History & Heritage
We are proud of our heritage educating boys and girls since 1803 and to have had HM the Queen as our Patron.
LVS Ascot has a proud heritage, educating boys and girls since 1803 when the first Licensed Victualler’s School was set up in Kennington, London. The School was granted a Royal Charter in 1836 and Her Majesty the Queen continued to be Patron of LVS Ascot until her death.
LVS Ascot is one of three schools owned and managed by the Licensed Trade Charity. The Charity was formed by 10 licensees who first met in Fleet Street, London in 1793 to discuss their plans for the formation of the charity which was set up to provide support and education to people working in the licensed trade, and for over 225 years has offered kindness, care, education and financial support to those in need.
In 1793, only young people whose parents worked in the trade would be accepted, today the school extends its reach beyond and accepts applications from all walks of life, whatever their occupation and we have academic, music, sporting and arts scholarships available for highly able students.
The first school, in Kennington, was set up to provide a ‘caring and challenging education in a wholesome and airy environment’. When Kennington became busy, built up and crowded the school moved to Slough and when the same happened to that site the school moved to its current location in Ascot. The 26 acre estate ensures it will continue to meet those aims for future generations, providing relief from the hustle, bustle and pollution in London.
To meet its aims of providing a ‘caring and challenging education’ the school has always been non-selective and that policy of no entrance exam means a cohort of pupils with all abilities and from all backgrounds. The school celebrates individuality and offers a rounded education that delivers academic rigour alongside sporting, performing and creative opportunities.
Income generated for the Charity by the schools is re-invested in the site to continue to offer the highest standard of facilities and is used to fund the work of the Charity. The Licensed Trade Charity is proud to have His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh as its Patron.
In 2020, the Charity supported over 73,000 people and awarded over £1.96M in grants. They provided 1,037 telephone counselling sessions and 178 licensed trade people and their children supported with their education. The Charity helpline received an average of 228 calls per month in 2020, of which 41% were for emotional support. Find out more about their services and how we helped people in 2020 here.
For people who are currently working in the licensed trade or have in the past (*criteria apply) there is a discount available, trade-specific scholarships for highly able students and bursaries for those either facing very poor academic provision locally or the family and/or work situation means a placement would show a real benefit to the child’s future. To find out more visit our licensed trade scholarships page.
If you would like to read more about the history of the Licensed Trade Charity read the historical timeline drafted to celebrate 225 years of The Charity.
*For discounts, trade scholarships or bursaries you, or an immediate family member (living in the same household) needs to be either currently, or have in the past, worked in the licensed drinks trade for a total of 5 years continuously. This can be in one or more jobs.