Licensed Victuallers' School
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 on the outskirts of Ascot (actually in Bracknell Forest).
LVS Ascot 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 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.
In 2014 London 2012 Olympic hockey medallist Sarah Thomas opened LVS Ascot's new all-weather sports pitch.
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".
Notable former pupils
- Simon Cowell
- Paula Hamilton
- John Moore
- Tracey Ullman
- Holly Tucker, founder of notonthehighstreet.com