Leighton Park School

Leighton Park School is 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: Boarding and Day

    Religious Affiliation: Quaker

    Roll: 321 Boys / / 204 Girls

    Day pupils: 393

    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, RG2 7ED

    Tel: 0118 987 9608

    Email: admissions@leightonpark.com



    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.

    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.



    All fees per term

    UK & EEA Students: Junior (Years 7 & 8)

    Day: £8,180

    Weekly boarding: £11,230

    Full boarding: £12,395


    UK & EEA Students: Senior (Year 9 & above)

    Day: £9,970

    Weekly boarding: £13,550

    Full boarding: £16,035



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    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    Annual Open Morning: Saturday 21 Sep 2024 - Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

    Sixth Form Open Afternoon: Saturday 21 Sep 2024 - Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

    Taster Day for Year 7 entry: Tuesday 1 Oct 2024 - Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

    Weekday Open Morning: Friday 11 Oct 2024 - Time: 9:00 am

    Taster Day for Year 7 entry: Tuesday 15 Oct 2024 - Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

    Taster Day for Year 9 entry: Thursday 17 Oct 2024 - Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

    Weekday Open Morning: Friday 8 Nov 2024 - Time: 9:00 am

    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: Please REGISTER  your details

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



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