The Lawrence School Sanawar

The Lawrence School Sanawar was founded in 1847 and is one of the most prestigious and oldest schools in Asia. It is located in the Kasauli Hills of Himachal Pradesh in the district of Solan. Sanawar is about an hour’s drive from Chandigarh. The institution is one of the Asian subcontinent’s oldest surviving residential schools. The school is surrounded by forests of pine, deodar, and other coniferous trees, which cover an area of 139 acres at a height of 1750 meters. The school was founded by Sir Henry Lawrence and his wife Honoria.

The school’s slogan is “Never give In” and it instills in its students the confidence and bravery to overcome any obstacles. Sanawar made history in May 2013 when it became the first school in the world to send a team of seven pupils to climb Mount Everest.


The Lawrence School Sanawar

The Lawrence School Sanawar is one of India’s oldest coed residential schools. The school is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE). Its pupils come from a variety of backgrounds. The school’s goal is to grow children into individuals who are refined, disciplined. The school provides an environment that promotes the wellness of the kids who live and learn there.

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The campus of The Lawrence School Sanawar

The school is surrounded by forests of pine, deodar, and other coniferous trees, which cover an area of 139 acres at a height of 1750 meters. One of the new structures is the central dining hall. It serves over 3,000 meals every day. A solar-heated swimming pool and squash courts are available at this indoor sports complex. Parker Hall, now the school’s learning resource center, allows convenient access to archive artifacts, as well as a variety of other resources. The name of the main teaching block is ‘Birdwood’. There are various playing grounds in campus loaded with high-quality sports equipment for students. Students can participate in a variety of games and sports such as cricket, hockey, soccer, basketball, squash, tennis, badminton, table tennis, athletics, swimming, gymnastics, rifle shooting, and boxing.

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Academics of The Lawrence School Sanawar

The Lawrence School educates students from grades V to XII. Each class has four divisions from class VII onwards. Each division has 25 to 28 children in it. The school follows the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). In order to achieve the goal to educate children in an extraordinary way, the school has established the following academic goals:

  • Obtain outstanding results in the CBSE Class XII Board.
  • Provide students with the widest range of academic options possible, in accordance with global changes and advances.
  • Help student with academic, cultural, social, moral, and psychological counselling.
  • Provide a varied set of learning resources and infrastructure, including hardware, software, laboratories, and other materials.
  • Provide students with a progressive teacher support system in order to ensure that they receive a high-quality education.
  • Provide students with creative and participatory teaching methods and a well-trained team.

Awards and Achievements of The Lawrence School

The school has been named one of India’s best residential schools by many popular agencies. In 2003, The Tribune described this school as one of about half a dozen elite public schools in India, catering for “an upwardly mobile landed and commercial elite”. The school is an international member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, which is situated in England.

The Lawrence School Sanawar is a member of the Round Square Conference, a worldwide association of some eighty schools that exchange students with each other. Other member schools include the Doon School, Mayo College, Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Aiglon College in Switzerland, Ballarat Grammar School in Australia, Deerfield Academy and Chadwick School in the United States, Wellington in England, and Gordonstoun in Scotland.

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General facilities

General Facilities At The Lawrence School

The ‘Birdwood,’ which also houses Barne Hall, is the major teaching block. Plays, shows, films, lectures, and other cultural events are also held here on a regular basis.

  • Central dining hall
  • Indoor sports complex
  • Solar heated swimming pool
  • Squash courts
  • Parker Hall – learning resource centre
  • Computer with internet facilities

Sports Facilities At The Lawrence School Sanawar

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The Lawrence School Admission

Admission to The Lawrence school Sanawar is open to all boys and girls aged between 9 and 16 irrespective of social status, religion, or nationality. The School, which is nestled in nature’s green embrace, has been eponymous with the Sanawar hill on which it rests. One can’t help but be impressed by the beautiful greenery of the 139-acre site as one drives down the tiny curving road. Its big stone buildings, equipped with large Georgian windows, wide stone stairs, two cannons, and a ‘buggy,’ harken back to the colonial era. There are some certain eligibility criteria fixed for admission. Let’s take a look at that.


The Lawrence School Sanawar Admission Eligibility

The age criteria for admissions to these classes are as follows:


Age(in years) as on 1 st March in the year Admission.


8 years 9 months to 10 years 3 months


9 years 9 months to 11 years 3 months


10 years 9 months to 12 years 3 months


11 years 9 months to 13 years 3 months


12 years 9 months to 14 years 3 months


14 years 9 months to 16 years 3 months


No Admission in Class X & XII (being Board Classes)

The Lawrence School Admission Process

The admission process of The Lawrence School has been described below:

  • Application for admission in the school is available till the second week of November every year.
  • The children seeking entry into Classes V(about 20 girls and 45 boys), VI (about 05 girls and 10 boys) and VII (about 10 girls and 15 boys ) can apply for admission.
  • The online Common Entrance Test for all these classes are conducted in third week of November.
  • The entrance test is conducted at Sanawar, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Kathmandu and Dubai.
  • Online tests will be conducted for the subject of English, Hindi, Mathematics and General Science.
  • For admission in Classes VIII, IX, and XI, a limited number of applications can be considered against specific vacancies.
  • In Classes X and XII, there are no admissions. Please keep in mind that registration for one year is not transferable to another.
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The Lawrence School Admission Application Form

  • The registration forms can be collected from the school office.
  • It can also be downloaded from the School’s website(
  • Completed registration forms should be sent by post or faxed to the School.
  • The child will however, only be registered on receipt of the appropriate fee remitted by Demand Draft or in online mode.
  • Online transfer made payable to The Headmaster, The Lawrence School, Sanawar at the State Bank of India, Sanawar ( Branch Code : 50199; IFSC Code:SBIN0050199).
  • You can also pay fees through UPI.
  • A photocopy of the child’s birth certificate will also be required by the School.
  • At the time of admission, a Transfer Certificate from the preceding school (if applicable) is required.

The Lawrence School Fees

The Lawrence School fees is 11,85,400 however the complete fee structure is listed in the table given below:



Standard Fees( ₹ )

Application Fee


Registration Fee


Admission Fee (One Time Only)


Caution Money (Refundable Security) (Payable with 1st Installment)


Personal Account (Payable with 1st Installment)


1st Installment School Fee (Payable by 10-02-2022)


2nd Installment School Fee (Payable by 30-06-2022)




Fees For Existing Students



Fees( ₹ )

Personal Account (Payable with 1st Installment)


1st Installment School Fee (Payable by 10-02-2022)


2nd Installment School Fee (Payable by 30-06-2022)




Fees payable by students leaving after CBSE exam


Fees( ₹ )

School Fee


Personal Account


Total Fee Payable


Rebate of Messing Charges (if applicable)


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The Lawrence School Entrance Exam Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The admission test comprises of the following subjects:

  • English (a written test of 100 marks: time duration one hour)
  • Mathematics (a written test of 100 marks: time duration one hour)
  • Science (a written test of 100 marks: time duration one hour)
  • Hindi (a written test of 100 marks: time duration one hour)

Note: Students who have not studied Hindi for more than 3 years are exempted from this test at the direction of the Headmaster, on request. A certified copy of subjects studied from the previous school is mandatory for seeking any exemption from Hindi.

To be eligible for the personal interaction, a candidate must pass all subjects with a score of 40 percent. Based on the personal interaction, a student is given a score out of 100. Communication skills, engagement in sports and other extracurricular activities, and reading habits are all highly valued at the school. During their personal engagement, students who excel in one or more of these areas are given special attention.

The Lawrence School Entrance Exam Date

  • Entrance test for 5th, 6th and 7th classe is usually conducted on the second Sunday of November.
  • Applications for classes 8th, 9th and 11th are received in December and children called for an Entrance test/ Personal interaction on the second Sunday of February (for class XI in April after the Class X Board Examination) only if there are vacancies.

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Notable Alumni of The Lawrence School

The following are some of the most well-known alumni of The Lawrence School:

  • Sanjay Dutt, actor and producer
  • Saif Ali Khan, actor, heir of last reigning Nawab of Pataudi
  • Preity Zinta, actor
  • Amarinder Singh, former Chief Minister of Punjab
  • Omar Abdullah (born 1970), former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir
  • Sukhbir Singh Badal (born 1962), former Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab president, Shiromani Akali Dal
  • Dushyant Chautala, Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana
  • Chander Mohan, former Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana
  • Navin Chawla (born 1945), former Chief Election Commissioner of India
  • Maneka Gandhi (born 1956), Union Minister Child and women welfare, environmentalist and animal welfare activist.
  • Jetsun Pema, Queen consort of Bhutan
  • Rao Inderjit Singh (born 1951), politician, Union Minister of State for Defence Production
  • Sonny Mehta, publisher and editor-in-chief of Alfred A. Knopf
  • Jehangir Wadia, managing director of GoAir and Bombay Dyeing
  • Ness Wadia (born 1970), managing director of the Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation

Want to get Admission in The Lawrence School?

We are well aware that getting admission in The Lawrence School is a dream for many children, but only a few are selected. The school has a restricted number of seats, and the number of applicants is substantially higher. As a result, the entrance examination is more difficult. A child requires good direction at this time. Shori: The Prep School educates them in an unparalleled manner in order for them to get selected in The Lawrence School entrance examination.


Shori: The Prep School

A premier International Prep School that prepares young minds to crack the entrance examination of prestigious boarding schools. The prep school is well regarded for the high-quality entrance exams preparation and produces the best results year after year. At Shori, we focus on building a strong foundation of knowledge and concepts in children for their success and provide an excellent platform for the preparation of competitive exams and the overall development of children. The best academic support and personal care which we provide to the students helps them meet their goals and objectives. 

The core values of Determination, Honesty, Authenticity, Integrity, Devotion, Humanism, Holistic Learning, Social Ethics, and concern for society & the environment are all closely interwoven into the fiber of Shori: The Prep School. Our highly qualified and most experienced faculty are dedicated and committed to students’ complete success and provide assistive surroundings to contribute to their social, cultural, academic, and all-around development.

To our students, we impart value-based education, abundant resources, and individual attention. For the parents, we have a responsibility to nurture ethical and responsible career leadership in the children. To society, we provide a lifelong connection to ethics and excellence in global leaders.


The Lawrence school was founded by Sir Henry Lawrence and his wife Honoria.

Sanjay Dutt studied in The Lawrence School, Sanawar.

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