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Welcome to St Lawrence College

St Lawrence College provides a first class education for boys and girls from 3 to 18 years. Located in Ramsgate within easy walking distance of the sea, the school is set in a safe, spacious campus housing 500 day and boarding pupils from local, UK and international families.

We ensure pupils attain their personal best academically, whilst preparing them for life in a rapidly changing global society. Modern facilities combined with traditional values based on our Christian roots draw out the talents of each pupil. Strong pastoral care, high quality teaching and a great emphasis on extra-curricular activity make this a very special community in which to live and learn.

Enjoy the website which will give you a taste of school life; even better, visit us and meet our best asset - the pupils themselves!

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The Junior School

I hope you find this website an informative and appealing first glance at our school.

At St Lawrence College Junior School, we are very conscious of our well-established aim: to offer a supportive, caring environment, based on traditional Christian values, where children are given every opportunity to fulfil their potential. Whilst our heads are focused on success in the 11+ Kent Test, in our hearts we value education in its truest sense: a rich, creative experience through which children develop a love of learning and are equipped for the challenge of a rapidly changing world.

Expectations are high, but realistic and open-minded, and a dedicated team of teachers aims to bring out the best in everyone. Both in and outside the classroom, pupils are provided with a wide range of experiences to enhance their learning, into which they enter with boundless enthusiasm.

As members of the wider College community, our children get the best of both worlds: the peace and security of a self-contained, family environment, along with access to the Senior School's spacious grounds and exceptional facilities. In the last two years, the new Sports Centre and Theatre have added significantly to the opportunities available to the whole College family. It is an exciting time for us all.

St Lawrence College Junior School is a remarkable school. If your only experience of it is a glimpse of this website, I urge you to pay us a visit. You are guaranteed a warm welcome and to feel immediately at home. I look forward to meeting you and to showing you how SLCJS can make a difference for your child.

SIMON J E WHITTLE, BA (Hons), PGCE, IAPS
Head of the Junior School

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The Senior School

I regard it a considerable privilege to lead a school with the distinguished history of St Lawrence College. It has a long record of providing an excellent academic education within a supportive community, but is also modern in its outlook and very well suited to preparing pupils for a rapidly changing world.

You will find on this website many attractive pictures, showing the blend of beautiful historic buildings and state of the art boarding and classroom facilities, which together make St Lawrence one of the finest schools in the country. I would ask though that you judge the school not just on its facilities, or its excellent academic results, but on the attitudes and behaviour of our pupils. They find St Lawrence to be a very happy and caring community, a place which gives them the space to develop their individual talents, but also one that seeks to promote the essential attributes of confidence, teamwork and service.

As a co-educational boarding and day school, St Lawrence welcomes pupils from all around the world to benefit from the best of the British educational system. This diversity makes the school a cosmopolitan and vibrant place, where pupils leave us prepared for the challenges of the globalised world of work and study. They are well served in this by very committed staff who care passionately about their work.

One aspect of St Lawrence that distinguishes it from other schools is that we are deliberately a medium sized school, when the trend nationally is towards ever larger school groupings. We believe this is essential to ensuring that individual pupils receive the attention and care they require. At the same time, we are large enough to provide facilities that would be the envy of much larger schools, and have something of a reputation for punching well above our weight in school competitions!

Nothing can beat visiting a school when deciding whether it is the right place for the education of your child, and I can assure you of a very warm welcome if you choose to visit this outstanding school.

Antony Spencer, MA (Oxon) ACA
Principal