Lindisfarne is still a reasonably new School with our doors being open to students since 1953. This being said we have an extremely rich history embedded into Scottish Culture which is hundreds of years old. Built from Christian Roots, we stand strong in the characters and values that were built along with the walls on day one.

The Beginning

Lindisfarne College opened its doors to 33 foundation pupils on April 14th, 1953, but it was the generosity of E.J. Herrick which made the creation of Lindisfarne a possibility. In 1951 he offered the land and buildings of his Hastings farmlet named "Lindisfarne" to the Presbyterian Church for £20,000 - leaving £5,000 to the College as a gift if the extra £15,000 was raised within a month. Excited by the prospect of establishing a private Presbyterian Boys' Boarding School in Hastings, the school's 3 founding fathers - Reverend F.H. Robertson (the College's first Rector), A. Kirkpatrick (the first College Council Chairman), and R.D. Brown, arranged the purchase within time, thanks to the generosity of a relatively small group of local supporters.

The beautiful park-like surroundings of the school grounds, and the gracious old 3 storeyed 'Homestead' building, have been nurtured and well maintained so that the College environment is a peaceful and pleasant educational environment for pupils and staff. The old tennis court area, dating from the 1900's, has evolved into the sweeping Homestead lawn, edged by flower beds, native ferns bordering the trickling stream and many marvellous old English trees.

​​​​​​​The College Council marked the new millennium with extensive renovations of the Homestead building, managing to keep its 'Olde World' charm by employing skilled craftsmen to renew the wooden panelling, leather armchairs and tiled roofing. The 'Homestead' now houses the staff common room, Rector's office, Boardroom and administration areas. The outstanding modern facilities of the College are designed and constructed to match the Homestead and enable a modern learning environment within a heritage setting.

Lindisfarne Coat of Arms

The Lindisfarne Coat of Arms which appears on the uniform and stationery is the distinctive icon by which the school is recognised. The importance of having a unique symbol associated with the school was recognised early on and before the college had even opened its doors, a coat of arms was requested from the College of Heralds in London. The coat of arms produced features a representation of St Oswald’s head and the dominant feature of the shield is the St. Cuthbert’s cross. In addition, the diagonal division of the shield is a reference to St. Aidan, the first Bishop of Lindisfarne. The wave patterns on the shield are also a reference to the establishment of Lindisfarne College far across the sea. The motto “Ascensiones in Corde” comes from Psalm 84 and was suggested by the Reverend Robertson, the first school Rector. The preferred translation is “Highways in the Heart” The Letters Patent which is the official certificate of the Coat of Arms is framed and hangs in the school dining room.​​​​​​​

Read about the Holy Isle of Lindisfarne.

House System

Rectors, past and Present

The Good Man Window

Our Dibble Statues

Why the Red?