Leweston School


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
  • Roll: 69 (Boys) 256 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 0 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1891

School Contact Details

Leweston School

[t]: 01963 210 691
[w]: www.leweston.co.uk

Location Description

Situated in 46 acres of stunning Dorset parkland, just south of Sherborne.

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School News

Leweston girls' independent day and boarding school Dorset
Seven of Leweston School’s students took part in the World Laser-Run Championships in Dublin, representing Great Britain. The Laser-Run is a continuous Shoot to Run and

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this event is one of the elements in the Modern Pentathlon, run by the world’s governing body, Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM).

The Leweston School competitors had some fantastic results, with special recognition to the Under 15 category. Darcy D, Year 8, raced hard with the lead changing throughout the race but at the end took the Gold Medal to be the Under 15 Girls World Champion. She was also part of the Gold Medal winning team.

Darcy is only 12 years old and at such a young age has some phenomenal achievements under her belt already. Darcy is part of the Leweston Pentathlon Academy and previously won the IAPS 1500m, gained Silver in the European Triathle and Biathle Championships in Germany and is now a World Champion.

The results at the World Laser-Run Championships were a great achievement by all the Leweston School competitors, and the School were delighted to have the first boy, Charlie O., Year 4, from the School to run in a GB vest.

Leweston girls' independent day and boarding school Dorset

Leweston Prep is delighted to be shortlisted for the Independent School Parent Magazine’s Independent School of the Year Awards.

The aim of Independent Schools of

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the Year 2018 was to highlight the quality of the student experience in independent schools and Leweston is over joyed to be nominated for Independent Pre-Prep of the Year, this comes after Ofsted awarded the School ‘Outstanding’ earlier in the year.

Leweston’s pupils celebrated their nomination at, a very popular, Grandparents’ Day on Friday 28th September. The children’s grandparents came and enjoyed plenty of fun activities and a tasty lunch with their grandchildren.

The results for the award are due in December.


Leweston School Independent Dorset Leweston pupils to represent GB at the European Biathle and Triathle

6 Leweston pupils will be representing Great Britain at the European Biathle & Triathle in Weiden Germany on 27-29 July.

Hettie is the youngest competitor, taking

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part in the U9 Biathle which is a continuous run-swim-run. In the Triathle, which is a continuous shoot-swim-run, Evanna will be taking part in the U11, Ginny U13, Vivien & Darcy U15 and Mimi in the U17.

Mick Flaherty, Head of Pentathlon at Leweston, will be going with the GB team as the national Biathle & Triathle Coach, plus Philip Hobbs, one of Leweston’s shooting coaches will also be going with the team as the shooting coach for the Triathle.

This is a great achievement for the girls and the School’s Pentathlon Programme to have so many pupils representing Great Britain!

Leweston independent girls day and boarding school Dorset

Pupils getting their GCSE results at Leweston School today have achieved three times the national average for the new grade 9s, with a

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pass rate of 12% compared to 4% nationally.

30% of all examinations taken achieved grades 9 or 8 (equivalent to A** and A*) with 82% graded at 9 to 5 (A** to B) and, whilst 66.9% of entries across the country scored 4 and above this figure was 94.4% at Leweston.

Special mention must go to:

Kate B from Yeovil who gained 9 grade 9s, A** in Further Maths and one grade 8, narrowly missing out on a clean sweep of 9s which was achieved by only 732 pupils nationally.

Naima H from Yeovil who achieved 5 grade 9s, 5 grade 8s and A in Further Maths.

Daisy P from Sturminster Newton who achieved 3 grade 9s, 6 grade 8s and 1 grade 7.

Kate Reynolds, Head of Leweston, congratulated the students on their achievements:

“We are delighted with this year’s GCSE results.  This is the first year that the majority of subjects appear in the new numerical grading system and approximately 90% of entries were in the new format, with more challenging content and an emphasis on final exams.

Leweston offered 21 different subjects at GCSE this year and 8 different departments achieved  the equivalent of 100% A*-B.  These excellent results are thanks to our students and staff working so closely together to master the new specifications. I am particularly thrilled that we have so many students choosing to complete their studies in the Sixth Form at Leweston and I look forward to seeing what they achieve over the next two years.”

Photo left to right, Molly S-D, Helena B

Leweston School Independent Dorset Leweston School Independent Dorset Leweston Pupil Tessa Overcomes Life-threatening Illness to Achieve Top A Level Results

18 months ago Tessa B from Sherborne was forced to stop her A Level studies due to a life-threatening illness that saw her on

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life-support in intensive care for over three weeks. Her illness prevented her from attending school for the rest of the academic year. Tessa, a student at Leweston School, Sherborne, was determined to resume her studies in September and is today celebrating outstanding results with an A* in Psychology, A in Biology and D3 in the English Literature Pre-U (equivalent to A*).

Mrs Kate Reynolds, Head, said ‘I am delighted for Tessa. Her results are a credit to her character, her resilience and determination. The temptation was just to return to school to get her results but Tessa went above and beyond embracing her new year group and supporting other students throughout the school. She was a role model to us all with her love and zest for life.

Tessa’s story is a testament to the support of her family, the dedicated teachers we have at Leweston and the strong community at the school. Her previous year group were with her throughout her illness raising money for Brompton Hospital ICU, and she will be celebrating in the month ahead inter-railing with three of them.

Of course Tessa is just one of many individual stories of hard work and all our pupils’ results are a source of great celebration. We are equally proud of our students’ outstanding extra-curricular achievements so important to their success and soft skills in the workplace.’

Across the entire year group 41% achieved A* and A grades and 16% of all exams were passed at A* or Pre-U equivalent, an increase on last year and twice the national average. The School’s French Department achieved 100% A* to A grades and English, Maths and Art and Textiles saw over 50% of entries with A*s or As.

Leweston’s run of Oxbridge places continues with Krysia S; her four A*s have secured her a place to read Medicine at Cambridge. Particular mention should also go to Willa F, from Beaminster with A* in Fine Art, A in Classics and D3 (A*) in English Literature.

Mrs Emma Massey, Head of Sixth Form at Leweston stated:

“Our focus on the individual interests and aspirations of the students is reflected in the wide range of courses and destinations this year. Students have secured places to read: Medicine, Chemical Engineering, Law, Psychology, Midwifery, English and Creative Writing, Accounting and Finance, Product Design, International Management, Modern Foreign Languages and Theology.  Almost all Leweston’s leavers have won places at their chosen universities or specialist colleges.

Photo: L-R Ottie G, Tessa B, Lauren S, Alice L

Leweston School Independent Dorset Leweston's victory at the Dragon Boat Race

Leweston’s team of 17 pupils, 16 paddlers and 1 drummer, had a fantastic morning at the Sherborne Fair, coming home with four wins under their

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belt at the Dragon Boat Races.

Leweston’s Youth Team of 11 to 15 year old girls, won three prelim round races competing against adult teams and the youth final against sea cadets for a second year running.

On top of these already fantastic accomplishments they also achieved their best time of 1 minute 7 seconds which is just a few seconds off of the time of the winning adults team.

The team also wanted to raise funds for the charity People First Dorset.

Leweston’s association with the Charity began last year when one of their members came to deliver an assembly.  Since that time Leweston have endeavoured to build links with this important, local charity.

People First Dorset is a user-led charity supporting people with learning disabilities to speak up and lead change. Projects include the Friendship Club, a club for adults with learning disabilities (18+) where people can safely enjoy social events, friendship and fun in their local community. They also run a Young Friendship Club for young people with additional needs and disabilities, aged 15-19. Leweston’s pupils hope to raise £400 from their superb day at the Dragon Boat Races.

Leweston School Independent Dorset Leweston Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep Sports Day

Leweston Nursery, Pre Prep and Prep’s annual Sports Day was held on Tuesday 19th June. The children showed brilliant teamwork and put all their efforts

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into each activity, including long jump, vortex throw, high jump, obstacle course relay, sprint and distant running races, and speed bounce. The day was very enjoyable with the pupils taking part in a variety of sports, not forgetting the fantastic effort from our Nursery parents who sprinted the 100 meters!
Congratulations to St Anne’s House who scored the most overall points.

Leweston Prep School Independent Dorset Leweston Prep pupils dazzle audience with their Production of 'Geriantics'

“Have you ever wondered what the residents in a care home get up to while the members of staff are not looking? ‘Geriantics’ takes you

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on a comical journey from toe tapping songs to the rekindling of youth as the residents break every rule in the book in order to execute their secret mission. Looking back at the old days with fondness is good but there is nothing like becoming a local celebrity to enhance the energy levels!” Written by Esther Robotham and Jane Robotham.

After weeks of hard work, research and rehearsals, Year 3 to Year 6 put on three outstanding performances of their Production, ‘Geriantics’. The pupils visited The Old Vicarage Care home in Leigh where they spoke to the residents to get a feel for what life is like living in a care home. They then worked with determination on their scripts, singing and fantastic costumes.

Thank you to Leweston’s Head of Prep Music and Performing Arts, Jane Robotham, and daughter Esther for writing the comical script, to The Old Vicarage for being so welcoming and helpful, and of course to the pupils for working so hard to put on a dazzling performance!

Leweston would also like to thank St Mary’s Marnhull, Preston Primary and Leweston Prep’s friends and family for coming to watch the pupil’s hard work be brought to life.

Leweston School Independent Dorset Year 7 Leweston pupils raise money for Water Aid

“After studying the water issue, our class has become very passionate about this subject. We feel that it is up to us and anyone our

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age to help those in need: we are the ones who need to be educated about such things, so we can deal with them not only in the future, but also in the present. Any money spent in the tuck shop or on cakes is going to Water Aid as well as all the money we have raised thanks to all of our pupils wearing blue. Here is how the money will come into use: £15 helps provide clean water for 1 person or 5 plastic taps in Sierra Leone, £30 buys a toilet for a household in India or hand washing stations for 3 families in Mozambique, £50 buys a hand pump in Nepal or a set of tools to build the structures that will bring clean water. We have also been trying to raise awareness of how desperate people are for clean water and of the importance of good hygiene.”

– Serena M. Year 7

Since learning about the millions of people around the world living without clean water, toilets and hygiene, Leweston’s Year 7 pupils have been passionate about raising funds for Water Aid to go towards projects that work to help the many people in need.

The pupils have been raising money through sales at break time in the Tuck Shop, selling cakes they each made in their own time at home, and a Mufti Day in which everyone came into School wearing blue. On top of this, they held an assembly informing everyone about the issue and why everyone doing their bit to help is so vital. After their assembly Year 7 asked staff and students to form a line and pass 5 litres of water along the pipeline using 250ml cups without spilling any liquid. The end of the pipeline then had to fill a 5 litre container. The activity was created to get the students to think about how long it can take to collect water and how difficult it can be in some countries.

Year 7 managed to raise an impressive £250 for Water Aid.

Leweston School Independent Dorset Leweston KS3 Showcases

Last week Leweston’s pupils performed in their annual KS3 Showcase Performances. After weeks of performing arts lessons and hard work, covering three genres, the pupils

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performed three brilliant productions. Leweston continues to believe that Performing Arts was allocated a place on the curriculum, not to produce the perfect ‘show’ but to promote confidence and communication through patience, understanding, inclusiveness and forgiveness.

Year 7 performed the Greek drama, ‘Frogs’ by ‘Aristophanes’, a play with interchangeable characters and humour. Year 8 performed the Musical Theatre piece ‘The Addams Family’ and Year 9’s Theatre in Education project was ‘I love you Mum’ by Mark Wheeler, based on original interviews. The play was commissioned by the parents of 16 year old Daniel Spargo-Mabbs after his drug related death. Originally written for 16 players, Year 9 adapted it to involve a large ensemble while adhering to the core principles of verbatim theatre. The performance was used as a fundraising project for the DSM Foundation and the pupils have now raised over £600.

The showcase represented a different journey for each pupil taking part and those that teach them appreciate the continued support of the school and our audiences.

Photo: Year 8’s ‘The Addams Family’

Leweston Independent Dorset Girls Leweston's DofE team visit Buckingham Palace

Over 3000 young people were presented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award certificates at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 24th May. Five of the Leweston DofE

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team were lucky enough to be invited to the memorable event and were presented with their certificates by the Earl of Wessex, with Prince William, Princess Eugenie and celebrity guests also present.

Only 20% of Gold DofE participants complete their award so this is a massive achievement for Leweston’s team and well deserved after all their fantastic efforts.

Leweston Nursery Independent Girls Dorset Leweston Nursery and Prep take part in the 'Daily Mile'.

Leweston’s Nursery and Prep are delighted to be participating in the Daily Mile. The Daily Mile is an initiative that has quickly spread across schools in

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the United Kingdom and is now reaching various countries in Europe. The Nursery has already completed three weeks which the children and staff have thoroughly enjoyed, with staff already noticing the benefits.

Lots of the children have joined in ‘The Daily Mile’ which started last week in the Prep and will be continuing daily in Leweston Prep School’s Walled Garden. Children can head in, pop on their trainers and run! Staff and parents have also been running with the children.

The beauty of the daily mile is that children are not required to get dressed into different clothing; they simply need a pair of trainers. There is nothing to set up or tidy away at the end which means the entire daily mile can be done in fifteen minutes first thing in the morning. All children and staff run at a pace of their choosing, as well as stopping to catch their breath whenever they feel the need to do so.

There has been a lot of research recently on the benefits of the initiative, finding that the Daily Mile :
– Raises the awareness of health and exercise
– Improves body composition
– Helps children and staff maintain a healthy weight
– Improves concentration
– Balance, fine motor skills and gross motor skills are improved
– Improves happiness
– Improves mental, physical and social well-being.
along with multiple other benefits.

Everyone has thoroughly enjoyed participating so far and we are looking forward to seeing further positive outcomes as a result of taking part in the Daily Mile.

Leweston Girls Independent Dorset Leweston's Year 3 Crime Scene Investigation.

A full scale investigation was underway Friday morning in Year 3’s classroom following a crime that was committed overnight. Pupils arrived in the morning to

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find a peculiar looking room.
They were then tasked with identifying the suspects and catching the criminal.
The investigation resulted in a very guilty Head of Prep being apprehended after lunch!

This exercise tied in with their current forensics module in science.

Leweston Girls Independent Dorset Leweston's Year 4 experience Egypt in a day.

After a fascinating trip to The Tutankhamun Exhibition, Year 4 felt inspired by Egytian traditions and lifestyle. They came into school dressed in Egyptian clothing,

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and following a series of urgent notices from the Pharoahs, they engaged in tasks such as making clay canopic jars, designing symbolic jewellery and sampling food for an Egyptian feast.

Massive congratulations to Leweston’s dressage team who won the NSEA Team Dressage Championships at the recent NSEA Championships at Addington Manor, Buckinghamshire. This comes on

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the back of Leweston retaining the NSEA Regional Points League title for the South West Region.

The team was Coco S, Maria S, Sophie S and Isabella C with the three best scores to count. Two rode ‘Novice Tests’ and two rode ‘Preliminary Tests’.

Leweston also had two riders in the top 8 in the Individual Dressage Championships with Isabella C  Individual 3rd and Maria S Individual 5th. At the same event Leweston was placed as the 4th Team in the 1m/1.05m Show jumping final with three of the same riders, demonstrating how versatile the team is.

The School riding squad now has 24 riders and at our recent NSEA affiliated Show Jumping we were encouraging the younger riders by holding Grassroots Qualifiers at the lower heights.

Applications for Equestrian Scholarships for 11+ and 13+ 2018 entry are open now.

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