Licensed Victuallers' School

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Licensed Victuallars' School, styled as LVS Ascot, is an independent non-selective secondary school in Ascot, in the English county of Berkshire.


Founded in 1803 and originally situated in London, the school moved in 1922 to a site in Slough on Brunel Way (previously called Station Approach), adjacent to Slough Railway Station, where it remained until it sold the land to Tesco in the late 1980s, moving to its current home at Ascot.

Current information[edit]

Licensed Victuallers' School is set in 30 acres (120,000 m2) of land within Ascot in the county of Berkshire, on the site formerly occupied by Heatherdown Preparatory School. The school is owned by the Licensed Trade Charity[1] and has been since 1972. The Queen is the patron of the school. The school has 3 day houses, Whitbread, Bell's and Courage, and 4 boarding houses, Bass, Carlsberg, Guinness and Gilbey. The school is co-educational and currently has 900 pupils aged 4–18, whilst also providing boarding facilities for some 200 pupils. Although an independent private school, LVS is non-selective. The school contains a 25 metre indoor swimming pool, theatre with hi-tech lighting, a recording studio, sports facilities including 4 tennis courts, a gym and a rock climbing wall. In 2004, the Learning Resource Centre was opened, extending the sixth form centre and the library.

The School's current Headmistress is Christine Cunniffe and the Director of Education is Ian Mullins.


The school holds a number of inter-house competitions every year most notably: Inter-house drama which is held between Bells, Boarders, Courage and Whitbread. Inter-house Music and numerous inter-house sports including hockey, netball, tennis, football, rugby and cricket. During Book Week each year Inter-house Storytelling and the LVS Literary Challenge are held.


The school has two mottos: Fidelis ad finem (Faithful to the End) - displayed under the school crest - and "Developing caring, confident citizens for the future".

Sibling schools[edit]

Licensed Victuallers' School is part of the Licensed Trade Charity which also once owned Elvian School in Reading which is now closed. The Charity also has a school in Sayers Common, West Sussex named LVS Hassocks which is a co-educational day and boarding school for children and young people from 8-17 year olds, who have communication, socialisation and imagination difficulties (CSID).

Army Cadet Force[edit]

Licensed Victuallers' School also temporarily houses an Army Cadet Force (ACF) unit: 4 Platoon (Irish Guards) Ascot of the Royal County of Berkshire ACF. Although the unit is not permanently based at Licensed Victuallers', it has established itself in the school and now recruits from the school, as well as the local and surrounding area. The cadet unit is mostly made up of Licensed Victuallers' pupils, but also includes cadets from Ascot and other nearby towns and villages.

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Coordinates: 51°24′45″N 0°42′12″W / 51.4126°N 0.7033°W / 51.4126; -0.7033