St Lawrence College


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Christian
  • Roll: 349 (Boys) 298 (Girls)
  • Founded: 1879


St Lawrence College is the only High Performance Learning World Class School in Kent and one of only 14 globally. This safe and caring school on the Kent coast is set in 45 acres of stunning grounds. Cutting-edge facilities and state-of-the-art architecture exist happily alongside the more traditional and very fine late nineteenth century buildings. Facilities include a Historic Dining Hall, Chapel, Library and newly opened Specialist Science, Art and Design Technology Centre.

Music, drama and the arts flourish, enhanced by the school’s 500-seat theatre, and there are many opportunities for pupils to perform. All pupils benefit from an extensive activities programme which includes the Combined Cadet Force and a thriving Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, as well as chess, archery, golf, fencing, football, sailing, horse riding and swimming.

Sporting facilities are exceptional with a water-based Astro Pitch; Heated Indoor Swimming Pool; Floodlit Astroturfs; Tennis, Netball, Basketball, Badminton and Squash Courts, Cricket Pitches and Nets, Rugby and Football Pitches, Grass Athletics Track. The large Sports Complex houses a Fitness Centre, Dance Studio and Indoor Climbing Wall and facilities for Indoor Hockey and Trampolining.

In recent years, a massive programme of investment has created some truly remarkable facilities for boarders, and all rooms are en-suite. A wide range of evening and weekend activities is provided for boarders and additional events and fun day trips are organised. Exeat weekends are optional.

St Lawrence welcomes pupils from all around the world. Around 30% of the student population comes from outside the UK, including those from Europe, Africa and Asia, making around 30 different nationalities in total. Overseas boarders participate fully in the academic and pastoral life of the school. There is a dedicated EAL Centre for those students who need additional English support, with a focus on full integration in mainstream lessons.

Open Days

2020. All visits are welcome, please contact the school.



Day fees. Reception - Year 6: £2,615 - £4,090 per term. Years 7 – 11: £5,250 per term. Years 12 & 13: £5,415 per term.

Boarding fees. Years 3 - 6: £9,255 per term. Years 7 & 8: £10,295 per term. Years 9 - 13: £12,303 per term.

English as an Additional Language (EAL) charges of £435 per term apply from Year 10 to Upper Sixth Form.

Parents whose employment with the Ministry of Defence qualifies them for the CEA (Continuity of Education Allowance) pay, just 10% of the boarding fee.


ISI Inspection 2018
ISI Senior School Inspection 2015
ISI Junior School Inspection 2015

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Principal of the College: Mr Antony Spencer

St Lawrence College
College Road
CT11 7AE

[t]: General Enquiries: +44 (0)1843 808080 Admissions: +44 (0)1843 572931

Location Description

Located in Ramsgate, within easy walking distance of the sea and town, the school is set in a safe, spacious campus of 45 acres.

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School News

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The Governing Body of St Lawrence College is delighted to announce the appointment of Barney Durrant to replace Antony Spencer as Head of St Lawrence

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College, with effect from 16 April 2020.

Chairman Mike Bolton said: “We have undertaken an extensive search over recent months, both in the UK and internationally, which generated a very strong candidate field.Following a rigorous selection process, Barney emerged as the unanimous choice of the Governing Body, which is testament to the strength and calibre of his candidacy and the clarity and coherency of his vision for the future of the College.

Barney takes the helm of a school that is in great heart, with numbers rising and with our growing reputation both academically and as a sporting centre of excellence.We are extremely confident that, with the support of our outstanding senior leadership team, teaching and support staff, Barney can build upon the momentum gained in recent years and lead St Lawrence into the next exciting chapter of our history.”

As an Independent School boarder himself from the age of seven, Barney has a wealth of experience of the Sector.He studied Geography at University College London, before completing his Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Cambridge.

He has just completed a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Nottingham and is also a very talented sportsman; holding an Athletics Blue from Cambridge and both playing and coaching Rugby to a high level. In his spare time he regularly competes in triathlon and cycling endurance events.

Barney is currently Principal Deputy Head at Harrow International School Hong Kong, where he has served for 7 years.Prior to that, he was at Stowe School, Buckingham for 14 years, where he was Head of Geography before becoming a Housemaster.

Barney is looking forward to taking up the role and said:

“Being appointed as Head of St Lawrence College is both a privilege and an incredibly exciting opportunity. The School has a rich history and a reputation for excellence, but it also has great potential for the future and I am delighted to be leading St Lawrence in its next phase and building on the excellent work of Antony Spencer.

The special atmosphere at St Lawrence is tangible and there is no doubt that the Christian values, boarding ethos, all-through nature of the school and focus on the individual contribute to a feeling of care and compassion – my family and I are very much looking forward to joining this special community in April.”

Barney, his wife Charlie and their three children William, Freddie and Alexa will be joining the St Lawrence community during the Easter holidays in 2020.

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This concert was a truly wonderful occasion, showcasing many of the school’s ensembles and some talented soloists.

The orchestra gave polished performances of music from the

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Baroque to the present day, including a moving rendition of ‘Cinema Paradiso’ by Morricone. Amelia, Eugenie, Annabelle and Kalina all impressed us with their solos on flute, violin, piano and voice respectively. George and his band gave us a song by the Arctic Monkeys as well as one written by George himself. The Jazz Band had us all tapping our toes with ‘Blue Bossa’ and ‘Take the A Train’, featuring some skilful improvisations from Zofia and Thomas and some adept drumming from Joshua. Amara and Lauren gave a heartfelt performance of ‘Say Something’ before the SLC Rock Band turned up the heat with impressive performances of ‘Roar’ by Katy Perry and ‘Shotgun’ by George Ezra. Finally, the Kirby Choir sang a medley of songs which were performed at Disneyland, showing that they have reached a very high standard of singing in recent months.

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History has once again been made by the young hockey players at St Lawrence College. Only a week after the 1stXI finished 3rd in the

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National Independent School Cup the U16s have qualified for the National Cup semi-finals.

The boys had already exceeded expectations by reaching the quarter-final where they came up against an extremely tough Stamford side. With the game being played on the final afternoon of school before the Easter break, there was a bumper crowd to watch this historic match. A nervous St Lawrence side started slowly but gradually grew into the game. Eventually the deadlock was broken buy a precise Ben drag flick, which seemed to fill the home side with confidence. After this St Lawrence began to dominate the game, going two goals further ahead through another Ben drag flick and a poacher’s goal from Luca. Stamford did cause a nervy finish by scoring a goal but could not capitalise on some late pressure. Eventually SLC came out 3-1 winners securing a semi-final berth and more history for the College.

Tomorrow, the boys will play their semi-final at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre versus a tough Repton side. Whatever happens the boys have done themselves and the college proud. Good luck boys!

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St Lawrence College had the enormous privilege of welcoming the Band of the Household Cavalry to the school for the day on 1 May.

Fitting us

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into their schedule of playing for the Heads of the Commonwealth on The Mall, and for the changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle, the Band spent the whole day in school running workshops and performing.

In the morning, part of the band appeared as the funky ‘Loosebox Brass’ and wowed Junior School pupils. In the afternoon some of the instrumentalists from the Senior School had a workshop in which they played a variety of pieces alongside the band.

To end the day, the whole school assembled in Taylor Hall for an amazing concert. Wearing their distinctive Blue and Red uniforms (a result of the Band being comprised of members of the Blues and Royals and the Lifeguards) the Band played a fantastic mix of show tunes, a Michael Jackson Medley and much more. Head Girl and talented oboist, Eizabeth, had the honour of playing for the whole concert, as part of the professional Band.

It was a truly unforgettable day and we are hugely grateful to the Band and especially Band Master, Ben Ruffer. We’ll be watching out for members of the Band who will be playing the fanfares at the Royal Wedding!

James Woodhall, Director of Music

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