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Over the years since the College was founded in 1879, there has been a system of Houses – some boarding only, some only for day boys. As the College has expanded and contracted and as the balance of day and boarding pupils has changed over the years, so have the Houses and their names. There have been amalgamations, house names have disappeared and re-appeared – some named in honour of benefactors, some in honour of a significant contribution to the life of the School.  Please read on to learn more about the history of the houses!


The St Lawrence College housing system has seen many changes since its inception in 1893 when just two main divisions named Red and Blue Company were introduced.

These had sub-divisions of dark red, light red, dark blue and light blue. In 1929, they became known as houses, changed names, and a day house was also created, namely, Newlands. Dark Red became Tower, Light Red: Grange, Dark Blue: Lodge and Light Blue: Manor. 

In 1939, the school’s evacuation to Seaford and later Courteenhall, caused the closure of the day house and the four boarding houses to merge into two (Tower with Grange, and Lodge with Manor). The college returned to Ramsgate and in Lent 1946, and also returned the four boarding houses back to their rightful states. In addition, a fifth boarding house was created: Courtenay.  Newlands was reinstated as a day house in 1947, and a second day house would later be created in 1972, named Deacon.
Currently there are three senior boarding Houses (Lodge & Tower for boys and Bellerby for girls) and two senior day Houses (Laing for girls and Newlands for boys). In addition there is the Middle School called Kirby, which is a mixture of day and boarding for both boys and girls. Kirby is sub divided into two sub houses, Cameron and Courtenay.

This section has been established to recognise the fact that there are still groups of OLs who meet and correspond because they they grew up in and were part of the life of a specific House, and always will be. OLs are welcome to submit items of news and anecdotes for these sections. If you would like to edit one of these House sections (or add a new one) please let us know via the Contact page.

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St Lawrence College event charity gala ball dinner saturday 26 May 2018

We are delighted to invite you to our Charity Gala Ball which is to be held in the Taylor Hall on Saturday 26th May 2018, with a drinks reception and an exclusive sneak preview in the new Science, Art and Technology building. This will be followed by a four course meal plus coffee and mints. Supporting the sports at St Lawrence College there will be an auction with Hobbs Parker, Entertainments, Live music & dancing with Liberty Park. Tickets are £65.00 per person with an EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT for tables of 10 available until the 21st March 2018 for £600.00 Please email development at or telephone 01843 572932 to book your tickets.

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Old Lawrentian OL Day 17th March 2018

Lunch, tours, sports, drinks and a chance to catch up with fellow OLs and staff. The afternoon's Hockey Festival Cup is being played this year in honour of OL, Alex Underhill '10, who sadly passed away in 2017. A 2010 OL team will play against a mixed OL/SLC staff team and Canterbury Christchurch University. Netball and ahooting will also be competed. For those wishing to attend, a special service for Alex is taking place in the Chapel at 11.15am. Families and guests are most welcome. Please do let us know you are intending to come or if you would like to be part of the career Fair or a sports team so that we can plan and cater sufficiently. Many thanks. T:01843 572932 / Facebook Group: St Lawrence College Old Lawrentians

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Turner Contemporary Evening

SLC’S Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ Saturday 24 February 2018 6.30–8pm Turner Contemporary Margate RSVP Entry by ticket only We have pleasure in inviting you to join parents, pupils and staff at the above event on Saturday 24 February. This exclusive evening is being held as part of our Learning Partnership with Turner Contemporary. This is the School’s third such event at the gallery and this time the focus is on Senior Art, English and Music. You will also be able to enjoy a private viewing of the latest exhibition Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’.....

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Candlelit Carols in the Chapel

It was wonderful to see so many Old Lawrentians, former parents, friends and staff members on Sunday to celebrate Christmas and enjoy rousing renditions of beautiful carols and numerous pieces by the College Choir and organist (OL, Jack Greenslade.

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OL Dinner 2017

This year our annual OL Dinner was held here at the College on the 30th September 2017 and well supported by our Old Lawrentians spanning over 50 Years.

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OL Old Lawrentian Society West Country Reunion The Mill on the Exe Exeter

On the 23rd of September The OL Society successfully hosted their first regional West Country Reunion in Exeter.

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