Lord Wandsworth College

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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 360 (Boys) 216 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 11 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1922

General Information

The young people at Lord Wandsworth quickly appreciate that education is not simply about academic results or achievement in the arts or sport. Education at the College is concerned with the development of self within a caring and supportive community.This is a special place where individuals are valued and are taught to respect the needs and aspirations of others. There is no pretence here, simply a ready concern for what is right and a real sense of purpose in achieving the best that is possible. The academic curriculum is challenging yet appropriate; everyone is encouraged to become fully involved in a busy, diverse boarding community. Above all we place great emphasis on belonging and it is this strong sense of ownership and collective responsibility that is immediately evident to visitors.

Facilities

Specialised Music and Drama Centres, separate 6th Form Centre with its own ICT suite, reference and resource area and recreation facilities.The main sports played are rugby, hockey, netball, tennis and cricket. Squash, badminton, golf, cross-country running, athletics, swimming, cycling and canoeing are also actively pursued and there are school teams in each of these sports. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme flourishes as does the Combined Cadet Force and an active Community Service group. Other activities include pottery, life saving, rock climbing and debating. EFL lessons available as are full, weekly and flexi boarding.

Entrance Requirements

Common Entrance, School’s own examination or test, interview.Entry into the 6th Form: minimum of 4 Grade Cs and 2 Grade Bs at GCSE.

Scholarships

11+: Academic, Sport & Music. 13+ & 16+: Academic, Sport, Music, Art, Drama, All Rounder. Some Foundation Awards are available, please contact the school for details.

Open Days

2017. Open Afternoon: Fri. 22nd September, 4pm - 6pm. Open Morning: Thurs. 19th October, 9am - 11am. Open Mornings for 1st Form (Year 7): Thurs. October 12th and Thurs. November 16th, both 9am - 11am.

2018. Open Mornings: Thurs. January 25th and Thurs. March 22nd, both 9am - 11am. Open Evening: Thurs. May 3rd, 6pm - 8pm.

Fees

2017/2018.

Juniors: Full Boarding £9380, Weekly Boarding £9075, Flexi Boarding (up to 3 nights) £7950, Day £6550.

Seniors: Full Boarding £10,700, Weekly Boarding £10,200, Flexi Boarding (up to 3 nights) £8850, Day £7520.

Occasional Boarding: £49 per night.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2015

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Adam Williams

Contact for enquiries: Mrs M Hicks, Director of Admissions

Lord Wandsworth College
Long Sutton
Hook
Hampshire
RG29 1TB

[t]: 01256 862201
[f]: 01256 860363
[w]: www.lordwandsworth.org

Location Description

Set on a large, rural campus of 1200 acres on the North Hampshire/Surrey border.

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On the back of some fine A level results, the GCSE pupils at Lord Wandsworth College shone this summer, with over half of all GCSE

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grades being awarded at A* or A (53%) and 80% of all grades at A*-B, equalling the school’s best GCSE performance in many years and against the backdrop of more challenging exams and reports of less certainty in the new grading system. 95% of pupils achieved and average of A*-C across all subjects.

Huge congratulations, in particular, go to Tabitha Restall-Young and Hristina Iankova, who achieved the perfect set of 10A*s, closely followed by 12 other pupils including Amy McGeoch, Luke Allison and Alvin Boateng who achieved 8 or 9A*s.

Although a school which is passionate about the all-round nature of education and the individual, LWC continues to invest heavily in the quality of teaching and learning, staff professional development and teaching facilities.  With a £250,000 refurbishment to the English department almost complete and a state-of-the-art new Science centre in the planning stages to name but two of many projects, the core subjects of English, Maths and the Sciences, in particular, are flourishing, with A*-B grades of over 90% in almost all cases this year.

Headmaster, Adam Williams, said, “It is a privilege to see our pupils continue to fulfil their potential across the wide range of subjects, yet maintain their passions for music, sport, drama and the broader co-curriculum. They remain committed to reaching out in the community to make a positive difference to others too, which is truly inspirational.  Our mission to transform the teaching and learning landscape at LWC whilst maintaining the ethos of the College continues apace, and these results are testament to the exciting changes that have been made.”

Photo:  left to right:  Melvin Boateng (6 A*, 2 A, 2 B), Mackenzie Burke (2 A*, 6 A, 2 B),  Tabitha Restall-Young (10 A*),  Alvin Boateng (8 A*, 2 A), Headmaster Adam Williams

Lord Wandsworth College independent day and boarding school Hampshire

After continuing academic progress and development throughout the year at Lord Wandsworth College, and against a national landscape of more rigorous examination assessments, the pressure

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was on for the cohort of 2017, but LWC pupils delivered some superb academic stories, with 32% of all results being graded A*-A, 63.1% A*-B (an increase of 6% on the previous year) and a pass rate of 99%. With significant investment in teaching and pastoral facilities over the summer close to completion and over £10m more planned within the next 5 years, the future looks bright indeed for this all-round school with an academic heart; a school which also has record levels of interest and record numbers of pupils attending this September.

Huge congratulations, in particular, go to Katherine Heywood, who achieved 4A*s and an A* in her EPQ (she heads on to Cambridge to read Medicine), followed closely by Miles McDuffus, Charley Rogerson, Harry Badger, Dan Budd, Hannah Evans and Georgia Warner, Jake Samut, Ella Jeffery and Kate Towsey all of whom achieved at least 3 A grades.

The year group further provided an almost clean sweep of A*s in their Extended Project qualifications as they took and applied their subject knowledge to university-degree level.

Headmaster, Adam Williams, said,  “ as a school which is utterly committed to Character Education, Pupil Voice and an all-round education, our pupils can be rightly proud of some fine exam performances which will spur them onwards and upwards in their future careers to make a positive difference in the world, where curiosity, creativity and emotional intelligence are key.  They have been supported by some inspirational teachers too, who constantly strive for new and innovative ways to deliver an ever-changing curriculum.“

 

Photo:  left to right – Charlie Rogerson, Harry Badger, Hannah Evans, Adam Williams (Headmaster)

 

Lord Wandsworth Independent Hampshire Charity Sleep Out

Pupils at Lord Wandsworth College spent Saturday night sleeping out in school grounds to raise over £500 for the Aldershot-based charity,

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Step by Step.

Twenty five Year 8 pupils slept under the stars on, luckily for them, one of the warmest nights of the year. Many had made cardboard box shelters and during the evening they played games, made and barbecued sausages and burgers before toasting marshmallows over an open fire. They were woken early by the dawn chorus and their efforts were rewarded by bacon sandwiches at 6am.

The pupils were reminded of the serious message behind their fun as Step by Step support local young people who are facing hard times, including homelessness, and help prepare them for a more secure life.

Headmaster Adam Williams said, ‘The pupils were keen to support this amazing charity to show some awareness of how lucky they are to be at LWC. They had a great night and were proud to be part of the project. Our Year 7s are already looking forward to taking part next year!’

Step by Step Community Fundraiser, Jenny Jackson, said, “We are very grateful to everyone who slept out at Lord Wandsworth and to all those who sponsored them.   We couldn’t help around 1,900 young people this year without the support of schools like Lord Wandsworth, their fundraising really will help other young people build a brighter future for themselves.”

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The Lord Wandsworth College community has broken the Guinness World Record for the most people taking part in a game of

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touch rugby.

523 people took part in the game, held at Lord Wandsworth College in Long Sutton, on Saturday 24th June and Sunday 25th June, beating the current record of 442 which was set by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Participants included current and former pupils, staff, parents, local villagers, Alton and Farnham rugby clubs and pupils from Long Sutton primary school, Danes Hill and St Neot’s prep schools.   John Brake, the professional England rugby sevens player, came along to take part and the London Irish Academy were there too, along with their mascot.

The community raised over £4000 for Cancer Research and mental health charity, Mind.

Jonathan Pitt, houseparent at Lord Wandsworth College, said “I’m so proud of all those people that helped make this happen – we couldn’t have done it without the whole community getting involved and we’re over the moon to have raised so much money for charity.”

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The annual Lord Wandsworth College careers fair took place in March and was, for the first time, also attended by pupils from The Costello School in

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Basingstoke.

It was a diverse and stimulating afternoon, with just under 40 parents and alumni from a wide range of professions and sectors on hand to talk to pupils, including a former MP, jeweller, accountant, engineer, architect, scientist, pilot, music industry manager, quantity surveyor, film maker and actress.

Over 400 pupils from 3rd Form to 6th Form were eager to meet the delegates and ask questions about what their jobs involved.  Delegates offered encouragement and advice on how to choose a career and emphasised the importance of developing the right thinking and communication skills.

Rupert Gardner from The Costello School said “We were very grateful to be invited to the careers fair at Lord Wandsworth College where over a large selection of companies, businesses and career paths were being demonstrated and explained.  Our students had the opportunity to talk to a wide range of representatives and business leaders ranging from professional rugby players to airline pilots, goldsmiths to racing car designers and even the CEO of Vodafone UK!  The delegates were able to explain their choices for further and higher education, their changing career paths and their hopes and aspirations for the future.  It gave a unique insight into the world of work, and the path that people took to reach their current employment which hopefully inspired our students as they make their choices for the future.”

Sharon Allmark, Head of Careers and Higher Education at Lord Wandsworth College said, “We are so grateful to the parents and Sternians (alumni) who gave up their time to provide pupils with an invaluable insight into their inspirational careers and career paths. The advice given to pupils on making choices and on career development is priceless and will be of great value to them in their future decision making.”

Photo: View of careers fair

 

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William Harris, a pupil at Lord Wandsworth College, was announced as runner-up in a national competition to recognise pupil librarians.

The competition is a joint venture

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between the School Library Association and the CILIP School Libraries Group.  A five-strong short list was selected from a strong field of nominations from school librarians across the UK and the winner and runner up were announced by bestselling author Cathy Cassidy at a special ceremony at Portcullis House, Westminster.

Barbara Band, Chair of the Judging Panel and founder of the award said “Week after week many students support the libraries in their schools by giving of their time and effort.  These students are not only helping to create a lively and effective library that responds to the needs of its users, they are also gaining valuable skills and experience in the process.  This award was created to recognise that work and also to highlight the unique synergy that occurs when a pupil becomes a library assistant.”

William’s citation described him as reliable and dependable under pressure and his contributions in the library have widened pupil participation, inspired others to join the library team and attracted non-users into the library.   He promotes the library throughout the school; running quizzes and competitions and producing displays.  William said “the library was the place where I was able to feel safe and happy, away from the intensity of the rest of the college” and he has enabled many other students to enjoy this same feeling through the creation of an active book club that allows them to develop their thoughts and emotions in a supportive peer-to-peer environment.

Headmaster, Adam Williams, said “William is an exceptional library assistant who has set the standards for others to aspire to.  When one looks at the range of his involvement and the events that William oversees, there are moments when he could be a member of staff.  We are extremely proud of him.

Photo: William with his award certificate in Lord Wandsworth College’s library

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Students at Lord Wandsworth College performed a powerful, all male production of Christopher Marlowe’s classic tragedy, Dr Faustus, to great acclaim.

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class=”x_MsoNormal”>The tale of a man who sells his soul to the devil for 24 years of absolute power was given a school-based twist and setting. Using screens and light boxes, the production managed to create distinct locations and moods to support Faustus’ descent into hell. Comic set-pieces, including the disruption of a papal event, were imaginatively realised and skilled ensemble work brought the seven deadly sins to life in an under-stated, but powerful way.

5th former, Laurence Watkins, produced an outstanding performance as Faustus, capturing the arrogance and anguish of his journey before delivering a formidable rendition of the powerful soliloquy that concludes the play and left the audience numb, as the seven deadly sins gathered to claim their prize. Jamie Read ably supported as the menacing Mephistopheles and was among many striking cameos from the eight-strong cast; Ben Reeves’ self-absorbed Emperor and Billy Densham’s seductive Duchess also stood out.

Headmaster, Adam Williams, said, ‘It was an inspirational performance by these young actors, who toyed with the audience’s emotions throughout under the exceptional direction of English teacher Mr Machin.  As always, it is a privilege to see work of such quality in our purpose-built drama centre.”

Photo from left to right: Marcus Ruffell, Harry Wright, Billy Densham, Lawrence Watkins, Jamie Read, Ben Reeves, Will Sanvoisin, Melvin Boateng

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Emily Harris, a 14 year old pupil at Lord Wandsworth College, has represented Great Britain at the U18 Women’s Ice Hockey

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World Championships in Poland.

Playing against Italy, Denmark, Poland, China and Kazakstan, the GB team finished up 4th in the table.  Not only was Emily awarded Player of the Game by her team against Denmark, she also received the Great Britain Supporters Club trophy for their Player Of The Tournament.

Headmaster, Adam Williams, said “We’re extremely proud of Emily’s efforts.  A lot of hard work and perseverance goes into performing at this level and she is doing fantastically well.”

Photo attached: Emily Harris

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Villagers from Long Sutton and children from Long Sutton primary school came together with pupils and staff at Lord Wandsworth College

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to stop and observe a two minute silence on Armistice Day, in memory of all those that have died in battle.

There were some 700 people gathered around the flagpole at 11am to remember those who had fallen.  The Guard of Honour from Lord Wandsworth’s Combined Cadet Force marched onto the parade, followed by the Headmaster, Governor Tim Prideaux, the Heads of College and two pupils from Long Sutton primary school, all of whom laid wreaths.

Sixth Former, Ben Baily, played the Reveille on the Bugle and Head of College, Charley Rogerson, read out the names of those from Long Sutton and Sternians (Lord Wandsworth alumni) who died in WW1. The sun shone and the birds sang as pupil, Peter Cooke, read the poem ‘In Flanders’ Fields’.  Crosses from each boarding house were laid alongside the wreaths at the foot of the flag pole and the college chaplain, Pete Maidment, led the prayers.

It was a special and poignant moment for the community to gather together, stop and remember.

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A school that began through the will of a wealthy man has shown its own charitable aptitude by raising over £22,000 during the last school

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year.

With events ranging from bake sales and non-uniform days to tough physical challenges, staff and pupils at Lord Wandsworth College have shown commitment to helping others. Charities supported include the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), Teenage Cancer Trust, CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and Macmillan as well as the school’s own Ghana Partnership.  The College has also started a fund to build a War Memorial to honour former pupils who died for their country.

Many events have been nominated by pupils themselves with Sophie’s Fund being decided as a non-uniform day charity through a Dragon’s Den style presentation by 14 year old pupils. Lower 6th former, Robyn Wheeler, spoke movingly in an assembly about the Teenage Cancer Trust and Upper 6th former, Laith Al-Khalaf, spoke powerfully about the refugee crisis. Key Stage 3 pupils held a highly successful Christmas Fayre which raised £2000 for a cancer charity.

Boarding houses have raised money through coffee mornings or entertainment evenings featuring external speakers.  Staff and pupils have taken on a range of physical challenges together – the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster canoe race and the John O’Groats to Land’s End cycle tour being just two.

Already the current school year has started with a charitable focus with 17 year-old Ben Baily completing the Mean Bean Challenge for the Tear Fund drawing attention to world hunger, a Colour Run being held for the War Memorial Fund and a Chase The Sun race around the Isle of Wight to raise funds for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Headmaster, Adam Williams, said “As part of our +1 ethos, it is hugely important to us and our pupils that we seek to be fully engaged with the world outside the College. I am delighted that so many pupils put forward ideas and support events with such determination and they are an inspiration to us all. We are committed to developing our pupils’ social awareness and using their skills and passions to benefit the wider community. By doing this, we believe they are very much following the ideals of the College’s Founder.”

 

 

Photo:Participants in the Colour Run for a War Memorial Fund

 

 

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A group of energetic pupils and staff from Lord Wandsworth College spent ten days over the summer cycling from John O’Groats

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to Land’s End in the school’s 13th annual charity cycle tour.

These cycling trips have now raised almost £30,000 for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) which supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families.

The pupils, aged between 15 and 18, cycled distances of up to 120 miles per day in order to achieve their feat within 10 days.  The route took them through stunning landscapes in Scotland, over daunting climbs such as the Kirkstone Pass in the Lake District and through the relentless dips and climbs of the West Country.  Helped by a largely favourable wind and improving weather, the group showed extraordinary determination and resilience day after day.

Headmaster Adam Williams said, “This was a phenomenal achievement by a remarkable group of young men and their highly supportive teachers.  We are proud of the way our pupils take on diverse and original challenges and embrace the chance to develop themselves whilst raising money for a vital charity.”

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For the fourth year in a row, Lord Wandsworth College has once again hosted the popular Festival of Book Clubs, now

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a firm fixture in the literary calendar for local book clubs.

Over traditional afternoon tea, five leading authors talked about their literary careers and latest novels.  There was lively, interactive discussion with the audience, chaired by Tim O’Kelly of OneTree Books in Petersfield, which was made up of 120 members of book clubs from across Hampshire and Surrey plus a group of GCSE and A Level pupils from the College.

Karen Maitland writes historical novels after she became fascinated by the medieval period having visited the Beguinage in Bruges.  Her novels include The Vanishing Witch, which was a Good Housekeeping recommended book, and her most recent novel The Raven’s HeadRobin Blake has been a school teacher, documentary maker for Capital Radio and a full time author since 1986 – he has written a plethora of historical crime fiction.  London born, Carol Drinkwater, is best known for her award-winning portrayal of Helen Herriot in the television adaptation of the James Herriot books, All Creatures Great and Small.  Her first book, The Haunted School, was published and made into a TV series.  She has just finished her 21st book. Nicci Gerrard and her husband, Sean French, write as a partnership – they published their first Nicci French novel, The Memory Game, in 1997.  There are now fourteen other bestselling novels by Nicci French published by Penguin.  Finally, Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction.  Her novel, The Carrier, won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards.  Two of her crime novels, The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives, have been adapted for ITV.

Lord Wandsworth’s English teacher and Head of Academic Enrichment, Jennie Leopold, said “This was a beautifully civilised event, in aid of The Honeypot children’s charity.  It was enriching for our students as not only were they able to listen to successful authors divulge their thoughts on the writing process, but they were able to converse with them and pick their brains on all aspects of writing. The students’ curiosity and imaginations were indulged to the full and they departed full of both insight and scones in equal measure!”

Photo: Authors – from left to right: Sophie Hannah, Karen Maitland, Carol Drinkwater, Nicci Gerrard, Sean French and Robin Blake

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Thirty pupils from Lord Wandsworth College were lucky enough to meet the Lashings World XI side that played at Odiham & Greywell Cricket Club recently.

The

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Lashings team is made up of ex-England and International cricketers who tour the UK playing at schools and clubs to promote the sport. This year’s team includes John Emburey, Monty Panesar, Gordon Greenidge and Herschelle Gibbs*.

The pupils were lucky enough to take part in a batting masterclass with ex-England International, Monty Panesar, and a fielding masterclass with Phil Defreitas.  They asked lots of questions and the pros were impressed when they demonstrated their skills. They then watched the exciting match between the Lashings side and Odiham & Greywell’s 1st XI.  Lord Wandsworth College’s very own Alex Brown, who is in the 4th Form, played in the match for Odiham & Greywell and was awarded Man of the Match.

This topped off a very special year for LWC’s cricket teams which saw the U13 and U15 girls become Hampshire champions in the Lady Taverners indoor cricket competition, the girls 1st XI winning some key matches against Wellington and Cranleigh and the boys claiming the scalps of Epsom, Radley and Charterhouse.  The College was also awarded a place in the top 100 UK schools for cricket in the UK by the Cricketer magazine.

Headmaster, Adam Williams, said, “LWC’s cricket is going from strength to strength and it’s particularly exciting to see the girls’ cricket, which has recently been introduced throughout the school, developing and having such an impact.  It was wonderful to watch our pupils interacting with the Lashings players and getting tips and advice.  I’m extremely proud of them all and am already looking forward to what next season will bring.”

 

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With the late-summer sunshine streaming across the 1200 acre LWC campus, Lord Wandsworth pupils had much to celebrate, with 94% of

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GCSE results graded A*-C and close to 80% at A*-B, one of the best in many years and narrowly missing last August’s record-breaking performance.

As the Headmaster, Adam Williams, celebrated the successes with staff and pupils alike, he was able to highlight notable achievements in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Latin and Religious Studies, with these departments scoring well over 90% A*-B.

He commented “It is a pleasure to see our pupils thriving in what are often perceived as some of the most challenging and rigorous of GCSEs. I’m also hugely excited to see the Sciences and Maths, in particular, being chosen by so many in the A level years: the future bodes well with such strong foundations in place. Being able to balance such strength in the classroom with the sheer breadth of other opportunities on offer here means our Sixth Form numbers are at their highest in the school’s history.”

Photo: Cameron Taylor (left), Toby Williams (right)

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Fifteen year old, Hamish Kuperus, a student at Lord Wandsworth College, has cycled over 200 miles in two days from Holyhead

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in North Wales to Pembroke Dock in South Wales, to raise money for the Encephalitis Society.

Hamish cycled 135 miles on the first day and 65 miles on the second, spending a total of 12 hours and 50 minutes in the saddle. He climbed over 15,000ft, which is over three times the height of Ben Nevis (4,409ft). He planned and organised the trip all by himself, and recruited the help of his Mum to support him on the way.

Encephalitis is a rare brain disease which can affect anyone at any time.  It was contracted by a family friend and Hamish saw at first-hand how terrible the effects were, not only for the sufferer, but also their family.  He has raised over £1,000 for the charity.

Hamish said, “The experience of the trip taught me a lot about myself and how hard I could push myself physically and mentally. On the first day the sun got the better of me but this just gave me the willpower to finish the challenge the day after. It proved to me how I could get myself back on the bike from rock bottom and continue to pedal. It has helped me understand my body and mind a lot more, and believe anything is possible if you put your mind to it and give 110%.”

Adam Williams, headmaster of Lord Wandsworth College, said “This was an incredibly demanding challenge and we’re all extremely proud of Hamish. His courage and perseverance during an intense 48 hours was, quite simply, awe-inspiring, and he has inspired more pupils to plan for similarly thrilling exploits in order to make a difference to others.”

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