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: Boarding and Day
Religious Affiliation: Quaker
Roll: 321 Boys / / 204 Girls
Day pupils: 393
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, RG2 7ED
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 Production 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.
Ethical Changemakers and STEAM Scholarships available to all but primarily aimed at Sixth Form entrants.
Up to 30% discount on day fee available for all scholarships.
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.
All fees per term
UK & EEA Students: Junior (Years 7 & 8)
Weekly boarding: £10,500
Full boarding: £12,095
UK & EEA Students: Senior (Year 9 & above)
Weekly boarding: £12,670
Full boarding: £14,990
HMC, ISA, BSA, IBO
All visits are welcome, please contact the school
Taster Day for entry into Year 9: Thursday 9 Nov 2023 -
Weekday Open Morning: Friday 10 Nov 2023 - Time: 9:00 am
Taster Day for entry into Year 7: Tuesday 14 Nov 2023 -
Weekday Open Mornings: Come and join us for a visit which will include a short introduction to life at Leighton Park from our Head, Matthew as well as a student led tour. There will also be the opportunity to speak to members of the Admissions Team and other senior members of staff.
For all Open Events: PleaseREGISTER your details
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Leighton Park has won the national Independent Schools Association (ISA) Award for Excellence in Pupil Personal Development 2022. This is a tremendous validation for the School's values-led approach, based on Achievement with Values, Character and Community. In a fast-changing world, it is incumbent on schools to think about how they can best prepare students to...Read more
IB Students Celebrate Success –...
The IB Class of 2022 were excited to receive the results of two years hard work today as the International Baccalaureate Organisation shared their Diploma Programme grades worldwide. The international qualification is excellent Sixth Form preparation for future studies, offering a broad base of subjects supplemented by compulsory modules that prepare students for university and...Read more
Students Celebrate GCSE Success –...
Nervous excitement buzzed around Leighton Park this morning as our Year 11s arrived to find out their GCSE results. Many found themselves awake unaccustomedly early but quickly shook off their summer-time routines at the sight of delighted teachers and friends. The students had a lot to celebrate with their 55% 9-7 grades outstripping the Teacher...Read more
ISI Report: Top Marks for...
The Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) have awarded Leighton Park a ‘double excellent’ standard, the highest possible attainment for an independent school, in recognition of both the quality of pupils’ personal development and the quality of their academic progress. The report follows several accolades for Leighton Park in recent years. In 2021, the School was awarded...Read more
Celebrating GCSE Success at Leighton...
Excited Year 11 students brought their sunny smiles through the morning drizzle as they eagerly collected their GCSE results. The anticipation of the big day was too much for first arrival, Charlie McFarlane, who spent most of the night tossing and turning. “I’m so pleased! Really happy!” she enthused. “She has put in so much...Read more
Phenomenal A Level Results at...
Sixth Formers at Leighton Park were delighted to receive their phenomenal results this morning, with 72% A*/A and 93% A*/B. It has been a challenging two years of learning in the pandemic with lockdowns and isolation periods adding another layer of difficulty to courses which are already academically rigorous and making today’s achievements even more...Read more
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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
Placing our Quaker values at...
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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