Leighton Park School

A co-educational day and boarding school with a distinctive Quaker ethos.

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    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

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Day & Boarding

    Religious Affiliation: Quaker

    Roll: 306 Boys / 200 Girls

    Day pupils: 374

    Boarder Number: 132

    Age Range: 11-18 Years

    Founded: 1890

    Location Description

    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

    Email: admissions@leightonpark.com

    www.leightonpark.com

    Facilities

    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.

    Scholarships

    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.

    Entrance Requirements

    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

    Fees for 2021/2022

    Fees per term

    Day: £6,745 – £8,220

    Weekly boarding: £9175 – £11070

    Full boarding: £10,565 – £13,110

     

    Annual fees

    Day: £20,235 – £24,660

    Weekly boarding: £27,525- £33,210

    Full boarding: £31,695 – £39,330

    Affiliations/Memberships

    HMC, ISA, BSA, IBO

    Reports

    OPEN DAYS

    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.

    Book a place

    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.

    Book a place

    For Taster Day details, please click HERE

    For further details, please visit our website www.leightonpark.com or contact the Admissions Office for details, by telephone on 0118 987 9608 or email admissions@leightonpark.com.

    Registration Deadline for 2022 Entry is Friday 19th November.

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