Leighton Park School

The success of our approach is demonstrated by UK Government 16-18 league tables, which place the school in the top 100 in England, or top 3%, for the academic progress made by our students.

Despite being among the top performing schools in the country we are no results factory. We believe a school must be judged by the full range and depth of achievements of its students, and at Leighton Park we develop young people who understand, cherish, and make a difference to the world which they inherit.

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Leighton Park School

We are a school that inspires Achievement with Values, Character and Community. Our vibrant learning community empowers each student to achieve excellent outcomes, through supporting their choices, nurturing individuality and encouraging talent in whatever direction it may lie. Ours is an education for succeeding in life, as well as in academic assessments. Set in a delightful park in Reading, just outside London, our students have an enriching environment in which to learn, reflect and grow.

Category: Senior, Sixth Form

Pupils: Co-Education

Type: Day & Boarding

Religious Affiliation: Quaker

Roll: 309 Boys / 172 Girls

Age Range: 11-18 Years

Founded: 1890

Location Description

Set in 60 acres of parkland, 1 mile south of Reading. Close to M4 and River Thames and within easy reach of Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Matthew Judd

Shinfield Road, Reading, Berkshire

Tel: 0118 987 9600

Email: admissions@leightonpark.com



In addition to our IT suite and IT facilities, well-equipped Library, Sixth Form Centre with lounge, kitchen, garden and study space and Careers Library, we have a versatile theatre and concert space, drama studio, digital recording studio and technology suite and a modern and spacious Food Technology facility. The Michael Malnick Centre for Music and Media opened in Spring 2019, offers practice rooms and classrooms, a ‘live’ lounge inspired by Radio 1, which can be used for band rehearsals, recordings and broadcasts and a custom-built media room including a green screen, lighting, editing equipment and a surround sound cinema system.

Our excellent sports facilities include a Cardiovascular Fitness Suite with functional strength room, an Olympic lifting room and an ergo room. There are also all-weather surface tennis courts, extensive sports fields, cricket square, a flood lit AstroTurf used for hockey, basketball and netball and covered swimming pool.

Full, weekly and flexi boarding is available. Our boarding houses are well equipped with leisure facilities, for use of day pupils as well as boarders.


A limited number of Academic, Art and Design, Drama, Dance, Music and Sports scholarships are granted for entry to Year 7, Year 9 and Sixth Form on the basis of a competitive examination.

Entrance Requirements

Entry into Years 7-10: Tests in English, English Essay and Maths plus interview.

Sixth Form entry: required GCSE or equivalent results and interview.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to sit an EAL (English as an Additional Language) test and possibly other subject area papers depending upon previous educational background and subjects studied.

International students: arrangements can be made for students to sit tests at their current school. Interviews will be arranged and carried out using Skype. A birth certificate and passport will be requested to confirm identification and date of birth.


2019/2020. Per term. Junior pupils (Years 7 and 8): Day £6,255, Weekly Boarding £8,590, Full Boarding £9,985. Senior pupils (Years 9 to Upper Sixth): Day £7,895, Weekly Boarding, £10,635, Full Boarding £12,665

Sibling discount offered.



All visits are welcome, please contact the school

We hold regular Open Mornings which are the perfect introduction to Leighton Park. These comprise a short introduction to Leighton Park by the Head, a tour of a house with a Housemaster, then a tour of the school. Our Open Mornings take place on Tuesdays from 9.15am – 11.15am.

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.


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    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...

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    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...

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    The face shields initiative from Leighton Park’s partnership hub, Safer Vision, has discovered Covid-19 PPE can also be fun and friendly! With a recent flurry of orders from prep and primary schools preparing for the return of their pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 this week, the latest inspiration to hit the team...

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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,...

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    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...

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    Trial and tribulation augmented by a phenomenal soundtrack thrilled the audience from 4th to 7th February at Leighton Park School’s Senior School production of Chicago! Broadway’s longest running musical by Fred Ebb, gave students a chance to explore music, murder and media hype, following the lives of night club vixen, Velma Kelly, aspiring starlet, Roxie Hart,...

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    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...

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