Lord Wandsworth College
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Lord Wandsworth College, often abbreviated to LWC, is a medium-sized fully co-educational independent school in Hampshire, England. It takes both day and boarding pupils from the ages of 11 - 18. It is set among farmland adjacent to the small village of Long Sutton, near the small town of Odiham and village of South Warnborough. The current headmaster is Fergus Livingstone.
The school was founded in 1928 by a bequest in the will of Sydney James Stern, Lord Wandsworth, who had intended to create a fairly straightforward orphanage. The executors of his will, however, followed the spirit rather than the letter of the will and began instead a school teaching agricultural skills to boys who had lost one or both parents. Starting as a kind of agricultural orphanage with a few lessons, the balance of farming against school work slowly shifted until the 1950s, by which time Lord Wandsworth College was a fairly typical independent school, albeit one surrounded by farmland whose operation (by a separate company) still provides a small profit to the school's accounts. The school first accepted fee-paying pupils, to supplement Lord Wandsworth's original bequest, soon after World War II. This pattern of foundationers and fee payers provided a remarkable experience, whereby pupils from very different backgrounds lived and worked together in the traditional atmosphere of a minor independent school. By the early 1960s there was nothing to separate it from other independent schools other than the distinctive make up of the school body.
The Foundation still provides funds to allow pupils who have lost parents to attend the school, although falling investment yields and increasing costs mean that in recent years the numbers of Foundation pupils has fallen to 1 in 10.
Pupils begin in Junior House for two years, then move into one of four boys’ houses (Hazelveare House, Summerfield House, School House or Sutton House) or three girls’ houses (Park House, Gosden House or Haygate House). The school has excellent facilities, including two astroturf pitches, an indoor swimming pool, two sports halls and a Music and Drama Centre.
All pupils are expected to take part in the extensive activity programme. Activities on offer range from cooking and dance to public speaking and climbing. Many students take part in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme, Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and Community Service programmes. There is also an option to take part in the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race which is a staggering 125 miles worth of kayaking.
Although the school focuses on one main sport in each of the three terms: Rugby, Hockey, Netball and Cricket, alternative sports such as canoeing, squash, badminton and athletics are all on offer.
The establishment welcomes all religions and races.
The College is non-denominational welcoming all faiths and cultures. Traditional Christian values are observed and there is an Anglican Chaplain who is responsible for the spiritual welfare of the whole College community.
Notable former pupils
Notable former pupils include:
- Sir Peter Coulson, High Court judge
- Julian Sands, actor
- Jonny Wilkinson OBE, rugby union international
- Peter Richards, rugby union international
- Ugo Monye, rugby union player, who has represented England in the Sevens and has also been capped at full international level.
- Charlie Amesbury, rugby union player
- Alex Mytton, Made in Chelsea cast member
- Lord Wandsworth College - official web site
- Sternians Association - the Old Boys Association of Lord Wandsworth College