Nestled within our stunning 1200 acre campus of soft rolling hills and wooded valleys, there is a school where pupils are thriving. It is a school with an inspirational charitable Foundation, a passion for the individual and one which nurtures character and confidence. At Lord Wandsworth College, pupils have a voice, alongside a desire to be curious, creative and gain an ever-developing sense of emotional intelligence. We also have a great deal of fun!
Our aim is to shape inwardly self-confident, outwardly modest young men and women who are not only curious and passionate but are ambitious to go and make a positive difference in the world. Our pupils consistently excel in traditional testing, with more than half scoring A* to A grades (or 9s) at GCSE and A Level. More importantly, they are given an education of opportunities.
We ensure each pupil is given the chance to excel in whatever guise that takes – part of a philosophy that put our senior staff on the i25 shortlist for innovators in education. Pupils work hard both inside and outside the classroom with a wealth of possibilities in sport, the Arts, STEM and our incomparable access to nature, leaving our pupils with a sense of radical optimism – a spirit that says, ‘through perseverance, I can conquer’, our school motto for 100 years.
Beneath wide-open skies, framed by woodland, our landscape entices activity from all who experience it. Our grounds team keep the acres of sports fields to an incredible standard that any professional team would delight to play on. There are five County level cricket pitches, ten grass nets, dedicated space for girls’ cricket and eleven artificial nets. We have six rugby pitches, floodlit through the winter, with our 1st XV playing on the proudly names Wilkinson’s pitch. Football, a growing sport here for both boys and girls, has its own pristine pitches at the top of the campus.
There is a wealth of high standard astros for Hockey and a newly renovated tennis and netball centre. Opportunity is the watchword: besides our well-known team sport programmes, we have a swimming pool for training or water polo, and partnerships with nearby equestrian, canoeing and tennis facilities. And, of course, miles of pathways on our 1200 acres mean that runners, walkers and mountain bikers, too, will find enchantment in the Hampshire hills.
At the heart of all good learning is pupil happiness; a pupil who is happy and has a high sense of value of themselves and to the community is one who will go above and beyond. This leads to personal benefit in terms of academic, emotional, and social development, but it also leads to benefits for the wider community.
Providing a safe environment where pupils can explore who they are, take measured risks and be of service to others is fundamental to the learning that goes on both inside and outside the classroom at LWC. The vehicle for achieving these outcomes is through excellent pastoral care, which extends well beyond the bounds of the boarding houses and the associated house staff. Our staff are adept at knowing when to implement support strategies and when to allow the pupil to find their own way through the inevitable challenges that the adolescent journey presents.
As a school we do not chase awards and accolades, but it is lovely when they arrive as a by-product of what we do. As such we were proud to receive The BSA’s ‘Working with Vulnerable Children Award’ (2021) and The Independent School of the Year Award for Student Wellbeing (2020), in recognition of our pupil support and pastoral care.
To find out more information visit www.lordwandsworth.org or call the team on 01256 862201.