Lord Wandsworth College


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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 390 (Boys) 230 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 11 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1922

General Information

Set in 1200 acres of rolling countryside on the North Hampshire and Surrey border, Lord Wandsworth College provides a safe, secure and inspiring learning environment.

Encouraging every pupil to be as good as they possibly can be, we achieve excellent examination results and create confident, capable, extremely level-headed and happy young people.

Firmly believing that education extends far beyond the classroom, we offer an incredible range of sporting and co-curricular activities and go to great lengths to discover what makes each pupil special.

At LWC, pupils have a voice, alongside a desire to be curious, creative and gain an ever-developing sense of emotional intelligence.


We have specialised Music and Drama Centres and a 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. Facilities include a full size and a third size floodlit Astroturf; Sports centre with Climbing Wall, 3 Badminton Courts, 2 Squash Courts and Basketball Court; indoor 25m swimming pool; tennis courts; rugby, football and cricket pitches and a cross country course. For more details view https://www.lordwandsworth.org/school-life/sport

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.

EAL (English as an Additional Language):- Differing levels of support are provided for those pupils whose first language is not English. Students’ grasp of English as well as their future intentions are established once they arrive. Teaching is provided by qualified specialist staff in a supportive environment where diversity is celebrated.

Full, weekly and flexi boarding is available in our 8 boarding houses, each with a mixture of single, double, 3 and 4 bed rooms.

Entrance Requirements

School’s own examinations in Maths, English and Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning plus an interview. Entry into 6th Form: minimum of six Grade 5s at GCSE or the equivalent, ideally with a minimum of a Grade 7 in the subject to be studied at A Level.


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

Open Days

All visits are welcome, please contact the school. Please view https://www.lordwandsworth.org/admissions/visiting-open-events



Juniors: Full Boarding £9,750, Weekly Boarding £9,430, Flexi Boarding (up to 3 nights) £8,260, Day £6,810.

Seniors: Full Boarding £11,100, Weekly Boarding £10,600, Flexi Boarding (up to 3 nights) £9,200, Day £7,820.

Occasional Boarding: £53 per night.


ISI Inspection 2017

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Adam Williams

Contact for enquiries: Mrs M Hicks, Director of Admissions

Lord Wandsworth College
Long Sutton
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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School News

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Having won the Lord Wandsworth College internal round of the public speaking competition; Articulation, Makoto N went forward to represent the College at the regional

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round at Roche Court. Eight other schools from the south west put forward their best candidate. The topics were wide- ranging and highly personal and Makoto’s speech about the artist, Tamara de Lempicka, focussed on his personal responses to this artist’s portraiture of her daughter. Makoto’s themes were, innocence, motherhood and beauty. The speech, based on a portrait of the Lempicka’s daughter, led the Articulate audience on an insightful journey into Makoto’s chosen themes.

Makoto’s speech was erudite and well-constructed.  He spoke with humour, involved his audience, drawing sincere congratulations afterwards from the organisers of the event; “Are you basking in the glory of your success?” said one. The adjudicator was Olivia Warham, the director of “Waging Peace”. She clearly warmed to Makoto’s work. She congratulated Makoto saying that she had “really enjoyed” his speech and there was no doubt that she related to it in a personal level, revealing how closely she could empathise with his themes. She stated that his speech had captured issues of adolescence and what that means to both parent and child, summing up by saying that it had been “really well put across”.

Makoto entirely held his own. When asked if he felt it had all been worth while he immediately affirmed so, and that the runners-up canvas bag was something he was keen to acquisition, ever since attending the Articulate conference in the Lower 6th!

Olivia G (a close runner up in the LWC internal Articulate round) and Evie R, a fellow A Level artist, elected to come to the event to support Makoto. These three have been unassuming, and enthusiastically committed to Articulate, thereby enriching their own personal creative journeys; we are really proud of them.

Mrs Stevens, Art department

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It has been an incredibly busy few months for some of our pupils as they rehearsed for their production of ‘Grease’, celebrating 40 years of

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this iconic musical.  A fifty strong cast and crew went on to wow their audiences with four shows over three days. They were spectacular performances, packed full of energy, team-work and above all talent.

For many Grease is a timeless classic, full of unforgettable tunes and catchy phrases.  We can see ourselves in at least one of the characters; it somehow resonates with us.  It is a musical about identity, belonging and dreams and one that was brought to life brilliantly by all those taking part.

It was not without its challenges however as on the evening of the final performance the weather had turned treacherous. As the snow fell thick and fast, the cast and crew had their last minute run through, some having walked in to LWC from Crondall! Like true professionals, they put aside their disappointment that some family and friends were unable to reach them, many stranded in the snow and put on an outstanding final show.  The atmosphere was electric with superb support from the audience which saw them all dancing in the aisles along with the cast to ‘Greased Lightin’ and ‘We go Together’ with plenty of ‘chang chang changitty chang sha-bop’ and ‘yippity boom de boom’ to go with it!

Mrs Vic Allan, our Head of Performing Arts, commented, ‘the show was such a special experience.  We had a full cast, however we only had half a band and 50% of the tech crew but the show went on! It was just amazing!’

Our Musical Director, Ms Lauren Griffin said, ‘it’s been a pleasure to work with the cast on Grease, and all our efforts over the past few months came alive. A truly memorable, rewarding experience for all those involved, and a proud moment for Performing Arts at LWC.’

Band members included Alex Canadine on guitar,  Lizzie Kirk and past pupil Alex Good on sax, Charles Withall on bass, our very own Mr Parker on drums and Ms Griffin on piano.

It really was LWC community spirit at its finest and an incredible event not to be forgotten.  Thanks to our wonderful house parents who kindly hosted some of our stranded guests overnight in the boarding houses.

Photography credit: Seb Allan

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Dianyi Y was invited to take part in the UKMT Maths Olympiad Maclaurin round which is only open to the 500 best performing students on the

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Intermediate Maths Challenge paper.  Dianyi achieved a Certificate of Distinction and was awarded a gold medal and a book for excellence.  This places Dianyi in the top 50 students in his age category in the UK, a true accolade.  Well done, Dianyi!

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A team of 23 pupils and 12 staff took part in Race to the Beach. The conditions were incredibly tough, in 30

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degree heat, but everyone performed brilliantly. The adventure made use of the brand new Shipwright’s Way, a National Trail which almost links LWC with the beach at Hayling Island. Students and staff ran the 52-mile trail as a relay team.

A team of cyclists, led by the Bursar, also set a challenge to cycle from Hayling Island to the College and back before the runners arrived – a gruelling 110-mile slog – and a narrow victory!

Students and staff raised a fantastic amount for several charities including robbiesrally, SSAFA  and CRY.



A brilliant example of pupil initiative, Amy P, Lower 6th, wrote, cast and directed her first play entitled ‘Books, DVD and a Dance.’  The production was a resounding success and all 3rd and 4th Form pupils involved worked incredibly hard and had an amazing experience.

Amy raised funds towards the cost of her conservation research Operation Wallacea Trip to Indonesia this summer.



Two 4th Form teams combined their Science and Foreign Language skills to take part in the International Space Challenge 2018. This event highlights the importance of languages in a science-based career, where there is so much international collaboration. Pupils built a model of a space hotel, gave a presentation on the design and engineering, wrote a tweet and presented their marketing plan in French/Spanish!



3rd Form Historians visited the WW1 Battlefields of France and Belgium. The trip began in Ypres, moving to the Somme where they walked in the footsteps of those that went over the top on 1st July 1916. Some pupils were able to visit memorials of their own relatives who had fallen in the war.

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On Saturday 9th June, a group of our 1st and 2nd Form pupils slept in a ‘cardboard city’ in the school grounds to generate awareness

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of homelessness and raise funds for the Aldershot charity, Step by Step.

Their evening included burger and snack making, followed by a bbq with stories round the camp fire but at 11pm it was ‘lights out’ to sleep on the cold, damp field. Whilst they had a few home-comforts, the event was supporting a serious issue, and the idea was to give up their beds for the night, sleeping on a hard floor, to raise money for those who don’t have the luxury of a bed. 1 in 100 young people in the UK are expected to experience homelessness and this shocking figure is something Step by Step are working hard to help change.

So far LWC pupils have raised £1156 which is double the amount last year’s event raised. Adam Williams said, “we are really proud of all those who took part to support this great cause. LWC pupils wanted to complete this challenge for the second year running and raise much needed funds for Step by Step who help around 2000 young people every year.”

For more information about the fantastic work done by Step by Step: https://www.stepbystep.org.uk/

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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

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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)


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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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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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