Lancing College is a boarding and day school for 550 boys and girls aged 13–18. It is set high on the South Downs overlooking the sea, is six miles from the city of Brighton and Hove, 30 minutes from Gatwick Airport and 90 minutes from Heathrow. Escorted transport is available from these airports at the start and finish of each term. A minibus service also operates to local stations with direct connections to London, which is about 75 minutes away.
The College is considered to be one of the most beautiful schools in the country. It is based around two main quadrangles, with most of the new facilities adjoining. The whole campus runs to 550 acres with magnificent playing fields. The estate also includes a 70-acre farm run as a business by students.
The inspirational and spacious Art School provides large studios, a library, lecture theatre and a photography suite. Adjacent to this the light-flooded, open-plan Design Technology Department presents a stimulating environment within which to explore and create. A complete refurbishment of all boarding accommodation, which began in 2014, is nearing completion. In 2016, a new Equestrian Centre is planned with stabling for 20 horses and a manège.
In the rapidly changing world of education Lancing’s boarding ethos remains strong and it continues to attract a good number of boarding pupils both locally and from a range of different countries. Boarders make up two-thirds of the numbers in the school. Lancing has a fully flexible boarding structure and welcomes flexi-boarders, weekly boarders and full boarders. Day pupils are fully integrated into the life of the College.
Curriculum and extracurricular activities
Lancing is proudly an academic school and always sets the bar high. Research proves that, at Lancing, students are more likely to achieve their potential than at comparable schools across the country, the key educational measure of ‘value-added’ achievement. Lancing really does help take a pupil beyond their own expectations. Our leavers go on to study a wide range of courses from medicine to architecture at prestigious universities. A number apply to drama colleges, music conservatoires and art school, reflecting our belief in a broad and balanced curriculum. The College has just appointed a Head of International University Applications which reflects on the increasing demand from our pupils to study in the US or Europe.
The College encourages students to pursue their passions, provides a huge variety of activities, and offers exceptional opportunities for music, creativity, drama, debating, technology, and community service. Traditionally a football school, there is a wide range of sports – from fencing to fives, badminton to ballet – and all pupils are encouraged to participate at their own level. Lancing is well known for its friendly atmosphere, and relations between staff and pupils are excellent.
Methods of entry
Entry is at 13+ and 16+. The College hosts Open Mornings in May and October, and also encourages individual visits by families throughout the year.
“A friendly and beautiful place to grow up. Pupils are happy, and unselfconsciously themselves.” Good Schools Guide