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: 533 (Boys) 334 (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

 

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 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.

Scholarships

Academic scholarships at 11+ and 16+.

Open Days

2017. Sat. 23rd September: Junior, Senior and Sixth Form. Sat. 7th October: Sixth Form. Sat. 4th November: GCSE Options Open Morning (for Year 9 students) and Sat. 18th November: Reception Class, Senior and Sixth Form.

2018. Wed. 7th February: Junior, Senior and Sixth Form. Sat. 17th March: Junior, Senior and Sixth Form. Sat. 21st April: Reception Class Only. Sat. 28th April: Senior School and Sixth Form and Wed. 9th May: Junior School.

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.

Fees

2017/2018. All per term. Infants: £3,236, Junior Day: £3,876, Junior Boarding: £8,282, Senior Day: £5,498, Senior Boarding: £9,610, Sixth Form Day: £5,801, Sixth Form Boarding: £10,192.

Fees to include 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.

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

 

 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

LVS AScot independent day and boarding school Berkshire

 

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

LVS Ascot independent day and boarding school Berkshire

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.

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire Inspiring Work Experience Placements Give Students A Glimpse Of The Future

A group of students at LVS Ascot school enjoyed a memorable end to term as work experience week

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gave them a glimpse of the future at placements that included the offices of an MP, a cardiology unit, a major bank in Bracknell, observing court cases with lawyers and a London Irish rugby initiative which saw a student meet a dual Rugby World Cup-winning superstar.

The diverse range of experiences and opportunities LVS Ascot offers was reflected in the work experience placements that Year 12 students took on as the independent all-ability school helped them gain crucial involvement in possible career paths in the penultimate week of term. One of the highest profile placements was that of Ilia Vlasov, a 17-year-old boarder at the school who shadowed Paul Scully, the MP for Sutton and Cheam. His role involved researching a range of topics on behalf of the MP to brief him, and he was also able to attend parliament to hear a debate. 

George Alcock, 17, was another LVS Ascot student who enjoyed a privileged look behind the scenes at a career that the public rarely get to see a great deal of. His week with experienced lawyer Stephen Betts took him in to a range of courts across the south of England, including The Royal Courts and The Old Bailey in London. George observed a wide variety of court cases and saw first-hand how lawyers work, in and outside of the court room.

A further exciting placement was that of Morgan Jenkins-Phillipps, 17, whose week was at HITZ Training, an initiative in partnership with London Irish which uses rugby to increase  disadvantaged people’s confidence and give opportunities to 16 to 19 year-olds not in education or employment. It gave Morgan the opportunity to learn about a vital community project and also meet London Irish rugby stars including Ben Franks who has won the Rugby World Cup twice with the All Blacks.

16-year-old Thomas Shaw’s placement at HSBC in Bracknell has helped shape his future plans beyond the Economics Degree he intends to study, and is now interested in exploring a career in commercial or corporate banking. His role included mystery shopping and creating presentations, and HSBC’s Bracknell branch manager Nicola Osborne said: “Thomas was a pleasure to have at the branch. He was extremely engaged and enthusiastic, completed tasks to a high standard and had a professional approach to all his work”.

Ella Desmond, 17, has an ambition to become a doctor which was brought to life with a week in a cardiology ward at Royal Surrey County Hospital where she shadowed junior doctors and nurses and attended meetings with consultants and doctors. The week allowed Ella to learn about the latest technology, become more aware of academic terminology and see the levels of professionalism required from a doctor.

LVS Ascot works alongside Bracknell careers service Adviza, and Louise Buckley, their careers advisor at the school, said: “Work Experience is vital as it allows students to get hands-on experience in a professional work environment. LVS Ascot’s students received feedback from employers during the week on their communication and team work skills, got involved in live projects, attended meetings and delivered presentations which are great experiences to include on their UCAS university applications forms. The week has given them insight into the world of careers, allowing them to make an informed decision about their career pathways”.

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire Student Elected To Parish Council At 18 Years Old

An LVS Ascot student has been elected to Winkfield Parish Council at just 18 years old. Jordan Masters, who has

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just completed his A-levels at the independent all-ability school, claimed victory for the Conservatives in the Ascot Priory ward by receiving 59% of the vote against Labour Party candidate Michael Karim. The election took place on Thursday 20th July.

Jordan has a strong interest in both the local and national issues that confront residents in their daily lives, and has a particular interest in the issues faced by younger people, wishing to promote their views on the council. He has honed his interest in politics whilst at LVS Ascot, in 2016 receiving two awards at the school’s prestigious President’s Day – the Peter Veal Prize for Law and the 6th form prize for Government and Politics. When receiving his awards he said: “I really do have a passion for the subjects and have enjoyed studying them, but it is down to a brilliant politics and law teacher that I have achieved it – I’m very proud”.

In June 2016 Jordan showed his talents and passion for politics by completing a week’s work experience at LVS Ascot in the office of Conor Burns, MP for Bournemouth West, Alderney and Branksome East. His tasks included keeping Mr Burns’ constituency diary, and organising his time with constituents which Jordan explained was “an important part of an MP’s job”. During the week he gained further crucial knowledge from sharing an office with the staff of Stephen Crabb, MP for Preseli. The work experience took place the week after the Brexit vote, and being amongst the country’s politicians at such an exciting and tumultuous spurred Jordan’s passion to become involved in politics. He even met Boris Johnson the day before he famously withdrew from the Conservative leadership race.

LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “LVS Ascot is a special place where every student can flourish as an individual and exceed their expectations. Jordan is a prime example of that – his dedication has been fantastic in gaining the experience, supported by the school, that has allowed him to achieve this important position in the local community. We wish him all the best in his new role and look forward to following his political career with interest”.

A future in politics is not a first for an LVS Ascot student as John Moore, Baron Moore of Lower Marsh, spent ten years at LVS before going on to become an MP. He even held a cabinet position as Secretary of State for Transport under Margaret Thatcher in 1986. Baron Moore said: “At Licensed Victuallers’ School I learned to love history, and history gave me an enormous perspective on whatever I have done in politics. That came from the school”.

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire

Sixty junior school pupils from LVS Ascot, some as young as four years old, took to the school’s professional stage on

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Thursday 25th May to perform individual and group routines in front of a capacity audience. The LVS Ascot Has Got Talent show was a celebration of junior performance and demonstrated the amazing confidence that pupils at the independent all-ability school are building.

The audience of 300 people was brought to tears of emotion and laughter as pupils wowed the crowd with their musical recitals, dance routines and comedy acts. Professional dancer Sophie Coster was the guest judge, and she praised the young performers for their courage, commitment and talents, saying she was blown away by both the number of pupils involved and the standard of the performances.

5-year-old Lucy from Reception class won the ‘Key Stage 1 and EYFS’ category for her dance skills whilst 11-year-old Connor claimed the prize for ‘Upper Key Stage 2’ with a superb piano recital which he dedicated to the late Roger Moore. However, the winners of the ‘Lower Key Stage 2’ category where undoubtedly the biggest crowd pleasers of the evening. Theo (10 years old), Ollie (10) and Sam (7), of Years 5 and 3 respectively, left the audience in tears with their comedy routine in which they mimicked various members of Junior School staff, including Senior Master of the Junior School Mr Dennis, all in a tight and well-choreographed routine wearing giant masks.

Mr Dennis said: “LVS Ascot is a place where young pupils can build their confidence, have the courage to try new things, exceed their expectations and excel at their special talents. This evening of public performance highlighted how successfully we instil these values in our pupils, so well done to everyone who took part in this memorable event. Also a big thank you to all of the parents who helped organise the performances”.

Photo: Key Stage 1 & EYFS winner Lucy receives her prize from professional dancer Sophie Coster

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire

 

Year 13 students from LVS Ascot made emotional farewells to each other and the school on Friday 26th May at their Leavers’ Celebration Day in

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Windsor. The traditional goodbye to school life finished with a service at Windsor Parish Church followed by afternoon tea and presentations at the Harte and Garter Hotel.

A morning of inflatable ‘It’s A Knockout’ style games in LVS Ascot’s 25-acre grounds gave them plenty of excitement to begin their last day at the independent all-ability school. They then dressed up for a poignant service at Windsor Parish Church, with farewell speeches from Head Boy Alistair Drape and Head Girl Jessica Tipping.

This was followed by afternoon tea and presentations at the Harte and Garter Hotel in Windsor, with lots of laughter as their teachers recounted many vivid memories created during the students’ time at the school.

It summed up life at LVS Ascot perfectly with the school delivering a refreshing approach to independent education; full of fun, camaraderie, a wide variety of experiences both serious and not so serious, and at the end of it all eighty confident, caring citizens fully prepared for the future.

LVS Ascot Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “If you could highlight an LVS Ascot education in just one day this would be it. Our Year 13 students enjoyed a whole range of experiences and emotions, saved memories of their time and friendships together, and emerged ready to face life beyond the school equipped with the confidence, social skills and academic knowledge that will help them to be successful in further education and their careers”.

Eighty students from the day and boarding school are leaving this summer, some having been at the all-through school since they were four, attending junior and senior school there before completing sixth form.

The students will return to school over the next few weeks to complete their A-Levels, hoping to follow the success of last year’s leavers who achieved LVS Ascot’s highest ever pass rate of 99.2% with 61% of the class of 2016 going on to their first choice university.

Photo: Year 13 students from LVS Ascot prepare to say goodbye at their leavers’ celebrations at the Harte and Garter Hotel in Windsor

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire

 

Students at LVS Ascot are being given the best possible chance of GCSE success thanks to the school’s innovative new Revision Hub Café which opened

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this month specifically to help students gain the edge in exams.

Every Tuesday and Thursday Year 11 students flock to the new Revision Hub Café at the independent all-ability school, where they can meet their friends and teachers to share knowledge and ask key final questions they need answered as final preparation for exams. The sessions are proving extremely popular, with students able to relax and chat over complimentary cookies and hot chocolate, access teachers who are on hand to offer help and advice, and also make use of a supply of Revision Hub Café stationery including highlighters, revision prompt cards and their Year 11 VIP Pass to their private revision area.

Watch and share: LVS Ascot students using the new Revision Hub Café.

Student Harriet Rawlinson said: “I have had three exams already and have more coming up. The Revision Hub Café is good for me and other Year 11 students as we can all come together to relax and also speak to the teachers to ask questions if we need reassurance on anything before an exam”.

Whilst the school’s Year 11 pupils are being helped through exams by peers and teachers in the Revision Hub Café, LVS Ascot Head of Sixth Form has offered a number of useful tips to all students looking for that crucial edge in achieving exam success this summer. Dr Paul Hodges said: “We created the Revision Hub Café as we are always looking for innovative ways to help our students achieve more. Exams can be a really stressful time that you can tackle more effectively if you are able to relax, and also access extra help from friends and teachers. We are also passing on our knowledge on revision tips to help students use their time effectively to prepare for what are the most important few weeks of their lives so far”.

Paul’s top tips for all students sitting GCSE and A-Level exams in the next few weeks are:

· Colour code your revision with post it notes or highlighter pens to identify what you need to spend more time on. Green = I know this and am confident on it so don’t waste time on it unnecessarily. Orange = I should practice this so I am more confident on it – you might need to go through your textbooks and do a few exam-style questions. Red = I don’t understand this – so review your notes, re-read the text book, make new notes or ask for help.

· Practice exam papers. Students should aim to complete at least five practice papers for each subject. You can start by doing parts of a paper in timed chunks. Later challenge yourself to do past papers, without notes, in silence and within the time limit to make them more realistic. Get them marked to work out where you have gaps in your knowledge.

· Turn your phone off and go off-line. Avoid the constant distraction of social media, text messaging and news feeds when you are revising.

· 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.

· Ask for advice. Speak to your teacher to pinpoint any errors that you may be making. They should be happy to demonstrate a concept to you to help you understand.

Photo: LVS Ascot students in the Revision Hub Café

LVS Ascot Independent Berkshire

Six students from LVS Ascot are celebrating after being awarded with prestigious tall ship sail training scholarships from the Worshipful Company of Innholders, one of

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the City of London’s 110 livery companies, on Wednesday 3rd May.

The Master of the WCI, Charles Attlee, visited the independent all-ability school to put students through a rigorous interview process before awarding the valuable scholarships. The awards will see the group of A-Level students become sailors on the high seas on an intensive course in October, where they will board a tall ship from Portsmouth and spend a week sailing on the Solent.

The trip will see them climb high rigging on an old-style ship and take on testing tasks as part of the boat’s crew, providing amazing experiences where they will need to work well together in difficult circumstances, building their character on the trip of a lifetime.

Master of the Worshipful Company of Innholders Charles Attlee said: “We are delighted to offer to LVS Ascot’s students the opportunity to broaden their experiences and do something very few people have the chance to do. The students interviewed extremely well. They had a range of skills and backgrounds and showed off different sides to their characters. They were all confident interviewees and I enjoyed meeting them”.

Dr Paul Hodges, Head of Sixth Form at LVS Ascot, said: “Our ethos at LVS Ascot is to provide a refreshing approach to independent education, and being the only school to whom the Worshipful Company of Innholders offers sail training highlights that. We inspire our students to exceed their expectations and on this dream trip our six successful applicants will do exactly that as it will be a voyage of discovery in more ways than one”

Photo: Members of the WCI with LVS Ascot’s students awarded with prestigious sail training scholarships

LVS Ascot independent day and boarding school Berkshire

Students in the junior and senior school at LVS Ascot were captivated by a visit from Irish author Dave Rudden on Thursday 20th April, who

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helped the school deliver its inspiring education with a talk in the theatre and book signing session with his young fans.

A short film of highlights from Dave’s visit can be viewed and shared here.

LVS Ascot’s 300-seat theatre was packed full of eager students from the independent all-ability school and Easthampstead Park Community School who were invited to share the occasion, and the author of Knights Of The Borrowed Dark and The Forever Court did not disappoint. He talked to students about ways they can improve what they write, such as using every word as a weapon and not being afraid to fail as they need to experiment to succeed.

A question and answer session gave several students the opportunity to win signed copies of Dave Rudden’s books, and he then took a look around the LVS Ascot Learning Resource Centre which he was hugely impressed by, comparing the depth of facilities to those available at a public library, before signing copies of his books for young fans and answering their personal questions on what they can do to improve.

Dave Rudden said: “Today’s visit was so much fun. You can really tell when the kids are readers and passionate about books and they are here. It is clear that LVS Ascot is an excellent reading school and that will stand students in good stead as a basis for creative writing”.

Mrs Emma Keeler, Head of Learning Resources at LVS Ascot, highlighted the importance of meeting authors to inspire and encourage the development of reading and writing skills in young people: “There is strong evidence linking reading for pleasure with educational outcomes, as well as other health and social benefits.  Bringing an author to the student breaks down the idea that writing is something other people do and encourages them to be creative themselves.  Dave Rudden made our students laugh but also demystified the writing process. It was clear that students were inspired to excel and flourish by the visit, and that is the school’s ethos in all areas”.

 

Photo: Excited LVS Ascot students meet author Dave Rudden

LVS Ascot independent day and boarding school Berkshire

Students at sixth forms across Berkshire are being advised by a local Head of Sixth Form to leap into action now to obtain valuable work

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experience this summer. Dr Paul Hodges, Head of Sixth Form at independent all-ability school LVS Ascot, says that students should be arranging their placements over Easter if they have not done so already and that such placements are gathering increasing importance not just with employers but also for universities as well.

Dr Hodges said: “It is a great idea for young people to gain work experience, especially if they are thinking of applying to university as it provides a degree of professional credibility that will really boost their UCAS application. It is important that students gain genuine value and skills from any work experience placements – it will also give them a good idea as to whether a career in a chosen profession really suits them”.

In a report published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), 66% of employers said that work experience is a critical or significant factor in their recruitment, something LVS Ascot takes seriously with a specific work experience week for Year 12 students, a LinkedIn page that allows parents to offer work experience placements to other students in the Sixth Form and careers advisers available to help with finding the most suitable placements for students. Inspiring placements in the last two years at LVS Ascot have included Facebook’s UK headquarters, Longcross Studios and even working for MPs the week after the Brexit vote.

Here are Dr Paul Hodges’ top tips for securing that all-important work experience placement: 

Where to start?

Use your existing network of connections such as family, neighbours and family friends.  These people may be able to put you in contact with the human resources department of a company. If you already have a good idea of an organisation you would like to work with, do a web search for their contact details. 

Make sure it is relevant and interesting

Think carefully about the career you want to pursue in the future and try to get work experience in that industry. Most employers are happy to be approached and it is often easier to undertake work experience in your local area.  Most work experience placements last five days and this can seem like a very long time if you are not really interested in the profession. 

Do some research

Make sure the company can offer a varied experience. You should find out the aims and values of the company, the profile of its customers, the nature of the work and also who you will be reporting to during the placement.

Ask for help

The careers advisers at LVS Ascot and sixth form team are available to help with finding the most suitable placements for our students. LVS Ascot has a specific work experience week for Year 12 students and also a LinkedIn page that allows parents to offer work experience placements for other students in the Sixth Form.

Getting in touch

It is really easy to ignore an email so it is always best to telephone the company and ask for the person who organises work experience.  Making the call can be a bit daunting and you need to plan what you want to say and write it down beforehand.  Have a pen and paper to hand in order to make a note of names and important information. Speak clearly and be polite – introduce yourself and your school before explaining that you are interested in work experience. You should explain briefly why you are interested in the company and the work that they do.  The employer may ask for a CV so be prepared to create one that is tailored to the placement.

During the work experience placement make sure you do the following: 

Be organised and get involved

Try to make a good impression by being in the right place at the right time and show enthusiasm for the tasks you are given.  Employers won’t really know what you are capable of so show initiative and their confidence in you will grow.

Keep a note of what you learn

It is useful to note down any skills you learn or the skills required for a particular job – for example time management, the ability to manage your time and work as a team.  Reference these skills and achievements when you write your UCAS personal statement or CV.

Ask questions

Be prepared to ask relevant questions while on your placement as this will help you to understand different aspects of the business. It also shows that you are keen to learn more and are interested in the company. Most people will happily talk about their roles and their career path.

Say thank you

It’s always a good idea to be polite and send a thank you letter following your placement.  If a potential employer remembers you for the right reasons they may offer you a position in the future.

Reflect

Reflect on your placement – is it really the right career for you? If you didn’t enjoy the experience, try to work out which components you liked or disliked.  This should help you to focus your career path and consider alternatives.

 

Photo:  LVS Ascot student Megan Jenkinson (2nd left) at Facebook’s UK headquarters with LVS Ascot teacher James Paterson and two members of the Facebook staff

 

 

LVS Ascot independent day and boarding school Berkshire

Young pupils at LVS Ascot swapped ipads and computers for quills and chalkboards last week as they took a trip back to Victorian times as

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part of an entertaining and enlightening Humanities Week.

All 174 junior school pupils made a trip during the event to the Reading Museum to help them discover historical information in the week themed ‘How life has changed since 1803’. The interactive sessions saw pupils at the independent all-ability school take part in Victorian school room or Victorian child at work sessions. They dressed in uniforms of the times and were shown exactly what life was like for children of that era, with volunteers experiencing what it was like to be stood in the corner in a dunce’s hat and even to be caned by the teacher in front of the class.

Another highlight from Humanities Week was an assembly on the history of Licensed Victuallers’ School, which opened in 1803 and has been honoured by the patronage of the reigning monarch since 1836 when a Royal Charter was granted by King William IV. The Queen has been patron since she ascended to the throne in 1952.

Pupils also received a lesson on ethics from LVS Ascot Senior School Head of Philosophy & Religion Simon Martin, created timelines to put major historical events in order and did role plays on what life was like in past times.

The week ended on a high for children and parents alike as all pupils from Reception to Year 6 took part in class presentations to their families. Pupils exuded confidence as they each talked about what they had learned and displayed their work from Humanities Week, to the delight of their audiences.

Principal Christine Cunniffe said: “One of our aims is to develop caring, confident citizens for the future and our children as young as four demonstrated the confidence they are building here during some excellent presentations.  These are skills they will be able to take forward to the LVS Ascot senior school when they become involved in technology competitions, debating, and performing arts productions”.

Parents wishing to find out for themselves how LVS Ascot builds confidence in young pupils at the school’s junior school and reception class tour on 22ndApril. Google LVS Ascot Open Days for more information.

Photo: An LVS Ascot pupil tries out the dunce’s hat in a Victorial classroom at the Reading Museum

 

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