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A Berkshire Mummies Review of LVS Ascot

(AD Disclaimer: This blog post was written in paid partnership with LVS. Views are those of Berkshire Mummies following a tour of the school in September 2022 and online research)

Overview of the School

LVS Ascot is a non-selective independent day and boarding school which can be found just down the road from Ascot Racecourse and Englemere Pond and has been educating children since 1803, the late Queen was the school’s patron. LVS is one of three schools owned and managed by the Licensed Trade Charity.

LVS 2022 Year 7's

According to the LVS website ‘to meet its aims of providing a ‘caring and challenging education’ the school has always been non-selective and that policy of no entrance exams means a cohort of pupils with all abilities and from all backgrounds. The school celebrates individuality and offers a round education that delivers academic rigour alongside sporting, performing and creative opportunities’.

The school buildings are modern and contained in one school campus, with areas of the school designated for the Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form Centre. There are also boarding houses dotted around the grounds and sporting facilities and a large field and lake, all fenced securely to keep the community safe.

Led by Principal Christine Cunniffe, who has been at the school for over 20 years and continues to have the passion to drive the school forward to navigate children through their educational and personal needs so they are prepared and ready for their futures in our ever changing global world. The school is focussed on the success of each child, whoever they are and whatever they want to achieve.

LVS focusses on ‘The Advantage’ ensuring the stakeholders across the school community work in unison to give the pupils the best advantage and springboard for their future whether it’s going into higher education, apprenticeships or straight into the workplace and a career.

During Berkshire Mummies visit, the children were polite and busy and staff welcoming and proud of their working environment.

Click here to view the schools inspection report.

The Principal

Christine Cunniffe is a mother of 3, author and has led the school at LVS for 12 years. Christine knows the school, her staff and pupils. 

During Berkshire Mummies visit to LVS it was great to meet with LVS Ascot Principal Christine and it was impressive to hear about her passion for the school and her strong desire for the pupils at the school to achieve their dreams, realising that A Levels are the right academic route for many pupils but not everyone. LVS offer iGCSE’s and BTEC qualifications. LVS Ascot is a non-selective school, accepting pupils from across the board academically. League table results aren’t the priority, happy children, fulfilling their ambitions in life is the aim of the Principal.

LVS Ascot Christine Cunniffe
The Infant and Junior School

The Infant and Junior School at LVS is under the leadership of Terry Wintle. During a tour of the Infant and Junior School with Terry, Berkshire Mummies met a number of members of staff who were proud to show their colourful and busy class rooms. Berkshire Mummies met a number of children who appeared to be happy, confident and busy. The Infant and Junior School is a contained unit separate to the main school with classrooms, assembly/sports hall, library, outdoor play grounds and play areas, vegetable patch, storytelling area and pond.

LVS Pond

The Junior and Infant School offer co-curricular activities, many of which are included in the fees and there are also extended hours available to support working parents.

Forest School is part of the weekly timetable plus the children can work towards their Infant and Junior School Diploma annually.

LVS Forest School

The Infant and Junior School also have the benefit of having the facilities of the Senior School to make use of during their studies. Infant and Junior pupils are also put into a house, which they take with them throughout their LVS school career.

The Senior School

Senior School pupils are placed in houses, these houses are used throughout the school and help to intregrate the whole school for house competitions but are also used to place the children into registration groups within their year group.

During these informative years, LVS offer small class sizes and a range of subjects giving great opportunity for focussed learning and guidance from the teaching staff. The student to teacher relationship is key to an LVS senior school education. At LVS Ascot the pupils are in sets for english, science and maths in Year 7 and all other subjects are mixed ability. Then in Year 8 two further subjects are set and this continues throughout the GCSE years. The remaining subjects are not set at any point. Academic learning is supported by subject-specific enrichment sessions, breakaway classes, enrichment speakers and school trips.

For pupils who may be struggling, there is a support network in place. The children are supported with a combination of teacher and pastoral support and there is also the additional learning needs department should additional support be required.

LVS Ascot Year 7's 2022

The children do sit end of year assessments and pupil examinations as well as being set homework and subject level tests throughout the academic year.

At LVS there are a whole host of subjects on offer to the children alongside the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. These include languages (French and Spanish), Geography, Computer Science, Philosophy, Physical Education, Media Studies and Design and Technology plus more.

Co-curricular activities are a key part of the senior school experience, taking place before and after school in the core areas of sports, drama, music and DofE. The co-curricular activities are based around the schools LVS 4 programme – Exercise, Enrichment, Enjoyment and Extension. The co-curricular activities on offer include; choir, debating, You Tube club, foreign film club, art, musical theatre, mindfulness, public speaking and sports including rugby, football, swimming and rounders.

Sports Centre LVS
Life in the Sixth Form

Sixth Form pupils at LVS have their own dedicated centre, separate to the rest of the school. It has study rooms and a place to socialise allowing pupils to discover more freedoms and independent responsibility.

The school recognise the importance of life in Sixth Form, preparing pupils for university and the outside world. Therefore there is a two year focus on support and pastoral care, teaching and friendship to prepare pupils ready for the next stage in their lives.

LVS support pupils in making the right academic choices and qualifications to all pupils to go on and achieve after their time at the school. In 2022, LVS Ascot’s Year 13 class made great progess despite one of the most challenging academic years this country has seen, achieved a pass rate of 92.9% and went on to 30 different universities. A range of A Levels and BTec qualifications are on offer. Click here to find out more. The pupils can also take part in extended learning qualifications.

In Sixth Form the pupils are also offered enrichment opportunities from Theory Driving Lesson tests to volunteering opportunities, debating society and more.

LVS 6th Form block
Boarding

LVS’s boarding community is a culturally diverse community and a key part of the school. There are both boarders from the UK and overseas.

Boarders live in one of four houses based within the school campus, the houses are divided between boys and girls and children can board from the age of 10 years old.

Extended Day Provision

The extended day provision at LVS is there to support busy parents and gives pupils the chance to access the benefits of a boarding school, whilst giving the children chance to travel home at night. There is a breakfast club which opens daily at 7.45am, available to all pupils and there is also the offer of after school care until 6.15pm. This comes at a small additional cost to the fees and is open to all children in the school. The Extended Day Provision is free until 5.30pm across the school with an additional charge after this time for supper.

Facilities

The school is set in 26 acres of parkland and even has it’s own large lake at one entrance to the school.

LVS Swimming Pool

There is an inviting indoor swimming pool, 250 seat theatre, learning resource centre, astro pitch, fitness centre with large sports hall, infant and junior school environment garden with reading circle and campfire area plus a wellness centre and dining hall.

The Wellness Centre is a fundamental part of the school where the children can go in confidence to seek advice, have a chat and ‘off-load’ if needs be. There is also a sick bay within The Wellness Centre.

LVS Dining Hall
Fees, Scholarships and Discounts

Click here to view the school fees for UK students. It is worth noting that there are a series of discounts available including loyalty discounts, senior local academic discounts, HM Forces & UK Diplomatic staff discounts and licensed trade discounts available.

There are scholarships available in Year 7 and Sixth Form.

  • In Year 7 Scholarships are given for Academic, Sport, Performing Arts and Art.
  • In Sixth Form there is the ‘Spirit of LVS Award’ alongside the Frank Brake Trust Scholarship and The Worshipful Company of Innholders Scholarship.

In addition, there are also Licensed Trade Scholarships for Year 9 and Year 12 entry.

Alumni

LVS actively encourage alumni to keep in touch with the school and they are welcomed back to the school to attend events. The school regularly share stories and the achievements of their alumni on their social media.

The school promotes it’s alumni network so former students can advertise their skills and professional services to other alumni members which opens up excellent networking opportunities to past pupils.

The school also hosts an annual alumni event or school reunion, a great chance for the alumni to see the school, meet old school friends, staff and have the opportunity to network face to face.

Famous alumni include Simon Cowell, William Brake (founder of Brake Bros) and Tracey Ullman (Actress).

The address for the school is;

LVS Ascot, London Road, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 8DR

How to visit?

Click here to attend an Open Day or book a private tour of the school.

Visit the website

For further details about LVS do visit their website – https://www.lvs.ascot.sch.uk/

Conclusion

LVS Ascot has a strong-leader at the helm who is not afraid to think outside the box and ensure the school and education of the pupils is fit for purpose in our ever evolving world. Pupils have excellent facilities to use, caring and supportive staff and are encouraged to be themselves – achieving what is right for them in terms of their academic rigor and interests.

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Disclaimer

This post was written in paid partnership with LVS Ascot. Berkshire Mummies was invited for a tour at LVS Ascot, this review is written based on what we saw and have learnt about the school doing our research.

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