Lord Wandsworth College


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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 399 (Boys) 241 (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

2019. If you would like to attend an Open Event, please contact us beforehand to reserve your place. Our next open events are:

13+ Entry Open Mornings: Tues. 15th October and Tues. 12th November, both at 9am.

11+ Entry Open Mornings: Thurs. 26th September, Tues. 12th November and Wed. 27th November, all at 9am.

Our Open Mornings include a talk from the Headmaster and a tour of the College. Our 11+ Open Morning welcomes you to Junior House (boarding house for Years 7 & 8). Our 13+ Open Morning includes a visit to a senior boarding house (Years 9 - 13) during the tour of the College.



Juniors: Full Boarding £10,145, Weekly Boarding £9,800, Flexi Boarding (up to 3 nights) £8,670, Day £7,080.

Seniors: Full Boarding £11,550, Weekly Boarding £11,000, Flexi Boarding (up to 3 nights) £9,660, Day £8,130.

Occasional Boarding: £55 per night.


ISI Inspection 2017

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Adam Williams

Contact for enquiries: Mr Peter German, Director of Admissions

Lord Wandsworth College
Long Sutton
RG29 1TB

[t]: 01256 862201
[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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What is LWC’s Parental Engagement Programme (PEP)

Most schools involve parents via reports, emails, parents’ evenings and newsletters; all-important in their own right.  However, it is engagement that has

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produced the greatest effects on student outcomes, whether related to academic results, future salary, higher life expectancy, better mental health or enhanced parent-child relationships.

A rarity in UK schools, authentic engagement involves the school and parents working closely together to develop a common understanding about what great development looks and feels like for our children.

At LWC our programme focuses on sharing accessible, practical, research-informed strategies with all parents.  The visiting speakers involved in the PEP are all engaged, or will be, in working with staff, students or both at other times during the school year.  This focus on developing sustainable relationships enables us – the team around each young person – to develop greater shared understanding.  In time, this leads to a more coherent and effective culture around each child and a greater chance of accessing the better outcomes outlined above.

The organisation and planning of the programme is aided by a group of parents who I routinely meet with to help steer its development.  Alongside putting together the events, the team is also in the process of designing a toolkit for parents.  Far from being a silver bullet for parenting (we wish!), the toolkit will focus on a range of different topics.

As a community passionate about working with young people in a manner that will develop their character, we hope the document can then provide advice on having certain conversations and how to tackle commonly identified scenarios.  We expect the toolkit to be available from December 2019.

The PEP itself consists of a series of ‘Seminars’, ‘Working Suppers’ and ‘Working Brunches’.  The seminars are shorter sessions of around 75 minutes in duration, including questions.  The suppers and brunches are slightly different; they involve input by the external speaker sandwiched in between opportunities for tables to eat and converse, where conversations are focussed on exploring themes to develop character that have been raised by the speaker.

Alex Battison

Senior Deputy Head

Lord Wandsworth College independent day and boarding school Hampshire

Lord Wandsworth College pupils have been celebrating record-breaking exam success with their GCSEs, with nearly 87% of all grades awarded at 9-5, 53% of

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grades at 9-7 and a 94% pass rate, bursting past all academic records of the years before.  This is set within the framework of continuing transformational investment on the 1200 acre campus, as well as recent national recognition and awards for mental health and wellbeing initiatives and Outreach within the community.

With an inspirational new Science Centre ready by 2021 and the STEAM subjects continuing to flourish at LWC (90% of all grades achieved at 9-5 across the Sciences and Art), it is a joy to see Arts, Humanities and creativity also shining –  English, History, Religious Studies, Latin and Music, with many nearing a 100% 9-5 score.

Amid a landscape of the national press claiming that grade 9s would be elusive, huge congratulations, in particular, go to Michael Clark (10 grade 9s), Jack Henry (9 grade 9s) Harvey Wilson and Hugo Donnelly (7 grade 9s). 15% of the pupils achieved straight 9 to 7 grades, winning 6th Form academic scholarships at LWC.

Headmaster, Adam Williams, said, “our GCSE pupils have set the bar incredibly high this year with a superb work ethic, academic curiosity, and a sense of enjoyment and creativity, being inspired to explore beyond the boundaries of their subjects.  Their ability to identify connections and interrelationships will be invaluable as they take on the challenges of A Levels”.

Lord Wandsworth College independent day and boarding school Hampshire

The world beyond school for the teenagers of today can be volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, but even within this demanding global backdrop, Lord Wandsworth

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College pupils and staff have revelled in the challenges of the A Level landscape.  There were many outstanding stories, with over 30% of results being graded A*-A and nearly 63% graded A*-B, comparable with the consistently strong results over the past few years. The pass rate was 98%. The year group further achieved an almost clean sweep of A* and A grades in their Extended Project Qualification as they took and applied their subject knowledge to university degree level.

After the successes of Geography, French, Psychology, Design and Business Studies in 2018, it was the turn of Art, English, French, Latin and Economics to flourish, in particular, this academic year. These achievements are within the context of record investment in pupils and facilities (with a state-of the art Dining Hall completed and an £8m Science Centre now under construction), record demand for places and pupil numbers, not to mention national recognition this year with awards in Mental Health and Wellbeing initiatives as well as Outreach within the Community.

On an individual level, huge congratulations, in particular, go to Amy McGeoch, who achieved 3A*s,  Alvin Boateng A*, A, A (and a place at Oxford University to read Law and French Law)  as well as Martha Jacobs,  George McKenna, Sam Thorne, James Young, Tom Adlam, Ellie Davis, Jack Griffin, Ruby Hughes, Soohyuk Jeoung and Ben Reeves, all of whom achieved a raft of A* and A grades.

Headmaster, Adam Williams, said, “it is wonderful to see our pupils flourishing in subjects which require creativity, emotional intelligence and the courage to converse in other languages. As the national exam landscape seems to narrow ever further, our pupils continue to keep their choices broad, interconnected and collaborative – essential 21st century skills to embrace. They continue to be supported by inspirational teachers too, who strive constantly for new and innovative ways to deliver the joy of their subjects.”


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Students from around the nation gathered for the Open Schools Coding Competition (OSCC) to discover the power of Open Source, Coding and Collaboration.

44 schools

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and 1700 students were involved in the competition to create an app to raise awareness for a charity.  The final took place at the University of Surrey with competitors from 10 schools taking part in a variety of exciting coding activities and the chance to talk about their product with industry professionals.

A team of four girls from Lord Wandsworth College came first in the competition.  Congratulations go to Lottie E, Anastasia B, Issy R and Ella C.

They chose to support First Touch, a charity that supports parents of premature babies by giving advice and support.  The app that they created will be adopted by First Touch and in time could be uploaded to the App Store/Play Store.

Red Hat offered “Hearty congratulations to the winning team of the Open Schools Coding Competition this week – ‘001’ from Lord Wandsworth College – who showed impressive collaboration + documentation behind their multi-faceted, polished app for First Touch.  Not to mention a fab team name!”

The competition has become increasingly popular thanks to the efforts of Chris Millington at Lord Wandsworth College and the support of Red Hat, University Of Surrey, and Samaritans.

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On Thursday 6 June Robin Pyper, Houseparent of Sutton, undertook the daunting D-Day 44 Challenge, a 44 mile ultra-marathon along the Normandy coastline. This gruelling

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race was set up by Lt Col Mike McErlain, a trauma spine surgeon in the British Army, with the help of family members, in memory of the sacrifices made by soldiers on 6 June 1944.

Mike tragically died of a heart attack in 2013 whilst taking part in the run. At the time he was raising money for BLESMA, a military charity for limbless veterans. Last year his wife Jo relaunched the event and 2019 sees the second year of its running since its reinstatement.

This challenge holds particular significance for Mr Pyper – and in fact all of the LWC community – as Mike and Jo’s eldest son, Paris, is in Sutton House. Lucius, their youngest son, is due to join Sutton in September 2019.

Training up until the race had been as expected for Mr Pyper who said he would have liked to have done more, but balancing work, family life with two young children and training had not been easy. He ran a 32 mile ultra-marathon in the Brecon Beacons at the beginning of May, in just 7 hours as part of his training!

The D-Day 44 Challenge is intended to be 44 miles, but ended up as 47 miles because Omaha Beach had been closed for Donald Trump’s visit.  Runners had to detour inland but Mr Pyper ran it in a time of just 10 hours 49 minutes and incredibly finished 1st!

Robin commented:

“it was a truly humbling experience running through the D-Day celebrations, including running past some D-Day veterans. It was incredible to see Paris and his Mum at the end to congratulate me!”

Robin has so far raised £2,700 and continues to raise money for the same charity Mike McErlain originally ran for, BLESMA. The link to Robin’s Just Giving page is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/robin-pyper2

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Lord Wandsworth College are delighted to have been awarded the Boarding Schools’ Association Wellbeing & Mental Health Initiative Award 2019.

The College has been recognised

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at a national level for the development of an extensive programme of initiatives to ensure the wellbeing and mental health of their pupils.

The Wellbeing Mental Health Initiative Award celebrates schools that have embedded initiatives that provide supportive environments and programmes that enhance self-esteem, strengthen the school community, and activities that promote healthy choices.

Headmaster, Adam Williams, responded, “This recognition spurs us on to enhance further what we do for our pupils. The well-being of our pupils in this challenging era of growing up is everyone’s responsibility.  My thanks go out to the whole staff at Lord Wandsworth College and to our parents for their support.”

Alex Battison, Senior Deputy Head, added, “We are very proud of the team at LWC for winning the ‘Wellbeing & Mental Health Initiative’ category at the national BSA awards.  It is reflective of amazing individual practice from so many dedicated colleagues and inspiring team work”.

Lord Wandsworth College was also one of three top schools in the UK shortlisted for the BSA Working with Vulnerable Children Award in recognition of the incredible work of the Foundation in providing a safe and caring boarding environment for children who have lost the support of one or both parents through death, divorce or separation.

(Pictured: Mrs Kate Cuff, Head of Boarding at LWC and Mr Adam Williams, Headmaster)

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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

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.”

Lord Wandsworth Independent Hampshire Charity Touch Rugby

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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