderborn and Cologne; and even the early starts in German schools. On one occasion, Lancing students were taken into former East Germany, shortly after the Wall came down, to visit Weimar and Buchenwald.”

Sergei  Drozdov, Head of Modern Languages and German at Lancing, currently runs the exchange programmes with Gymnasium Leopoldinum: “I am proud to continue such a long tradition of school exchanges. We are one of very few schools in the country where such trips are still run, despite national trends of subject decline. Our students have a fantastic opportunity to improve their language skills on these visits and to learn about Germany’s culture and traditions outside the classroom.”

The 2016 Exchange

Fifteen students from Detmold, accompanied by two teachers, will be at Lancing from 6-11 June, with a busy programme of cultural visits around Sussex, as well as attending lessons and experiencing the extra-curricular life of the College. Lancing students will visit Detmold from 24-30 June.

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The impressive etching, Three Women on the Tube, by Hermione Shaw, an Upper Sixth Pupil at Lancing College,

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has been selected for this year’s Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. This is a real accolade, as this exhibition is the world’s largest open submission show, with 12,000 entries, and the Hanging Committee includes leading Royal Academicians.

The Royal Academy has announced that this year’s Summer Exhibition contains “more to see and explore than any other exhibition you’re likely to visit this year.” It includes a panorama of art in all mediums, and a remarkable mixture of emerging artists and household names.

Hermione is delighted to have been accepted and says, “I’m very excited to see my etching featured in the exhibition as I’ve been going every year since I was little. I love that the public and professional artists can exhibit alongside each other, it makes for an incredibly varied and interesting show.”

In recognition of Hermione’s success, the Royal Academy invited her to attend the Non-Members’ Varnishing Day Reception, in the galleries, which was preceded by the Service for Artists at St James’s Church, Piccadilly. She has also been invited to the special Buyers’ Day, and other private views, and she will have access to the Academicians’ Room, the RA’s private members club for artists and art lovers, for the duration of the exhibition.

Hermione, a Lancing College Art Scholar, is studying art for one of her A Levels, and plans to study art at City & Guilds of London Art School.

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 James Chan, aged 18, has been praised as one of the nation’s brightest young composers. He entered the prestigious BBC Proms Inspire Competition, in

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the Senior Category for 17-18 year olds. There are two winners in each category, and it has just been announced on BBC Radio 3’s flagship music programme, ‘In Tune’, that he has won with his composition, ‘Litany’, for string orchestra.

The annual BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition for 12-18 year olds provides what most composers only dream of: the chance to have their music performed by professional musicians at the BBC Proms and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Not only this – winners also receive a BBC commission for a high-profile performance and are mentored throughout the process by a professional composer.

James’s winning piece, ‘Litany’, will be performed by the Aurora Orchestra, conducted by the highly regarded Nicholas Collon, at the BBC’s iconic Radio Theatre at New Broadcasting House on Monday 15 August and recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

In making their decision, the judges looked for music that is original, unique and inspiring. The 2016 judging panel comprised composers Anna Meredith, Joe Cutler, Fraser Trainer, Jonathan Dove, Judith Weir CBE, Kerry Andrew and BBC Proms Director David Pickard.

James Chan is a highly proficient performer on clarinet, flute and saxophone, as well as being a gifted conductor and composer, and his other compositions have been performed by the Lancing College Chamber Ensemble in a public concerts.  He also sings in all of the school’s prestigious choral ensembles and plays the piano and guitar.

James said:  “I am thrilled to have won this prize and excited at the prospect of hearing my music performed by professional musicians.  I’m very grateful for the amazing support I have received from the Music Department at Lancing College.”

“My colleagues and I are absolutely thrilled with James’ success in the wonderful BBC Inspire competition. James is one of two Lancing composers on their way to study on the prestigious Manchester Joint Course, reading for degrees in music at the University of Manchester and as first study composers at RNCM.

James is a talented and prolific composer, who has spent his time at Lancing absorbing and analysing as much music as possible. I have every confidence that his name will feature strongly in the new music world over the next few decades. Our congratulations go to James for this well-deserved accolade.”

Ian Morgan-Williams, Director of Music, Lancing College

“The BBC’s long-established and justly celebrated Inspire Young Composers’ Competition is the UK’s leading event for young composers – and a wonderful opportunity for musically curious people aged 12 to 18”.

Judith Weir, Inspire Competition judge 2016

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Sir Peter Bottomley MP (Worthing West)    v.     Tim Loughton MP (East Worthing and Shoreham)

This event, attended by over 200 young people, was organised

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by Paige Taylor and Joe Banfield, two very enterprising Lancing College Sixth Form students with a keen interest in politics.

As well as the entire Lancing College Lower Sixth Form, and members of the Upper Sixth not taking exams on that day, there was a large number of pupils from schools invited by Lancing: The Littlehampton Academy, Shoreham College, Shoreham Academy, St Andrew’s CE High School for Boys, Durrington High School and Sir Robert Woodard Academy. They were joined by a small group of Year 8 pupils from Lancing’s prep schools in Worthing and Hove.

Paige Taylor had initially approached MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, Tim Loughton, to enquire where he stands on the issue of the EU. Tim Loughton is of the opinion that the UK should leave the EU and he offered to come to Lancing College for a debate.

Joe Banfield invited Sir Peter Bottomley, who is convinced that the UK should remain in Europe. The College’s Senior Management Team then arranged the details of the event.

After an introduction by Joe and Paige, Tim Loughton opened the debate with some strong arguments as to why the EU is not working.  Sir Peter Bottomley responded and the floor was opened to the audience.  Students from the various schools asked a wide range of questions covering the economy, immigration, human rights, and employee legislation.

Joe and Paige were delighted with that the debate had inspired the students in the audience.  “The Head Master promised it would be rhetorically violent, and it certainly was.  It proved to be an absolutely fantastic display of emotion and stirring of grey matter!” said Joe.

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