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St Lawrence College

Founded in 1879, St Lawrence College provides a first-class education for boys and girls from 3 to 18 years. Located on the Kent coast, within easy walking distance of the sea, we are a private school set in a safe, spacious campus housing boarding and day pupils from local, UK and international families.

We have approximately 625 pupils – 150 in the Pre-Prep and Prep School and 450 in the Senior School, of which 185 are boarders (boarding from 7 years of age).

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 special community to live and learn.
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Our Christian Ethos

St Lawrence College was established in 1879 under the Evangelical tradition of the Church of England. Its Christian ethos remains strong and this is seen most clearly in the way that every individual is nurtured at the school under the belief that we are all equal in God’s eyes.

There are many opportunities for pupils to explore their faith informally, or in formal settings such as Chapels, Christian Unions and Confirmation classes, if they wish to do so, and we welcome pupils of all faiths and none.

We recognise our responsibilities as a school: to understand difference, to celebrate diversity and to love our neighbour as ourselves. This is summarised in our School’s Social Vision statement: ‘a caring community of kindness, positivity and respect’.  As a school, we are committed to promoting positive relationships throughout the school and building a fair and inclusive community where everyone is able to flourish.

“The school is successful in providing opportunities for pupils of all abilities to gain academic success and develop their individual talents.”

ISI Inspection Report 2015