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For further information on any of the displayed events (above) please see 'Calendar of Events'.

Welcome to the Old Lawrentian Website. Thank you for your patience whilst we are striving to improve the site.  It is our hope and aim that this facility will not only enable you to find out about the social events that we have planned, but also to provide a wealth of anecdotes, articles and of course photographs,  which may serve to spark distant memories and hopefully reunite old friends! We hope you will enjoy perusing the site and please do let us know any news that you would like to share or indeed please do correct us, if we have made a mistake!

In our 'Members Section' we invite you to register your details if you haven't already done so. You can fill in as much information as you like and choose how much of it you wish to share! Members are able to communicate through our secure messaging system so please do keep it up to date.  You can also register your interest with the various clubs and societies.

We very much look forward to hearing from you, the site will only thrive with your input!

Happy Browsing!


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President's Message

James Barden

Dear fellow OLs

Following Nick Marchant’s extremely hard work of the past 8 years as President of the Old Lawrentian Society, I hope, with your support we can continue the good work.

I am delighted to say that the Society is going from strength to strength and its number continues to grow year after year, as does our database of active members, holding (importantly) current contact information, the number of planned events, and the amount of attendees at each event.We hope to generate even more interest by arranging more reunions,; regionally, nationally and internationally, and Years, Houses, Industries and Interests will all be used as criteria for the reunions. Do look out for an event (or 2 for you)!

Many of the dates on the college’s social calendar are also open to OLs and Friends, and we will be sure to keep you updated with those dates.The committee are passionate about keeping OLs connected and we have branched out into Facebook (search Old Lawrentians) and ‘Linked In ‘as well. Our ‘Groups’ in both social media camps are growing in number too. To join the Linked In please go to

Now the 'building' side is being completed, adding content and keeping this website up to date is now a priority for us, and we hope soon to have a website that you will be able to browse and enjoy on a regular basis. This is your website, and to that end we do hope that as well as viewing, you might wish to participate now and again by keeping your profile details updated for our posting and emailing purposes, and perhaps adding information for your peers to see.

We are always extremely pleased to hear of your news , and to receive articles for either the web or annual magazine (distributed  in February). Please contact the Alumni Secretary at or call her at the college on 01843 572932.

It simply remains for me to say welcome to the OL website, enjoy, and we hope that you keep in touch!

Best wishes

James Barden
Grange ‘84
OL President.

Principal's message

Antony screenshot

Dear OLs

Since arriving it has been good to get to know a number of you, and I greatly value your ongoing attachment to your alma mater, and the valuable ways you contribute through events like the Careers Fair. I have also appreciated the wisdom and advice of many of you as we have considered how the School can continue to develop. 

I would like to take this opportunity to feed back to you how the School is doing and what the next plans are.

St Lawrence is in very good heart. We are larger than we have been for ten years, and now stand at  360 pupils in the Senior School. Our plans are to grow this to between 400 and 420, to put it back to the peak of numbers last seen in 1991. This growth is based on success; to pick a few key areas; academically we did better at A Level than the local grammar schools this year, our sport continues to dominate our circuit, with our U13 XV and U13 cRICKET XI undefeated, and our hockey teams formidable ( 2 of our teams are now Kent Schools indoor Hockey Champions); our cultural activities are also quickly developing, with the fantastic new Taylor Hall providing a wonderful resource for the performing arts.

Our plans are to build upon this success, and the governors have approved in outline a number of potential developments. The first plan is to expand our boarding capacity, as we are now full in girls’ boarding due to the success of the new Bellerby. The second is to build a new Science School, on the main school site. The third is to develop our sports facilities to bring a focal point of sport for the whole school. For this I would like to build a new water based hockey pitch, next to a new 1st XV pitch with a new sports pavilion overlooking both. We are at the stage of looking at architects’ plans and beginning the local consultation for planning, but we would like to complete all these projects within the next three years, subject to finance and planning permission. 

I’m sure you’ll agree these are very exciting plans indeed, and I hope you will be able to visit the college and take part in many of the planned events in the near future.  Should you wish, please take a look at the current college website to see the latest news and developments. 

Finally, I do hope you enjoy viewing the Old Lawrentian website, and renewing ties of friendship that are such a hallmark of this school. 

I look forward to seeing many of you at the next OL event.

Best wishes


Antony Spencer MA (Oxon) ACA

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OLs & Friends: St lawrence College Beer & Cider Festival

The OL Society and Friends of St Lawrence are delighted to be organising St Lawrence College's first Kentish Beer Cider and Wine Festival(in aid of a new water based astro pitch) on Saturday June 27th 2015 acompanied by live music sets and food stalls ......

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Vintage & Prestige Car display

Do you have a vehicle that you would like to display around the Prefects' Lawn? Join fellow OLs on 6th June 2015 for a wonderful display of Vintage and Prestige Vehicles.

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Careers showcase 2015

This is a wonderful opportunity to impart your knowledge and passion for your chosen career or course to current SLC pupils in a relaxed informal setting. No speeches required, just simple conversation and advice. This year's event will take place on Saturday June 6th! Please read on for further information...

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Ian Gollop obituary announcement

It is with great regret that we have to inform you that Ian Gollop (Headmaster of the Junior School from 1981 to 1993)sadly passed away on Saturday 18th April 2015 after battling with cancer for a lengthy time. Ian's funeral will be held in the church in in his village St Dogmaels at 11am on Saturday 25th April 2015. All are welcome to attend. The Funeral Directors are Phillips Colin Funerals Ltd, Hyfrydle Aberteifi, Ceredigion, Dyfed SA43 1AG Phone:01239 621192.

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Captain's Day 2015

The Old Lawrentian Golf Society has kicked off the 2015 Season with Captain's Day that was held earlier this month. Whether you are a keen golfer or simply fancy trying this sport out, please do get in touch with the Club Captain or Secretary. Absolutely any level of player would be most warmly welcomed. Joining the Society is simple and you need not make a huge commitment as you could just join us for a game a year! Please read on to discover the outcome of Captain's Day on 6th March 2015.......

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Old Lawrentian News 2014-15

The 2014/15 Old Lawrentian News is now available to download. Read on to find the download. Your hard copy should arrive through your door by 25th February. If we do not have your postal address then please let us know immediately! If your copy doesn't arrive, do let us know and we will update our records.

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