Message from the Head

Acting Head David Jackson

 

St Lawrence College is a truly remarkable school, one steeped in history and tradition, but forward thinking in its approach. I feel very privileged to have been entrusted with leading its happy and vibrant community and ensuring that we continue to provide its pupils with an outstanding all-round education. 

Our dedicated and inspirational teachers are wholly committed to helping every pupil achieve their full academic potential. We encourage them to be independent, curious and creative in their thinking, yet, at the same time, not to be afraid of failure, since it is often by making mistakes that we grow intellectually and personally and become more resilient as a result. This philosophy is very much backed up by our recent High Performance Learning award which recognises us as a World Class School – St Lawrence College is one of just a handful of schools in the UK to have achieved this prestigious accreditation, and the only one in Kent.

Equally, however, we believe strongly that learning should not be limited to the classroom nor measured solely by exam results. Indeed, we place great emphasis on providing opportunities for pupils to pursue a wide range of extra-curricular interests, on developing the art of leadership and teamwork, as well as those all-important soft skills. This is seen not only in sport where we have enjoyed considerable success on a national level in recent years, but also in Music, Drama and the Arts.

Underpinned by the school’s strong Christian ethos, we also take great pride in the quality of our pastoral care and the excellent relationships which exist between staff and pupils. The fact that we are a deliberately medium-sized school certainly helps with this – as teachers we know the children in our care extremely well. Being a co-educational boarding and day school, with students choosing to come to us from all over the world, we are blessed too with a very diverse and cosmopolitan community, something which we are extremely proud of and consider to be a real strength.

Besides the blend of beautiful, historic buildings and state of the art facilities, all set in wonderful grounds, what invariably strikes visitors to St Lawrence College is the friendliness of everyone they meet and the sense of family. The values of service, honesty, kindness and respect for one another matter greatly to us; indeed, one of our fundamental aims is that all Lawrentians leave us as well-balanced, young men and women, fully prepared for the challenges of the 21st Century and keen to make a positive contribution to society.

Choosing the right school is, of course, a hugely important decision and I hope that our website gives you a flavour of what a special place this is. However, nothing beats coming to see the school and experiencing it for yourself, and I would be delighted if you decided to arrange a visit. I can assure you of a very warm welcome.

 

David Jackson  BA (Durham), MEd (Buckingham)

Acting Head