Lancing College is a boarding school for 500 boys and girls aged 13–18. It is set high on the South Downs overlooking the sea, and is six miles from the city of Brighton and Hove. Escorted transport is available from international 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 possesses some of the most striking buildings of any school 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 farm run by students.
The inspirational and spacious art school, which opened in 2008, has been a welcome addition to the facilities, providing large studios and a photography suite. Next on the agenda will be the creation of a fabulous, contemporary sports centre, housing a vast multipurpose sports hall; a six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool; a fitness suite; and a dance studio/fencing salle.
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.
Curriculum and extracurricular activities
Examination results are consistently excellent both at GCSE and AS-/A-level – approximately 98% of sixth-form leavers go on to university each year.
Lancing is proud of the huge range of activities available to its students. The College encourages all of its pupils to fulfil their own individual potential and there are exceptional opportunities for music, art, drama, debating, technology, and community service. Traditionally a football school, there is a wide range of sports on offer – 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.
“There’s something in the water at Lancing. I’d like to bottle it and take it home.”
School House magazine