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We are currently working towards finalising this website where we will be able to provide a superb facility to enable OLs to find out what social events are happening, to reminisce via the galleries of photographs, anecdotes and articles and hopefully to bring OLs together and back to the School - to visit and to exchange information and news.

In this release members are able to register their interest in "following" particular clubs and societies of interest, communicate with each other through the site via a messaging system and keep their full profiles up to date - with a picture! Please continue to send us your news, your corrections (!) and your suggestions - the site will only thrive with your input.  Good browsing!


If you have difficulty using the forgotten password feature and are unable to log-in successfully it may be due to duplicate records arising because of the merger of the originating databases of OLs.  Please send an email to if this is the case.  Thank you for your understanding.

Improvements include:

  • Gallery page now shows "sub-gallery" thumbnails.
  • Houses - improved functionality here, with pre-house news, events and galleries.
  • New administration system.

President's Message

2013 JB profile

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 has been 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 (printed end of December, distributed  in February). Simply 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

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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 just short of 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 both the 1st XV and U12 XV undefeated so far this season, and hockey is at the beginning of a renaissance; 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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