Lucton School


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Christian
  • Roll: 167 (Boys) 138 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 0 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1708

General Information

Set in historic buildings and idyllic countryside,we build on our 300 year heritage and traditions to provide a stimulating and forward-looking environment. When Lucton pupils finally leave our gates, they are well grounded, firmly rooted in sound moral principles with an understanding of their cultural past, yet equipped to meet the modern world and all its challenges.


Historic and modern buildings within 40 acres of grounds, playing fields, tennis courts, indoor swimming pool and sports hall. Lucton Equestrian Centre includes an Olympic size (60m x 40m) all-weather arena, 40m x 20m arena, Lunge arena and 14 loose boxes. Separate Nursery and Preparatory School within the grounds.

Boarding is central to life at Lucton. Live-in houseparents have their own children at the school and there is a very real family atmosphere within the boarding community. There are common rooms for relaxing, a newly- refurbished café to prepare simple snacks, access to the swimming pool and sports facilities as well as action-packed weekends!

Extra curricular activities range from CCF and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme to gardening, cookery, speech & drama, science club, rambling, fencing, chess, ICT, film club, chess and debating.

Entrance Requirements

11+: School Entrance Examination (Mathematics, English, Verbal Reasoning). Year 3 - Year 6: School Entrance Examination and informal assessment. Reception - Year 2: Informal assessment


Academic, Sports, Art and Music. Pierrepoint Scholarship for local pupils.

Open Days

2019. Individual Visits: You are welcome to visit us for a tour of the School and a meeting with the Headmistress. If you would like to arrange a visit please contact Nicola Castanet or Alex Pudge on 01568 782 000 or


2018/2019. Reception - Year 2: £2350 per term. Years 3-13: Day fees £3300 - £4575 per term, Boarding: £9295 - £10,625 per term, Weekly Boarding: £7500 - £8825 per term.

Lucton offers its own Services Boarding Package. Please contact the Registrar for details.


ISI Inspection 2013
ISI Boarding Inspection 2016
ISI EYFS Inspection 2016

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs G Thorne

Contact for enquiries: Miss Helen Wall, Registrar

Lucton School
HR6 9PN, United Kingdom

[t]: 01568 782000
[f]: 01568 782001

Location Description

Lucton is situated in the beautiful countryside of North Herefordshire, with glorious views over to the Brecons and Black Mountains. Our campus is rural but within easy reach of our local towns, Leominster, Ludlow and Hereford. School buses are available to transport day pupils from all corners of Herefordshire, as well as the nearer parts of Shropshire, Worcestershire and Powys. We are able to meet international flights at Birmingham and London airports.

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School News

Lucton independent day and boarding school Herefordshire and Shanghai

Lucton School has joined a select group of UK schools following the opening of Lucton School Shanghai.  Lucton’s Headmistress, Mrs Thorne, the Chairman of trustees,

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Dr Tony Paterson, and Vice-Chairman, Peter Morris, along with Lucton’s Bursar, Mr Thorne, who manages Lucton’s overseas developments, were in Shanghai to be part of the opening celebrations.

The opening ceremony included praise and support for the new school from John Edwards, the British Consul-General of Shanghai. The new purpose-built campus is designed to take 300 full boarding pupils and is situated just a few miles from Shanghai International Airport. This is Lucton’s first overseas senior campus. Lucton School already has a presence in Shanghai, having opened Lucton Kindergarten Shanghai in January 2018, with a second Kindergarten already set to open in March 2019.

All of these developments do not just raise Lucton School’s international profile, but represent great news for Herefordshire and UK Education in general.

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A level pupils at Lucton School celebrate another year of excellent exam results and Head of Sixth Form, John Goode, praised his pupils’ success, saying,

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“I am absolutely delighted. Our pupils have worked so hard and can now look forward confidently to continuing in their chosen fields of study.”

With just under 20 candidates, this year’s cohort achieved results that were well ahead of their predicted grades. Ben Davies, Lucton’s Head Boy, who has been at the school for 11 years, achieved A*AA, and he was one of three candidates who achieved nothing less than an A grade.

Apart from the majority leaving for university, two of Lucton’s leavers are going on to Veterinary Care and RAF IT apprenticeships.

Lucton Sixth Form has nearly 50 day and boarding pupils and Headmistress, Gill Thorne, credits Lucton’s ability to ensure students reach the best university possible, to the fact that the school is able to personalise programmes of study and tuition, tailoring these to individual students. Coupled with outstanding teaching, Lucton provides a fantastic Sixth Form education and environment and it is ideal preparation for the demands of university life.

Photo: Ben Davies, Lucton’s Head Boy, who has been at the school for 11 years, is delighted to have achieved A*AA, before taking up his first choice university place at Warwick to study Physics.

The emphasis in our Summer School is on the provision of high quality English teaching delivered by our well-qualified staff preparing students for the Trinity

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College London Integrated Skills in English examinations.

We offer two Summer Schools:

Junior Summer School – for pupils aged 7 to 12

Senior Summer School – for pupils aged 13 to 17


Both courses:

Offer 25 hours of tuition a week a maximum of 10 students in a class

Give students a full academic report and a certificate of attendance

Place students in classes according to their age and ability

Offer excellent staff supervision and pastoral care

In addition, there is a strong emphasis on other academic courses. We use all Lucton School’s excellent facilities including:

A 25m indoor swimming pool

An on-site equestrian centre

Science laboratories

Sports hall

Tennis courts

IT suites

Trips to sites of interest, sports and fun entertainment provide a balance.

The Summer School courses are small and friendly. Our own term-time teachers and pastoral staff work on these courses providing 24 hour care appropriate to the students’ ages and needs. We are always there to help students when they require support and to provide a secure and safe environment.

Download the 2017 Lucton Summer School brochure.

Telephone Alex Pudge, Lucton’s Registrar, on +44 1568 782000 or email


Lucton School celebrates another year of excellent GCSE and A level exam results.

Almost half of all A levels taken achieved A* – B grades with

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three quarters at A* to C.

Almost half of all GCSE exams were graded A*or A, significantly above the national average, with three-quarters of the students completing their GCSEs achieving 5 A* to C grades including English and Maths.

Head of Sixth Form, John Goode, praised his pupils’ success, saying, “I am absolutely delighted. Our pupils have worked so hard and most are now heading to their first choice university, many to top Russell Group universities.”

Lucton’s Headmistress, Mrs Gill Thorne, is delighted by the results. “Being a mixed ability school, we are used to variable results, but any school would be proud of these grades. Again, I am particularly pleased with Lucton’s performance in the sciences. We have a 100% pass rate in the separate sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and 72% of these results were either A* or A grades. These are subjects that universities value particularly highly and the statistics are quite remarkable, also, for the third year running, Chemistry achieved 100% A* to B.”

Lucton School and Sixth Form is home to around 350 pupils and the Headmistress, Mrs Gill Thorne, credits Lucton’s exam success to its size, stating, “We are able to personalise programmes of study and tuition, tailoring these to each student and coupled with outstanding teaching, means that Lucton provides an excellent education.”

Building even further on the successes of recent years, 50% of all exams taken were A* or A grades, significantly above the national average. Also,

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91.3% of the students completing their GCSEs achieved 5 A* to C grades.

Lucton’s Headmistress, Mrs Gill Thorne, is delighted by the results. “Any school would be proud of these grades. I am particularly pleased with the consistency of our top grades and yet again, I am extremely proud of Lucton’s performance in the sciences. We have a 100% pass rate in the separate sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and 67% of these results were either A* or A grades. These are subjects that universities value particularly highly and the statistics are quite remarkable, also, for the second year running, Chemistry achieved 100% A* to B.”

Lucton School pupils have also achieved excellent value-added scores. The results of this cohort fully endorse Lucton’s ambition to enable every pupil to achieve their full potential.

For more information about Lucton School or to arrange a visit, call 01568 78200 or email


Photo: 59 A* and A grades between the five of them! L to R: Eve Mackley, James Goodman, Aidan Berry, Josh Gladwin and Andrew Niblett.


A level pupils at Lucton School celebrated another year of excellent exam results.

A third of all A levels taken achieved A*- A grades with over

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three-quarters at A* to C and an overall pass rate of 100%.

Head Of Sixth Form, John Goode, praised his pupils’ success, saying, “I am absolutely delighted. Our pupils have worked so hard and most are now heading to their first choice university, many to top Russell Group universities.”

Examples of excellent performances include: Clarissa Simpson (on left in the photo), who achieved 3 As in Chemistry, Physics and Maths, as well as an A Grade in AS Further Mathematics – she will now study Chemistry at Bristol University;  Vinci Yu having gained A*, A, A, B grades and who will now go to Durham University. Year 12 results were also very pleasing, with Rosie Oatham and her twin sister, Alice, both achieving 4 A grades as AS level.

Lucton Sixth Form is home to around 60 pupils and Headmistress, Gill Thorne credits Lucton’s exam success to its size, stating, “We are able to personalise programmes of study and tuition, tailoring these to each student and coupled with outstanding teaching, Lucton provides the best possible Sixth Form education and is ideal preparation for the demands of university.”


Photo: Smiles at Lucton over excellent A level results.

Lucton School crowned champions at the National First Aid Competition held at York on Saturday 13th September.

Against strong competition, Lucton School’s CCF First Aid Team

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conducted themselves with poise and purpose in a range of medical scenarios, winning the top place as CCF National First Aid Champions. General Lillywhite presented Lucton School team with the National First place trophy (the shield) and their National First Aid Colours.

The weekend also hosted the national finals for all the military cadets, which included the CCF, the Sea Cadets, Army Cadets (ACF) and the Air Training Corps (ATC). By scoring more points than any other team on the day, Lucton went on to collect the overall National Cadet Team prize, named the London Cup.

Lucton’s CCF team had beaten 44 national finalists from across the cadet movement. Lucton’s Commanding Officer, Major Paul Howl, said, “This was a tremendous achievement, scoring more points than any team, especially when all the teams present had already shown considerable ability by winning through their own regional heats. All four cadet movements make up of a total of over 3,000 units!”

Colonel Sharkey, Chairman of the National First Aid panel, congratulated Lucton’s Commanding Officer, Major Paul Howl afterwards and went on to mention his thanks to Lucton as a CCF unit that has completely raised the standards, for all to follow.

Cadets at Lucton receive comprehensive training, ranging from first aid, adventure training to map and compass skills. The overall aim is to develop teamwork, self-reliance, confidence and leadership skills.

Lady Darnley, the Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire, is understandably pleased. “As Lord-Lieutenant I much enjoy my involvement with all the County’s Cadet Forces, and I am very impressed by the success of this Lucton School Team. I appreciate that reaching the national finals is a great achievement in itself, and I am really delighted that Lucton has brought both of these national trophies to Herefordshire. Many congratulations to them and to their instructors.”

Lucton School is hosting an Open Evening on Thursday 2nd October from 4.30pm. For more information call 01568 78200 or email


Photo: Lt Gen Lillywhite with Lucton School – winners of the CCF trophy and overall best team. Lucton School’s CCF First Aid Team: Cadet Lance Corporal Anna Paterson, Cadet Corporal Henry McNab, Cadet Lance Corporal Jessica Bemand, Cadet Lance Corporal Ellie-Mae Davies-Bufton.

Lucton School pupil, Freddie Powell achieved an impressive third place riding in his first international eventing competition.

The event held in Ireland, was Freddie’s first international

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competition with Great Britain’s under 18s Junior Eventing Team.

A rider with the Lucton School Equestrian team and Ludlow Pony Club, Freddie rode in the CIC1* category against a field of 68 riders from the USA, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia and Ireland.

Freddie finished as the top placed GB rider in the CIC* category and said, “It was a great experience and I’m just over the moon to have come away with a medal. I would like to say a massive thank you to all those sponsors who helped me travel to Ireland and continue to support my training.

Lucton School Equestrian Manager, Emma Coates, praised Freddie’s success saying “To win a medal at your first international competition is a fantastic achievement. Freddie has been riding with us for a number of years and it is wonderful to see how much he has developed.”

Freddie has also been selected for the Wales & Borders Team and will compete in the KBIS U18 Regional Team Championship at Weston Park in October.

Lucton School will host an inter-schools show jumping competition on Saturday 27th September 2014, for more information, call 01568 78200 or email


Photo: Freddie Powell competing with British Eventing team in Ireland

What an excellent performance from the boys! The first half saw Brecon score four tries to our one as their greater match nous meant that

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they scored every opportunity, despite our best efforts in defence. Outstanding throughout the match was Ah Fellows. Up against a much bigger and extremely athletic opponent, Ash never gave an inch, cutting him down in full flight an, on occasion, driving him backwards. In attack, Ash gained meters through a mixture of power and clever running. Alex Vaughan was also inspirational as captain through excellent play, excellent leadership, particularly when we were behind in the first half, and general good captaincy. The team realised that Brecon were not invincible and through grit and determination, we clawed our way back ‘winning the second half, with both teams scoring four tries each – we converted more. Freddie Powell and Mitch Hawthorn really performed well; Freddie tackled with real fire and Mitch ran and supported extremely well. Others deserve a mention but all our boys played magnificently from 1 through to 15. Well done on an excellent performance!

The basketball team headed to Wrekin College recently to do battle against an experienced, well-drilled team, whose impenetrable defence made it difficult for Lucton to

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score. We remained positive and brought speed and energy to the game, even though we had no substitute players. Once again, captain Michael Mak (who remained on court despite sustaining a blood injury at the start of the second half) rallied the boys and they grew more confident and more accurate in their shooting and passing to ensure a respectable score at full time.

The Lucton team is brimming with raw talent and the opportunity to play matches is enabling them to develop a more strategic game that will reap rewards with continued practice and sustained dedication.

There were some notable performances at the Midlands ISA swimming gala recently. A strong team left for Walsall with high hopes of podium finishes and

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we were not disappointed.

At the time of writing we await confirmation on the final positions but with certainty we can say Henry McNab secured 1st place in both breaststroke and freestyle and the Year 8 boys team came 3rd in the medley relay. The senior boys team of Elliott and George Tasker, Connor McLaughlan and Max Dalziel came 2nd in their medley relay, which was all the more impressive when you consider that they swam against sixth formers.

The girls were not to be outdone – with fine individual performances coming from the Year 7s, Tess Mayglothling, Paige Bicker-Caarten, Abigail henry and Sophie Hunt. Special praise must go to Freddie Powell, who swam with a broken finger, typifying the ‘can do’ Lucton spirit that the PE and sports department are trying to engender.

Well done to all!

Jenny smith competed in the British Judo Championships in Sheffield on Saturday.

The overall standard was exceptionally high and Jenny fought with great spirit and determination,

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winning four of her contests. This qualified her for the medal stages but unfortunately she was beaten for the bronze.

Her final result now ranks her fifth in the country. We are looking forward to the Welsh International in Cardiff in October


Hot Shots Netball Club celebrated their ten year anniversary with an open netball competition for Year 7 and 8 girls. The tournament

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took place at Ludlow with teams from Ludlow High School, Lacon Childe School, Moor Park School, Hot shots club team and Lucton. Lucton girls managed to come second in the Year 7 league and third in the Year 8 league – so medals and certificates all round. Well done girls!

The Lucton team, captained by Emily Denson, put on an excellent show of good skill and determination to win their first match against Aylestone High School by 2 goals to 1. The shooters, Taylor and Serena, were on target and the flow of the game was even and steady. The win set the team up for the next match against John Masefield High and the girls were in high spirits and purposeful in their resolve to win. Lucton’s defence, of Amy, Rebecca and Jenny, rallied time and again to keep the ball in the attacking third. Strong centre court play from Emily and Ellie helped Lucton keep ahead of the opposition and Lucton were the victors for a second time. The next match against John Kyrle High was a battle which we eventually lost, putting us out of the final. Well done girls, for playing with such persistence and never giving up.

Our CCF competed in the cadet forces National First Aid Competition at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Army cadets, air cadets, sea cadets and St

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John cadets tackled a huge range of demanding scenarios both as individuals and as teams.
The team test was particularly challenging as casualties were briefed to distract the teams from their tasks of giving first aid, and dealing with the whole incident.
Lucton’s team comprised Cadet Cpl George Tasker, Cadet Lcpl Liberty Perry and Cadet Lcpl Serena Reid, captained by Cadet Sgt Iona Reid. They did not come home with any trophies this time, but winning their National Colours for First Aid at Sandhurst is something to remember!

From whittling to marshmallows! It might be thought that this is a great leap but, I assure you it is natural. What more could you

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want to do with a whittled stick than toast marshmallows on a camp fire? After spotting and then a (long) discussion of various mushrooms, the Year 3 children finally learned how to lay a fire and that there are such things as ‘green’ firelighters.
We are not at the stage of rubbing sticks together yet but, fire safety was certainly at the forefront of the sessions – that is until we learned that a marshmallow can be roasted at least three times! I do believe it will become a tradition. On the following day, the rain nearly put paid to any fire for Year 2 but, with avid searching, dry material was found and the roasting method passed on. If you have a chance to go yourself during the holidays, just remember to make sure that you have the fire in a safe place and that it is put out completely before you leave.

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