LVS Ascot

Berkshire

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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 483 (Boys) 339 (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.

Exam results in 2018 saw nearly 10% of GCSEs graded A* or equivalent, with 99% of students who achieved 5 or more A*–C grades gaining passes in both maths and English. LVS Ascot also recorded an increase in A* grades at A Level, with an overall pass rate of 98.3%.

“Families are attracted to the all-through co-education in this well-equipped, welcoming and unpretentious school. We particularly like the university campus style, modern layout and the fact that non-selectivity is seen as the starting point for success rather than a justification for its absence. The strong results prove it works”
Good Schools Guide 2018

 

Facilities

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 250 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.

Scholarships

Academic scholarships at 11+ and 16+.

Open Days

2019.

Small Group Tours: Wed. 27th February, Tues. 21st May and Fri. 28th June

Reception Class: Tues. 30th April

Infant & Junior School, Senior School & Sixth Form: Sat. 23rd March, Wed. 8th May and Sat. 15th June

To book your place please contact the Admissions Office on 01344 882770 or email registrar@lvs.ascot.sch.uk.

Fees

2018/2019. 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: £3,330 (International £3,699), Junior Day: £3,988 (International £4,428), Junior Boarding: £8,522 (International £9,463)

Senior Day: £5,657 (International £6,284), Senior Boarding: £10,077 (International £11,214)

Sixth Form Day: £5,969 (International £6,383), Sixth Form Boarding: £10,488 (International £11,214)

HM Forces, Licensed Trade and sibling discounts are available.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs Christine Cunniffe

Contact for enquiries: Mrs M Buttimer, Registrar

LVS Ascot
London Road
Ascot
Berkshire
SL5 8DR

[t]: 01344 882770
[f]: 01344 890648
[w]: www.lvs.ascot.sch.uk

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 day and boarding school Berkshire

An entirely original production received rave reviews across three nights as students at LVS Ascot as students performed ‘All Our Children’ from 15th to 17th

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November to over 200 people per show. The play was historic for the talented pupils and teachers at the all-ability, independent school, being their first show created entirely in-school, written by Head of Drama Georgina Windsor with music composed by Year 11 student Jamie Kedwards.

The show was just as historic in its content, forming part of LVS Ascot’s commemorations of the end of the First World War. It followed the lives of three orphaned brothers arriving at Licensed Victuallers’ School in Kennington (where the school used to be based) in 1910, and then throughout their experiences of the war from 1914 to 1918. Zaki Marsali played one of the brothers, Harry, and said: “This is my first school play. I was told about the script being written within the school and it sounded special so I wanted to challenge myself and do something outside my comfort zone”.

You can view – and share – a short highlights film of the production, including interviews, here:

http://bit.ly/LVSAscotAllOurChildren

Parent Nicky Yates said: “It was an incredible production from start to finish. You wouldn’t have known it was written for a school, or performed by a school unless it was a drama school” whilst fellow parent Kate Davis said: “It was utterly spellbinding. Amazing script, brilliant production and the acting was outstanding. We all left rather teary-eyed and quietly contemplative”.

Four performances over three days captivated parents and fellow pupils alike, with over 200 people enjoying each show in LVS Ascot’s professional theatre. Head of Drama and writer of the play Georgina Windsor said: “I’m overwhelmed by the students, and so proud of them all from those in the ensemble and crew to the lead roles. We aim to inspire students at LVS Ascot to exceed their expectations, and with this show they have exceeded everybody’s expectations”.

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire LVS Ascot Junior School Pupils Spread Christmas Cheer In Local Community

Pupils of all ages from LVS Ascot Infant & Junior School have been spreading Christmas cheer in the local community by involving senior citizens in

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their seasonal celebrations. On Monday 10th December, Year 5 and 6 pupils visited residents at Larkland House care home in Ascot, and on Wednesday 12th December Warfield Church’s Autumn Club were welcomed to the school to enjoy lunch and watch the school’s youngest pupils perform their nativity play.

The visit to Larkland House care home saw a group of pupils aged 10 and 11 perform a selection of carols and Christmas songs to elderly residents, and then sit with them and chat as well as presenting them with Christmas cards they had made at school. This special Christmas visit came at the end of a term in which the pupils have built up an affectionate relationship with residents at the home, visiting them every week as an optional part of their Infant & Junior School Diploma which allows them to show empathy and reflection and reach out to do good in the local community.

10-year-old Atia Hawthorne said: “I’m proud to have done this as it is nice to see that we are making them happy. It also makes me feel confident as I have done something new and we have just been going up to residents to start conversations and begin chatting”. Resident Michael, who received cards from a number of pupils, said: “The visits from the LVS Ascot pupils are so positive because they give you a feeling of being wanted. It is

rewarding all round to know that they want to learn from you and are interested in what you have to say”.

The LVS Ascot Infant & Junior School’s nativity play is one of the highlights of the school’s Christmas celebrations, and with pupils keen to share this with more than just their families, older members of Warfield Church were invited to enjoy the play. The Autumn Club, a group for the older congregation, were served lunch by pupils at the school before watching the nativity play put on by children from 4 to 6 years old in Reception class, Year 1 and Year 2. They enjoyed being warmly welcomed with a lunch provided by the school’s caterers Sodexo and hosted by older juniors, who chatted to them over lunch, and then were captivated by the infants who told the story of Christmas.

Parent Aimi Reilly, whose 4-year-old daughter Sienna was one of the angels, said: “The nativity was really fun to watch and they all showed so much confidence. Sienna has really developed since coming to the school in September and is now very confident and enjoying everything she does”.

Head of LVS Ascot Infant & Junior School Rachael Cox said: “Through our Infant & Junior School Diploma pupils are learning five sets of different skills including empathy and reflection, and self-confidence and collaboration. The visits to Larkland House are definitely helping them empathise with others and reflect on what they can do to help make other people’s lives happier. Performing the nativity to Warfield Church’s Autumn Club gave our youngest pupils the chance to demonstrate the self-confidence they have gained since joining LVS Ascot, and had pupils working together across three year groups”.

LVS Ascot independent day and boarding school Berkshire

LVS Ascot school commemorated the 100th year anniversary of the end of the First World War as all students from 4 to 18 created

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a ceramic poppy for an art installation in the school grounds. The result was a sea of over 800 painted poppies of which the final ones were planted on Friday 9th November by a student from every class from Reception to Year 13 (video here). The school’s commemorations will continue this week with a school production about the First World War for which the entirely original script and music have been written within school.

The poppy operation began in September as class by class everyone at the independent all-ability school had a session creating their own individual tribute to remember fallen soldiers, with their poppies then being fired and glazed (video here). An individual number on each poppy means that the poppies can be returned to students to take home as a keepsake.

LVS Ascot Head of Art Rebecca Sandford said: “This has been a really reflective, creative and inclusive exercise and it has been great to get the whole school involved. It has really united the students across all years as the older ones have helped the juniors with both making their poppies and planting them too”.

All students at the school came together on Friday in The Street, the school’s covered outdoor area, to pay their respects at a special Remembrance Day service, which was marked by a two minute silence and a beautiful rendition of the last post played by Year 11 student Hector Earnshaw on his trumpet (video here).

Commemorations are continuing this week as students prepare to star in a new play called All Our Children which is an entirely original production created within the school. The play has been written by LVS Ascot Head of Drama Georgina Windsor, with the musical score written by a Year 11 student. The young actors will captivate up to 250 people a night in their professional theatre as the show follows the lives of three orphaned brothers and the paths they travel through 1914 – 1918. Students will perform the play on the evenings of Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th November.

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire LVS Ascot Hosts National Football Festival As Focal Point For Girls’ Sport

Almost 350 girls from around the country descended on LVS Ascot on Tuesday 9th October as the school hosted the ISA Girls Football Festival. Schools

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from Cambridge, London, Essex, Warwickshire and even Stockton-on-Tees flocked to be part of the event that the school was successfully hosting for the third year in a row.

With 41 teams participating, the independent all-ability school’s 25-acre site was able to accommodate nine matches being played simultaneously in Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15 categories, with sixth formers at LVS Ascot refereeing matches and ensuring fair play.

Ian Bent, National Football Development Manager at the Independent Schools Football Association said: “LVS Ascot has fantastic facilities to be able to host over 300 girls in three age groups playing at the same time. The event keeps on growing year on year and is a real sign of the growth in girls’ football”.

Each school present was able to enjoy their own masterclass with Arsenal Women’s coaches where they received expert advice and learned new skills to put into practice in their matches. Daniel from the Arsenal Women’s coaching team said: “We have been doing exercises with the girls to improve their one on one dribbling, changing direction and making them think about being more creative, encouraging their individuality. It is wonderful here with lots of space to play – it has been a fantastic day”.

There was cause for celebration amongst the LVS Ascot community as its Under 13 team won the cup competition, beating Shoreham College from West Sussex in the final. Shoreham gained consolation in winning the Under 11 cup event, whilst the furthest travelling team – Red House School from near Middlesbrough – justified their 500-mile plus round trip by lifting the Under 15s cup, beating Hampshire’s Meoncross in the final.

LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “We aim to inspire our students to exceed their expectations and try new things, and I am delighted we have been able to extend this today to girls from schools around the country. Whilst all the girls playing are trying to be the best, they have shared in our ethos of enjoying what they do, giving their all and working as a team. As hosts, our girls – and sixth formers who have refereed every match – have made me proud and been great ambassadors for the school”.

Full list of results:

U11 Plate: Gateway (Bucks) beat Lyonsdown (North London)

U11 Cup: Shoreham College (West Sussex) beat LVS Ascot

U13 Shield: Radnor House (Twickenham) beat LVS Ascot B

U13 Trophy: Quinton House (Northampton) beat North Bridge House (North London)

U13 Plate: King Alfred (North London) beat Mount House (North London)

U13 Cup: LVS Ascot A beat Shoreham College (West Sussex)

U15 Trophy: Duke Of Kent (Surrey) beat Luckley House (Berkshire)

U15 Plate: Ipswich High (Suffolk) beat King Alfred (North London)

U15 Cup: Red House (Stockton on Tees) beat Meoncross (Hampshire)

 

Photo: The LVS Ascot U11 team excited to be playing in the ISA Girls Football Festival

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire LVS Ascot Welcomes Civil Rights Campaigner To Bring History To Life

Students at LVS Ascot saw their history iGCSE course brought to life on Friday 28th September when civil rights campaigner Mark Levy visited the school

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from America to discuss his experiences and inspire them to think about their part in the modern world.

Mark is on holiday in the UK but was asked by LVS Ascot teacher Bob Mignot when they met in New York if he would visit on his vacation to help students understand a crucial aspect of their history studies. Mark was a key figure in the civil rights movement in America, inspired by being present at the seminal march on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech in 1963. By 1964 he was appointed the coordinator of the Meridian Mississippi Freedom School at which three of his colleagues were killed by the Ku Klux Klan.

For the past five years Mark has given talks to American high school and college students to share his experiences and perspectives on the US civil rights movement, so students at LVS Ascot were fortunate to be able to have such an important era brought to life so vividly for them to aid their studies. Mark said: “I value doing this because both US and UK students will struggle with many similar issues as they face a world that is increasingly more complex”

LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said “We want our pupils to reflect on the past to embrace the challenge of the future, and this is a crucial subject for them to study both for their education and to develop empathy and humility. The sessions were very inspiring”.

Photo: Civil rights campaigner Mark Levy with LVS Ascot students

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire LVS Ascot Reception Class Begin School With New Diploma And Dining Hall

Ten new pupils began their school adventure at LVS Ascot on Wednesday 5th September, forming the Reception class at the Infant & Junior School accompanied

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by their proud parents. As well as experiencing school for the first time, they will also be taking part in a brand new initiative introduced by the independent all-ability school – the LVS Ascot Junior School Diploma – and have already enjoyed the school’s impressive £820,000 dining hall refurbishment that was unveiled last week.

Each section of the diploma is linked to a pair of the LVS values and skills: curiosity and creativity, resilience and risk-taking, empathy and reflection, initiative and independence and collaboration and self-confidence. The unique course will fully embed the values and skills into pupils’ way of life from Reception class right up to Year 6 so they can build character qualities and develop key life skills, with diplomas presented at the end of their final year before moving up to LVS Ascot senior school.

Criteria will include items such as learning to play an instrument, contributing to school council meetings and cooking a meal for their families. Head of LVS Ascot Infant and Junior School Rachael Cox said: “Our aim is to deliver a unique and vibrant education that inspires young people to exceed their expectations. The Junior School Diploma will reinforce that and help develop our pupils”.

The new pupils have already joined their older peers from the Senior School and Sixth Form in enjoying the superb new facilities available to them at lunchtimes after a major £820,000 refurbishment of the dining hall. The improvements made over the summer have created a much better user experience, transforming a standard school canteen into a high-end restaurant quality space. With meals provided by Sodexo included in the fees at the independent school, and a focus on healthy nutritious eating, the dining hall is an important area of the school and has had a complete makeover. A 20% increase in size has been created to comfortably accommodate the 850 pupils, along with new furniture and booth seating, and an increase in natural lighting due to the insertion of skylights and slimline aluminium windows.

The new dining hall has suspended acoustic ceiling panels to help with sound deadening and improve conversation, and a servery that includes a theatre cooking suite for demonstrational cooking. LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “We are continually looking to improve our facilities to provide the best learning environment so our students can maximise their achievements. Last September we opened a new sixth form centre and last week’s unveiling of the new dining hall drew equally high praise from students. The outstanding facilities on offer to students here really do provide superb support to help them excel and develop”.

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire LVS Ascot Principal Warns New GCSE Gradings Will Have More Influence On Students’ University Hopes

August is a nerve-wracking month for Berkshire students – and parents – with A-level and GCSE results days looming. This year especially will be an

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anxious time for GCSE pupils with over 20 subjects using the 9-1 gradings instead of A* – G, and LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe is warning that they are set to play a bigger role than before in shaping students’ futures.

The head of independent, all-ability LVS Ascot, who has been an education voice of authority on ITV’s This Morning show a number of times, said: “The most contentious issue is the grade 4 and 5 ‘C’ grades. A grade 4 is a pass grade but it is more likely that for degree courses universities will be setting their entrance pass criteria at a grade 5”.

Christine also warned that changes to the A-level system, whereby AS levels are now a stand-alone qualification and not progressive to A-levels, mean that GCSE results will be under more scrutiny on UCAS application forms: “With the new linear A-levels there are only terminal exams at the end of year two. Under the old system pupils could retake AS levels to count towards their final tally. Now when students submit their UCAS applications they don’t have AS grades from Year 12 to include, only their GCSE grades, so it is more important to get good GCSE grades now”. She added: “It is very much a buyer’s market for university places, with more unconditional offers again this year, so good success at GCSE could reap great rewards later”.

With GCSE results day coming up on Thursday 23rd August, there will be a lot of uncertainty about what to expect amongst pupils, parents and teachers and Christine said: “Everyone is very much in the dark when it comes to this year’s results. We’ve been told that a grade 9 will be awarded very sparingly, much less frequently than A* grades, and indeed feedback from Year 11 pupils who sat GCSE exams this summer has shown that the upper end questions in the exams were certainly very demanding”.

Christine is also urging sixth forms to be more flexible this year in response to the new GCSEs. Many students collecting GCSE results will be aiming to go on to sixth forms that have minimum entry requirements for their courses, for example a B under the old grading system at GCSE to study that same subject at A-level, and Christine said: “There is a possibility that GCSE grades will be low this summer – we can’t predict the outcome – which could result in students missing out on the A-level subjects they want. Schools may need to be sensitive to this and re-examine their A-level entry requirements when the results come out”.

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire Mayor Praises LVS Ascot Excellence At Prestigious President’s Day Celebrations

The Mayor of Bracknell Forest, Alvin Finch, was guest of honour at LVS Ascot school’s prestigious end of year awards ceremony on Thursday 5th July,

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and praised the school for its all-round excellence.

Mr Finch, who joined the Platform Party on stage in front of around 1,000 senior and sixth form students and parents for the awards, said: “It was a marvellous celebration of excellence and everything that is good about the school. You can see how aspects such as academia, sport, art and other activities contribute to the all-round excellence that you see here”.

You can watch a video clip of the Mayor’s interview at LVS Ascot, and other footage from the day including emotional leaving speeches, in a short highlights reel here: http://bit.ly/LVSAscotPresidents18

An introductory welcome from Anita Adams, Chair of the LVS Ascot Education Committee, recapped a fantastic year of inspiring education at LVS Ascot and how as a result that of 13 schools and colleges in Bracknell Forest, including Wellington and Heathfield, LVS Ascot topped the table for student progress at A level in 2017. This puts the school well inside the top 15% in the country for A levels progress. She added: “this exceptional year has shown that our non-selective education is exceeding expectations”.

An emotional atmosphere with Year 13 leavers saying goodbye to the school was enhanced by poignant speeches from outgoing Head Boy, Oliver Bonnett, Head Girl Ella Desmond and Head of Boarding Ana Vasylyk. They spoke of their experiences, development and friendships gained during their time at LVS Ascot, conveying the special sense of community at the school alongside the academic and all round educational improvement they have felt.

The prizegiving aspect of the ceremony has always been an integral part of President’s Day, and rewarding effort and achievement in each year group and all subjects allows those who excel in specific areas to be recognised for their work. Scholarships were also presented, along with the new Heads of School, including Head Girl Megan Du Toit, Head Boy Darshan Solanki and Head of Boarding Ojas Limbu.

David Yu, father of Year 7 academic achievement winner Angelina Yu, said: “We are very proud. She’s done so well since she came to LVS Ascot and has thrived. We can see she is doing really well in the senior school – she is so confident and takes part in all the drama productions and sports too. I like the all-round character building aspect of the school”.

Principal Mrs Cunniffe summed up the day and the year: “We have enjoyed a variety of events here at LVS Ascot this year; a visit from Clare Balding, hosting a national girls’ football tournament, the LVS Ascot Festival of Music, through school productions and our Routes To The World of Work events to give our students a head start when seeking employment, to name just a few. The school is so vibrant with so many things going on to inspire students, that it is no surprise to see them excel, and today is a great opportunity to reward that”.

Photo: Mayor of Bracknell Forest Mr Alvin Finch with LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire “Make The Most Of Summer Holiday Opportunities” Urges LVS Ascot Principal

The summer holidays are a great time for relaxing and recharging your batteries, but for students they also represent a great opportunity to boost their

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prospects for the next academic year says LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe. Christine, who has been a guest speaker at both the Independent Schools Show and the Festival of Education, said: “If you are not feeling stimulated during the long summer break, perhaps with parents working and friends away, there are a number of things you can do – academic or non-academic – that will stand you in good stead at school and beyond”.

The head of the all-ability through school’s first piece of advice is that those old enough should look to take on a job over the summer break. LVS Ascot’s work experience week is a key time in preparing students for independence beyond education, with a range of innovative and exciting placements, and replicating this in the holidays is important. It can even be voluntary, non-paid work as that will show willingness to be proactive and help in the community, ticking many boxes for future employers. Christine says: “It doesn’t matter how much you work or what work you do, this will look impressive on your CV. It also shows that you are enthusiastic and diligent, can work with other people and that you are independent and confident”.

Whether students are at junior school, senior school or approaching crucial A-level years, for young people of all ages the summer break is also a good opportunity to tackle some topics they found hard in the previous year. Christine says: “It might not seem an exciting prospect picking up your maths book but it would be a great job done to take some time looking over difficult topics so you hit the ground running in September. YouTube is a great

resource to help explain difficult topics and working at your own pace in a quiet environment can be very productive. Come September when you are feeling more comfortable and familiar with the subject matter than your peers might be, you will be really pleased you took some time to prepare!”

Developing a wider range of non-academic skills is also a good way of using the summer break in an interesting and engaging way. This can be honing existing skills or trying out completely new ones to help demonstrate on your CV what you are interested in and what non-academic skills you are developing. With a thriving Duke of Edinburgh’s scheme at LVS Ascot that provides many opportunities for students to test themselves and enjoy enriching experiences, Christine’s advice is that: “Developing skills and interests doesn’t have to be expensive. Walking or hiking, swimming, learning a language, reading, and writing short stories is a good way of extending yourself and keeping yourself occupied over the holidays”.

LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe sums up by saying: “It’s easy to lay in bed too long or play computer games but my advice is to treat the summer days as you would school days – a little of everything goes a long way in keeping yourself occupied, learning new skills and preparing yourself for the next academic year. It should not then be too difficult when the alarm clock sound in the first week of September, and can help to relieve any anxiety about returning to school for the next academic year”.

Photo: LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe is urging young people to use their summer holidays constructively

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire LVS Ascot Sees Rise In A* A-Level Results

Students at independent all-ability school LVS Ascot celebrated an increase in A* grades amongst their A-level results, rising to 5.7% from 4.6% last year. The

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school’s overall pass rate was 98.3%, surpassing the national average of 97.6%.

LVS Ascot, which topped the table for student progress at A-level in 2017 amongst the thirteen schools and colleges in Bracknell Forest, again saw a high level of progress amongst students. This was particularly the case in economics, history and philosophy with improvement of over half a grade per student based on their expected grades when they began A-levels.

Headline figures are:

  • Grade A* – B results – 39.4%
  • Grade A* – C results – 67.9%
  • Overall pass rate A* – E – 98.3%
  • 60 students took A-level and BTEC exams

Riley Thrower is celebrating winning a prestigious sponsored degree with Santander in London, having passed a seven-stage interview process which over 10,000 people applied for. Having made it to the final 48, he subsequently was awarded one of only a handful of level 7 apprenticeships in corporate investment banking. Riley, who joined LVS Ascot on a sports scholarship, enjoyed results including an A in graphics and a B in business studies and his mother Amanda Thrower said: “Having joined in Year 7 Riley has developed a really strong work ethic at LVS Ascot. He has a great relationship with his teachers which has really helped, and has taken every opportunity that the school has provided him with which has turned him into a very assured individual”.

George Alcock, 18, received A*AB and will be going to Newcastle University to study Business Management, whilst Head Boy Oliver Bonnett is going to study Product Design at Bournemouth University.

Alex Hill was accompanied to collect his results by parents Chris and Sarah Hill, who met when they were both pupils at LVS and have now put all four of their children through the school. Alex, who has devised, produced and starred in his own stage productions at LVS Ascot, received three Bs and will now go on to drama school. His father Chris, who returned with Sarah to LVS Ascot for the annual alumni event in June, said: “It is 17 years now since we put our first child into LVS Ascot. Matt now runs his own business in London, Emma is a teacher and Jonny is studying at Perth University in

Australia. We love that whilst there is an academic focus there is also so much focus on character development at LVS Ascot – creating confident, well rounded individuals. It has a real community feel to it, and the teachers have all found a way to work with Alex who is very much his own person”.

LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “The first year of results under the A-level reforms has proven to be, as expected, very difficult for students with a drop nationally in the overall pass rate and the proportion of students achieving grade C or above. We are delighted that despite this LVS Ascot’s proportion of A* results has risen, and that our students have stood up well in the face of a more demanding challenge”.

Photo: LVS Ascot students celebrate their A-level results

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire Public Services And High-Flying Past Pupils Descend On LVS Ascot For Inspiring Careers Evening

A host of representatives from the public service sector joined forces at LVS Ascot last night as the independent school held an inspiring careers evening

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to educate students on the range of options available to them when considering further education. The evening finished on a high with two former students returning to also speak on stage about their professional development and how they transitioned from A levels to successful careers without opting for the traditional university route.

Speakers Nick Chubb and Alastair Bolton from the Merchant Navy, the Royal Air Force’s Tony Pickett, Thames Valley Police Sergeant Cassandra Oswald, Katie Humphrey from the NHS, and the Met Office’s Dr Lee Hawkness-Smith revealed the ways to access funded further education within their organisations through apprenticeship options that allows students to learn as they earn whilst developing careers. This was followed by an alternative viewpoint being pitched by Kally Tomkins from Royal Holloway University of London to give LVS Ascot students the opportunity to fully consider all options available to them. The evening was launched by keynote speaker Andy Gardner from the Central Careers Hub, who revealed research findings into the most effective ways for students to progress into careers and told the audience about the range of training options they could take up.

The final two speakers were former LVS Ascot students who were able to demonstrate that through training available to them on the job, they had successfully developed impressive

careers without the need to go to university first. 22-year-old Ben Viney was at LVS Ascot for 14 years from Reception class to Year 13, and left to join leading construction company Laing O’Rourke where he was able to learn on the job and is now a planner on the Crossrail site at Liverpool Street Station.

He was followed on stage in the all-ability school’s theatre by Tom Slingsby, also 22, who was at LVS Ascot from 2007 to 2014 and whose training to become a pilot whilst studying led to him flying easyJet passengers by the time he reached 20 and completing a BSc Professional Aviation Pilot Practice degree.

The evening was devised by the school’s WOW (Women of Work) group, made up of Principal Christine Cunniffe and a host of professional mothers from the school who are creating innovative ways to use their experience to educate LVS Ascot students on career options.

LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “As a school which focuses on inspiring young people to exceed their expectations and helping them grow as individuals, this was a highly successful event in showing students that there are lots of different routes they can take to the future, depending on their individual skills and ambitions, and helping them find the path that best suits them. I was incredibly proud to see two past pupils in Ben and Tom up on stage – prime examples of the types of students we have here and the character they leave with which allows them to go on to enjoy such successful careers”.

Photo: All speakers from the careers evening (l-r): Tony Pickett (RAF), Cassandra Oswald (Thames Valley Police), Christine Cunniffe (LVS Ascot Principal), Ben Viney (former student and Laing O’Rourke), Dr Lee Hawkness-Smith (Met Office), Tom Slingsby (former student and easyJet), Katie Humphrey (NHS), Andy Gardner (Central Careers Hub), Kally Tomkins (Royal Holloway), Alastair Bolton and Nick Chubb (both Merchant Navy)

LVS Ascot independent day and boarding school Berkshire

 Students across Berkshire returned to school this week after the Easter break, with many preparing to undertake a crucial few months

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of exams that will help to decide their futures. Head of Sixth Form at independent all-ability school LVS Ascot, Dr Paul Hodges, has issued the following useful advice to all students heading into those important GCSE and A level exams:

Give yourself adequate time to prepare

It is so easy to keep putting off starting revision, and that only adds to your stress levels. Use an exam planner to give you a “to do” list for each subject and assign each task with a deadline to make sure you don’t run out of time.  Try working through the day in sessions of 45 minutes with a 15 minute rest break every hour.  Make sure you stop for lunch and reward a hard day of revision by relaxing before going to bed. Also make sure you have at least half a day off over the weekend so you don’t burn out.  An easy way of putting together a weekly study timetable is to mirror the lessons on your school timetable.

Practice exam papers

Go through past papers and identify where you lost marks. You should aim to complete at least five full practice papers for each subject.  Start by doing parts of a paper in timed chunks with the textbook to hand.  Later, challenge yourself to do past papers, without notes, in silence and within the time limit so that it feels like a proper examination.  It is a good idea to get these marked by a teacher who will be able to pinpoint any errors and give you tips to improve.  

Turn your phone off and go off-line

Avoid the constant distraction of social media during your revision sessions.  If you can’t bring yourself to leave your mobile alone then hand it over to a parent, lock it away or leave it in another room.  You can always catch up at lunchtime or in the evening when you have finished revising for the day.

Before the examination

Develop a routine to get all your exam equipment ready the night before and double check the date and the time of each exam.  This will help to reduce exam day stress by having one less thing to worry about. Make sure you stay calm and avoid people who will stress you out. Find a space where you can mentally prepare for the exam you are about to take.  Everyone has a different strategy so work out what is best for you.  Try to learn a breathing exercise that you can do in the exam room while you are waiting to start.

In the exam room

When you turn over the question paper take a minute to work out how much time you should spend on each section and jot it down.  Rationing your time in this way will make sure you get to the end of the exam with time to check your answers.  Use all of the time available in an exam – even if you think you have achieved 100%. Check your answers and check them again.  No one has ever found an extra mark that gave them a higher grade by staring at the ceiling!

Dr Hodges concludes: “There are a number of ways schools can boost the chances of students preparing for exams. LVS Ascot holds memory workshops led by Head of Psychology and former UK memory champion Mr Paterson to help improve students’ powers of recall, and has a Revision Hub Café where those facing exams can relax and talk through queries with a range of teachers in an informal setting. We also opened our new Sixth Form Centre in September, and more recently invited former pupil Hattie Audaer back to talk to share tips on how to pass exams with our students. But the key to success is often how students themselves approach exams, and following the tips above will help to ensure students across Berkshire can happily say that they did all they could to prepare properly. Good luck to all Year 11 and Year 13 students heading in to a vital few months”.

Photo:  Dr Paul Hodges with former student and First Class Honours graduate Hattie Audaer who returned recently to talk to students about passing exams

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire Celebrity TV Chef Inspires LVS GCSE Students

Celebrity chef James Tanner gave students of all ages an inspirational cooking masterclass on Thursday 8th March as he spent the day teaching different age

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groups at independent all-ability school LVS Ascot. His sessions gave them a new confidence in food preparation and an insight into the importance of sustainable fishing.

James, who became famous on Ready, Steady Cook before going on to Saturday Kitchen, also on BBC 1, and ITV’s Lorraine and Saturday Cookbook, demonstrated the techniques that have made him one of the most respected chefs in the country. He also gave tips on how students can improve their skills to obtain the best possible exam results in food preparation and nutrition.

A seafood session with the LVS Ascot Juniors saw James talk candidly about the importance of sustainability for future generations, fish preparation and the difference between various species with a range of examples on hand to show them.

LVS Ascot students from 4-years-old to 18 enjoyed a surprise and benefited from James’ talents at lunchtime as he took over one of the many varied food stations in the canteen to cook up a range of tasty treats including tempura battered pollock and breaded hoki goujons. With meals included in LVS Ascot’s all-inclusive fees, all 800+ students from 4 to 18 were able to enjoy James’ cooking and gave very favourable feedback, with some students also taking the opportunity to collect autographs.

Food preparation GCSE students were able to gain inspiring and expert guidance from James in an afternoon cooking demonstration that enabled them to learn high-level

technical skills such as fish filleting. Students such as Amy Price, 14, were also able to pick up valuable guidance on flavour development and plating and presentation skills that will give them an edge in their qualifications. She said: “I will now feel more confident about using these skills in my GCSE examinations”.

LVS Ascot’s Teacher in Charge of Food Science Melanie Holloway said: “Our students learned that the food industry is very diverse with lots of career and travel opportunities within the industry. James’ passion for food was evident and very infectious. The students now feel confident using more technical knife skills and are already using them in their lessons”.

James Tanner is an ambassador for Independents by Sodexo who supply the catering at LVS Ascot with an emphasis on a balanced, healthy diet. LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “We aim to inspire students to try new things, express their talents and exceed their expectations, and James Tanner’s visit helped students of all ages to gain the confidence to take their own skills forward whilst instilling in them the importance of sustainability for future generations”.

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire Science Week Inspires LVS Ascot Students To Take Action On Plastic Pollution

Students’ eyes were opened wide to the damage being done to the environment at LVS Ascot’s Science Week from Monday 12th – Friday 16th March.

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The independent all-ability school inspired students with a range of high profile visitors to demonstrate the importance of tackling plastic pollution, and integrated the content across a range of other subjects.

From Reception Class to Year 13, students enjoyed a programme of events including presentations from Sky Ocean Rescue, civil engineering company Costain, Shorts recycling and Ecover. Sky Ocean Rescue hosted a workshop where Year7 to 9 students devised innovations to tackle plastic ocean waste. The lucky students will now visit Sky to film pitches for their ideas, and all students watched a screening of the thought provoking Sky Ocean Rescue documentary, ‘A Plastic Whale’ in the LVS Ascot theatre.

A representative from Ecover visited Year 10 and 11 students to look at plastic waste issues and how the company is helping to provide alternative products. An eye-opening trip out saw a group of Year 7 to Year 10 students visit Oakleaf at Stanwell Moor, a new state of the art facility which converts waste which would normally be sent to landfill into SRF, a fuel used in industry. The trip was organised by Shorts Group Ltd, LVS Ascot’s waste management company. In addition, a whole school survey helped the school find out its plastic waste footprint and saw staff, students and parents make pledges to reduce their plastic waste.

LVS Ascot’s innovative approach to Science Week involved integrating related cross-curricular activities into other subjects and lessons. From English to Geography, Languages to Maths students looked at plastics from every angle, discovering the many fantastic uses and examples of plastics available. Activities included the launch of a reusable container initiative in food technology lessons, making pinhole cameras from single use plastic items in art and photography and looking at ethical and philosophical issues around plastic use in Philosophy.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador Adrian Topham visited the Junior School to provide an enlightening talk, whilst the benefit of being an all-through was demonstrated by a number of exciting sessions in the senior school science laboratories for Junior pupils.

LVS Ascot Head of Science Sarah Catlin said: “‘The topical theme of the week has really permeated all areas of the school. The students have really engaged with the issues presented by both our teachers and the external speakers who have given their time so generously. We now hope to use the week to review the way we use plastic in school and make a difference with our actions”.

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire First Class Honours Student Returns To LVS Ascot To Give Sixth Formers Tips On Passing A Levels

A former LVS Ascot student who went on to gain a first-class honours degree returned to the independent school on Wednesday 21st March to give

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a talk in the theatre on how to pass exams.

Hattie Audaer, 22 and from Windsor, was returning to the all-ability school representing Elevate Education to give advice to Year 13 students on developing clarity around revision and how to approach their studies. Her “Ace Your Exams” presentation covered revision techniques and how to manage stress effectively. She said: “A lot of students are in the dark when it comes to the kind of revision they should be doing, which can culminate in feelings of stress and anxiety. My goal is to present study skills in an interesting and engaging way”.

After studying Philosophy, Psychology and Drama A Levels at LVS Ascot, along with Spanish AS Level, Hattie went on to study Drama and Theatre Arts at Birmingham University where she graduated last summer with a first-class honours degree. In October she began a Masters degree in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, with a view to working with children and adults with learning difficulties to help aid their communication and imagination.

Hattie said: “It was a pleasure to come back to LVS Ascot. The school really helped to shape me as an individual and I couldn’t be more grateful to my teachers who gave me a real passion for education. Without them I wouldn’t be in the position I am now”.

LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “It was great to have Hattie back at the school. What better way to inspire our students to focus on their A-Levels and aim for the highest achievements they can than to be able to talk to a former student who was in their position a few years ago, has gone on to gain the best possible degree, and has a clear career goal?”

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