Leighton Park School
Simplicity, truth, respect, integrity, peace, equality and sustainability. These are the Quaker values that remain our touchstones in this modern world.
In our beautiful setting of 65 acres of parkland, just 30 minutes from London, our students have space and freedom to truly be themselves – and achieve greater things as a result.
Despite our Sixth Form students’ academic progress placing us in the top 1% of secondary schools in the country, we are no results factory. We believe it’s our role to develop courageous and happy young people who are environmentally-conscious, have a strong global awareness and don’t shy away from making a stand. We aim to give students the skills they need to be change-makers.
Category: Senior, Sixth Form
Type: Day & Boarding
Religious Affiliation: Quaker
Roll: 306 Boys / 200 Girls
Day pupils: 374
Boarder Number: 132
Age Range: 11-18 Years
The school is set in 65 acres of beautiful parkland opposite the University of Reading. We are 30 minutes from London Heathrow airport, 1 hr 15 minutes from London Gatwick airport. 10 minutes from Reading town centre, 40 minutes from London and close to Oxford and the south coast.
School Contact Details
Headteacher: Mr Matthew Judd
Contact for enquiries: Claire Elmer, Registrar
Shinfield Road, Reading, Berkshire
Tel: 0118 987 9608
Fryer House: a newly refurbished co-ed boarding house for boarders in Years 7 and 8 with a cinema room, a snug and a kitchen,/diner/ lounge. Single sex senior boarding houses for students in year 9 to Upper Sixth; girls in Reckitt House and boys in School House.
For sport there is a 25m indoor heated swimming pool, cardio suite, strength and conditioning centre, gym/sports hall, multiple sports pitches including cricket square with pavilion and 10 acre field for rugby, football and athletics, 22 tennis courts also used for netball, cricket nets, astro for hockey etc.
Creative tech is supported by several ICT suites, a DT workshop, a Food Tech room, Art Department with room for print making, ceramics studio, textiles, photography etc. The Michael Malnick Centre, opened in 2019, offers a magnificent foyer for concerts and exhibitions, 3 new Music classrooms, a live lounge for studio quality recording, and 7 additional break out/practice rooms plus a state of the art Media suite.
The school has an eclectic range of buildings arranged by faculty area(s) and ensuring that specialist facilities such as those needed to support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Maths) are well catered for.
Art, Dance, Drama, Music, Sport available for entry at Year 7, 9 and Lower Sixth
Academic Scholarship by invitation only based on entrance test results for entry at Year 7 and year 9.
10% discount on fees and free Music lessons for Music Scholars.
Ethical Enterprise and STEAM Scholarships available to all but primarily aimed at Sixth Form entrants. 25% discount on fees.
Year 7 and Year 9: successful completion of Leighton Park’s entrance tests comprised of Maths, English SPAG, English Essay and an interview with a senior member of staff.
Lower Sixth: 5 GCSEs at level 6 or above with level 7 required for some subjects eg Maths, plus an interview with a senior member of staff.
Fees for 2021/2022
Fees per term
Day: £6,745 – £8,220
Weekly boarding: £9175 – £11070
Full boarding: £10,565 – £13,110
Day: £20,235 – £24,660
Weekly boarding: £27,525- £33,210
Full boarding: £31,695 – £39,330
HMC, ISA, BSA, IBO
All visits are welcome, please contact the school
Annual Open Morning: Saturday 25 Sep 2021 - Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Open Morning: Tuesday 12 Oct 2021 - Time: 9:15 am
Sixth Form Evening: Tuesday 12 Oct 2021 - Time: 6:30 pm
Taster Day for Year 7 entry: Thursday 14 Oct 2021 -
Open Morning: Tuesday 9 Nov 2021 - Time: 9:15 am
Taster Day for Year 9 entry: Thursday 11 Nov 2021 -
Taster Day for Year 7 entry: Tuesday 16 Nov 2021 -
Annual Open Morning. Spaces are limited for this event, so families are advised to book early. There will be the opportunity to have a tour of the Park, hear talks from the Head, Matthew Judd, and to speak to members of the Admissions Team and teaching staff.
Regular Weekday Open Mornings are the perfect introduction to Leighton Park, with a short introduction to Leighton Park by the Head, a tour of a house with a Housemaster, then a tour of the school.
Tues. 12th October – Book a place
Tues. 9th November – Book a place
The Sixth Form Open Evening is for students interested in joining Leighton Park to learn more about the options available, including A Levels and the International Baccalaureate Programme, with a subject fair, seminars and the chance to speak to current students and members of Teaching Staff.
For Taster Day details, please click HERE
Registration Deadline for 2022 Entry is Friday 19th November.
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Celebrating GCSE Success at Leighton...
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Top performing school in Berkshire...
Sixth Formers on Leighton Park’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme have graduated today with beaming smiles and the highest average point score ever achieved by the School since the two-year course was first offered more than ten years ago. The cohort have celebrated an average score of 35.5 points, well above the required pass mark of...Read more
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ISA Award Winners for Outstanding...
The Leighton Park community are celebrating an impressive achievement today (Friday 26th February) as the Independent Schools’ Association (ISA) selected the School as the winner of its prestigious Award for Outstanding Local Community Involvement. The moment is captured on video ( https://youtu.be/M3HQRbxAOaM ) for all those wanting to cheer along with our students! At Leighton...Read more
STEAM INTERACTIVE 2021 – Leighton...
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GCSE Results Celebrations 2020! –...
Our Year 11s were back on the Park for the first time in five months this morning to celebrate their exam successes with their families, friends and teachers. Having witnessed the difficulties surrounding the A Level and International Baccalaureate results, our GCSE students were pragmatic in their acceptance of the delayed grades from Cambridge Assessment...Read more
Sixth Form Celebrate Success at...
It has not been an easy year for those taking public examinations and press speculation on the 2020 A Level results has been rife ahead of the big day. However, students, at Leighton Park School, Reading, had great cause for celebration yesterday as the cohort with 100% pass rate achieved an impressive 69% A*-B with...Read more
Topping off our Face Shields...
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The Leighton Park face shields initiative has taken the next step in providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for the NHS. Teaming up with the ScrubHub, a network of volunteer community groups who love to sew, Leighton Park has provided fabric for 250 sets of scrubs. Director of Outreach and Partnerships at Leighton Park, Natasha Coccia,...Read more
School-led partnership brings together 25...
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Leighton Park’s DT Dept Starts...
An amazing initiative to help the NHS frontline tackle Covid-19 has developed into a major co-operative manufacturing operation spanning nine schools across Berkshire! Launched last Thursday (2nd April) by Leighton Park School’s Head of Design & Technology, Mark Smith, the idea was to create much needed Personal Protection Equipment (PPE ) to support NHS workers facing...Read more
National STEM Success for Leighton...
A student from Leighton Park School has been named as a finalist in the Youth Industrial Strategy Competition, a national STEM competition organised by the British Science Association, that will see him compete at the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair from 11th-14th March in Birmingham. Over 2,000 students participated in the competition...Read more
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Leighton Park – Top Performing...
Leighton Park has been listed as one of the country’s top performing schools for Sixth Form education for the third year running, according to data released by the Department for Education (DfE) on 24th January. Recognised as the best performing school in Berkshire and 27th in England for the academic progress of its 2019 Leavers, Leighton Park added 0.6...Read more
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