LWC Connect

We are delighted to let you know we have now set up Decade Groups on LWC Connect.  Join your group (or groups if you straddle a decade) members can then contact each other directly.

You can log in or register here for LWC Connect.

Joining instructions can be found here.

We have been asked by the Sternians’ Association Committee to let you know about some changes that they wish to introduce to do with the administration of The Sternians’ Association.
The Committee would really welcome your views on the proposal, including whether you think there are other ways forward that should be considered, plus any other matters that you would like them to consider.
Please click here to read Simon Clements’s letter and do send your feedback directly to him at saclemmy59@gmail.com by 12th February 2024, when the period of consultation closes.
Please be assured that any changes to the structure of the Association being suggested will not affect the Sternian programme that we put on through the team here at the College.
Simon looks forward to hearing from you.
Sam & Clare

Welcome to our New Sternians!

Good luck on your new ventures, whatever they may be!  Keep in touch and remember the LWC and Sternian community are here to help and support you, so do reach out.

New Sixth Form Centre, Zanetas opens for business!

We are delighted to announce that our Sixth Form Centre and Café is now buzzing with activity as our Sixth Form start their term in this fantastic new academic space.

Zanetas was a perfect location to hold our Roundtable event this week, Sternian Parent Dr Sally Bonneywell came in to talk about Psychology to our Sixth Form and 5th Form pupils who have an interest in studying Psychology.  A big thank you to Sally for a really inspirational forum!

For the full story on Zanetas click here.

New Sixth Form Centre, Zanetas opens for business!

Baron Sydney James Stern
Lord Wandsworth
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Centenary Bust Appeal. We are delighted that the bust of Lord Wandsworth is now in pride of place in Sterns Court, outside The Flowers Science Centre. His presence will be a reminder to all at LWC of our very unique heritage.

Amy Power – As Beautiful as a Dove

Amy (Sternian) is a first-time writer and is doing a degree in Drama and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway. She has many story ideas and the first play she wrote was performed here at LWC.  Amy wrote As Beautiful as a Dove whilst on a tour of Europe with her mother in 2019. She hopes that this story will inspire a love of nature and the idea that everyone is beautiful in their own unique way. Amy hopes that she will be able to publish more stories for children, teenagers, and young adults in the future.

Amy’s book is available on Amazon, for more details click here.

Sternian Cricket Success

We have a long history of sporting success and talent at LWC and we are proud to announce that Gemma Lane (pictured) has become the second Sternian to play women’s professional cricket! Gemma follows the success of Finty Trussler (Southern Vipers), both former Haygate girls.

Gemma was signed by Western Storm and made her debut in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy a few weeks ago.

Also a huge congratulations to Alex Hammond who will be captaining the England Hawks disability team.

Congratulations Gemma and Alex!

The Autumn Term 2023 is well underway, to read Adam Williams Autumn Term Letter please click here.

Please click here to read the latest Headmaster’s Start of Autumn Term Letter

The Beckwith Sports Festival  – Saturday 9th September 2023


To celebrate the new academic school year, we kicked off our first Saturday back at LWC with The Beckwith Sports Festival.  A full day of sporting activities for the entire school community with something for everyone (even our four legged family members) whilst making the most of our wonderful campus.  With a delicious array of food, drink and ice-cream on offer all day, excellent music and the sun shining down on everyone, it was the perfect way to start the new school year.


The morning saw The Beckwith make its return after its inaugural launch last year at the start of our Centenary year.  Named after Alfred Beckwith, pupil number one, who walked through The Acorn Gates in 1922, the carefully planned c.5k route takes in some of the most breath-taking aspects of our 1200 acre campus.  Parents, pupils, Sternians and staff chose to walk or run and those who wanted a little more challenge, opted to do the route twice – circa 10k! In 25 degree heat, everyone, especially the dogs, were ready for the water station (and doggy treats) greeting them at the end.


The afternoon moved seamlessly into Rugby, Football, Netball and Hockey matches seeing parents, Sternians, pupils and staff battle it out on the pitches,   Lots of smiles, laughter and goals scored despite the blistering heat and some parents having not played their chosen sport in 20 years! Thank you to all those who took part.


Our aim is for the Beckwith Sports Festival to become an annual event each September to mark the return to school.  We hope to see you at the next one in 2024!

Headmasters End of Term Summer Letter – July 2023

Headmaster’s End of Autumn 2022 Letter

Roger Bateman (A542, School), a Sternian and motor enthusiast, has published his new book “From Bond to Bentley and Back” where his story is told through his experiences of working in the motor industry, the people he has met and literally hundreds of vehicles.

To find out more visit Roger’s website https://bondtobentley.uk/


Huge well done to Micheal Clark (2021, School) for winning Runner Up with fellow Imperial College Student for the UK Space Agency’s SatelLife Competition, with their entry ‘TectOrbit’.

Michael (right) is currently studying Earth Science and Engineering an the idea of their entry was to combine publicly and globally available satellite images with data collected by Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), and run through a deep learning algorithm to help predict earthquakes, with the potential to save thousands of lives.

For the full story visit click here.

A huge congratulations to Louis Foster (2019, School) who has crowned a sensational first season in America by winning the prestigious Indy Pro 2000 Championship in his rookie year with Exclusive Autosport after victory in Portland.

Check out Louis’ website for the full article and further updates: https://www.louisfosterracing.com/

Gigi Noel-King (2019, Gosden) will be making her debut appearance on the West End this Autumn in J.K Rowlings Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Gigi will be joining the cast as a “swing” in and has already begun rehearsals. Congratulations Gigi!

Simon Lancaster (C196, Hazelveare), has published his new book “Connect!”.

Simon has worked as a speechwriter for the last 20 years, writing for many top politicians like Alan Johnson, as well as the CEOs of companies like Unilever, HSBC and InterContinental Hotels.

Connect! is an engrossing guide to communication which draws on ancient rhetoric and neuroscience and is jam-packed with helpful hacks and revelatory facts to help you inspire, influence and energise anyone, anywhere, anytime.

To find out more visit https://lwc.link/simonlancaster

Louis Foster (School, 2021) scored two wins, two poles, two fastest laps and lead the highest number of laps – the criteria for points scoring in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship – on his first visit to Canada. 

Foster won the first race despite multiple caution periods which erased any gap he’d built up, but a 14-lap sprint to the finish yielded a win of over five seconds at the end. The victory made him the first Indy Pro 2000 driver this season to win on a road course, oval and street circuit respectively.

Foster scored the maximum of 66 points for the weekend which puts him 71 points clear with 147 available over the final four races.

Foster heads to St Louis Gateway oval next on August 20 and concludes the season at Portland in Oregon on September 2-4.

Check out Louis’ website for the full article and further updates: https://www.louisfosterracing.com/

UPDATE: The Team completed the 220 mile route in 4 days and smashed their £1,00 target, raising over £4,000!

Sternians Will Ashley (2018, Summerfield), William Grose (2018, Summerfield), Angus Milnes-James (2018, Summerfield), Tye Rath (2018, Sutton), Ryan Sakellariou (2018, Hazelveare), Jamie Simmons (2018, Summerfield) and Toby Williams (2018, Summerfield) set off on 11th August to take on a 350K cycle over 3-4 days in support of the Anthony Nolan Trust, especially for their friend and Sternian, Billy Densham, who is being treated for lymphoma.

The Anthony Nolan Trust saves the lives of people with blood cancer. Founded in 1974, by growing a register of stem cell donors, conducting research and supporting patients, Anthony Nolan cures blood cancer and blood disorders.

The team started in Farnham to take on King Alfred’s Way which takes them mostly off road, via Winchester, Salisbury, Swindon, Reading and they aim to be back to Farnham on Sunday. To find out more and to donate if you would like to visit https://lwc.link/KingAlfredsWay.

Louis Foster

Louis Foster (School, 2021) scored a race win, two podiums, two pole positions and a fastest lap to extend his lead in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship at Mid-Ohio.

He now leaves Mid-Ohio with 12 races complete and with six remaining at three race tracks to conclude the season. The Mid-Ohio weekend allowed Foster to stretch his gap from 19 to 49 points, more than a race victory, as the series heads to Toronto in less than a fortnight.

Foster heads to Toronto for July 16-17, then to the St Louis Gateway oval on August 20 and concludes the season at Portland in Oregon on September 2-4.

Check out Louis’ website for the full article and further updates: https://www.louisfosterracing.com/

 As part of our Centenary celebrations we are delighted to be able to invite you to join The LWC Centenary Choir, along with other Sternians, parents and staff members.

The choir will meet on Monday evenings, 7.30pm to 9.00pm in the Gavin Hall (term time only).  Rehearsals will start on the 3rd October through to the end of June 2023, culminating in a wonderful performance at our Centenary Festival on the evening of the 23rd June 2023.

The choir will have a mixed and varied repertoire with a focus on fun. If you are interested in joining us sign up by
1st September 2022.

We hope you can join us!

The Centenary and Music Team

Rupert Whitaker (right) with co-founder of The Terrence Higgins Trust, Martyn Butler (right).

Rupert Whitaker (1980, Summerfield, B310) has been awarded with an OBE for his Services to Charity and to Public Health in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Rupert, along with co-founder of The Terrence Higgins Trust, Martyn Butler (left), received this prestigious award for their work to support people who have been affected by HIV in the year that marks 40 years since the charity begun.

The Terrence Higgins Trust posted the following quote from Rupert:

“I’m deeply honoured for my work to be recognised in this way. We’ve come a very long way since Terry’s death 40 years ago and the darkest days of the HIV pandemic, and I’m glad to have played a part through co-founding Terrence Higgins Trust and my community-work internationally, as well as my public health and medical work professionally,” he said.

“This award recognises work that many, many of us have done over the years and I hope it encourages us all to continue to fight for respect and inclusive change, crucial work that, more usually, remains unnoticed.”

To find out more about The Terrence Higgins Trust and the work they do please visit their website https://www.tht.org.uk/

UPDATE: Andrew wins Gold Medal for Team Scotland in Veteran Men’s Epee Individual.

Andrew (1967, Hazelveare, A510) has won a place on Team Scotland’s fencing team in the Fencing Commonwealth Championships 2022.

To read more and for updates visit https://www.cffc2022.com/

Cameron Gammage (2020, Summerfield) has been been selected to dive for Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.

To read more and see the full team visit:


Anna Louise Pickering with Simon at the award ceremony.

Simon Stevenson (1975, School, B062) has won the prestigious Pollyanna PickeringAward at The Wildlife Art Society International 30th anniversary wildlife exhibition held at Nature in Art Gloucester.

To find out more visit

Simon Stevenson’s Award-Winning Sketch

Michael Bates (2009, Hazelveare, F938) has co-written a book which explores the changing role of a wicket keeper in the modern cricketing world following his own professional cricket career as an example. To find out more visit https://www.amazon.co.uk/Keeping-Up-Surviving-specialist-multi-dimensional/dp/1090420161

We are delighted to announce the return of in person events for the upcoming academic year. We have a really exciting mixture of in person and virtual reunions, sports fixtures, careers work shops and lots more planned! To view our most up-to-date event schedule please visit our events and reunions page by clicking here, we’ll be updating this page with more information and new events as and when they are confirmed, so do keep checking back. Please email sternians@lordwandsworth.org if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you all soon!