The Leys School
Set in the centre of the beautiful and stimulating city of Cambridge, one of the world’s leading cultural and academic cities, our unique location allows our pupils unrivalled opportunities to achieve the exceptional. Our added-value in academic progress is among the most impressive in the country, and the range of creative, cultural and sporting opportunities is breath-taking.
We are rightly proud of our pupils’ achievements, both in the classroom and outside it, but the greatest pride we have is in the pupils themselves. They are our greatest achievement.
Category: Senior, Sixth Form
Type: Day & Boarding
Religious Affiliation: Methodist
Roll: 346 Boys / / 224 Girls
Day pupils: 211
Boarder Number: 359
Age Range: 11-18 Years
50 acre site in the heart of historic Cambridge.
School Contact Details
Headteacher: Mr Martin Priestley
Trumpington Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 7AD
Tel: 01223 508904
The Leys is a Methodist foundation. The School Chapel, a Grade II listed building, is one of the most beautiful buildings on campus, offering pupils a restful haven from the busy demands of the school day. Regular services are held during the week and on Sundays, enabling plenty of opportunity for prayer. The School Chaplain is always on site
Art is based around a large, purpose built, light filled studio. Pupils have access to a ceramics room, printmaking studio, specialist library and the Upper Sixth enjoy their own studio spaces on the mezzanine level. For Design Technology there are two large multimedia workshops and a design room. Extensive equipment allows for challenging projects to be made in wood, metal and plastics. We have a purpose-built state-of-the-art Theatre and Performing Arts Centre and fully equipped Language Laboratory. The Music School plays a vibrant and central role in the life of The Leys, running a wide variety of extra-curricular ensembles in which pupils are actively encouraged to participate.These include the larger ensembles such as the Chapel Choir, Chamber Choir, Orchestra, Wind Band and String Orchestra; and smaller ensembles including String Quartets, Flute Choir, Jazz Band, Brass Group, Clarinet Group and Guitar Group.
The Sports Centre has a large sports hall with sprung wooden floor, a weights and cardiovascular gym, a projectile range with indoor cricket nets, three glass-back squash courts, an aerobics area and the PE classroom. Outside sports facilities include a full size floodlit astro-turf pitch which provides the base for invasion games and converts to twelve tennis courts in the summer, a 25-metre heated indoor swimming pool which is fully equipped for competitive swimming, water polo and canoe polo. Everyone takes part in sport, whether as a member of a team in hockey, rugby, swimming or netball, perhaps – or individually, in areas like trampolining, squash or aerobics. We also have a professional dance studio, 50 acres of sports fields and a purpose built boat house.
A new Vision Studio for Virtual Reality learning is to open in September 2021.
The majority of Leysians are boarders in our 11 boarding houses. Some pupils at The Leys take advantage of our ‘home boarding’ facility where pupils sleep at home yet participate fully in daily school life. Pupils eat supper in School, as well as complete their prep and evening activities, so in effect they participate almost fully in the daily routine yet remain in close contact with their families.
Outdoor pursuits such as canoeing, climbing and orienteering are on offer. The Combined Cadet Force and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme provide worthwhile challenges of a different sort.
Scholarships are available for entry to The Leys at 11+, 13+ or Sixth Form.
Please contact the school for details.
11+ and 13+: English, Mathematics and Reasoning (verbal, non-verbal and spatial), current school report.
16+: at least five passes at GCSE at Grade B or above, and at least Grade C in Maths and English. Grade B pass at GCSE is almost invariably the minimum requirement for starting an A Level subject; Grade A is preferred. Current school report.
Years 7 and 8:
Day £5735 per term, Boarding £8655 per term.
Years 9 – 13.
Day £7945 per term, Home Boarding £8930 per term, Boarding £11,870 per term.
All visits are welcome, please contact the school
Open Morning: Saturday 5 Feb 2022 -
Open Morning: Saturday 23 Apr 2022 -
A typical Open Morning programme will include
Tour of The Leys with a pupil guide.
Tour of a Day or Boarding House by a Housemaster or Housemistress.
Question and Answer session.
In order to arrange the correct number of guides and catering, it is essential to BOOK A PLACE for an Open Event. It may be necessary to limit numbers or arrange an alternative visit if a particular date proves very popular.
Please contact the Admissions Team at email@example.com or +44 (0)1223 508904 for further details.
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The Leys Chapel Choir sang Evensong in the magnificent setting of St Paul’s Cathedral. The 32-strong choir also performed the Gloucester Service by Herbert Howells and the anthem was Beati Quorum Via by C.V. Stanford. Max Kenworthy, Director of Music, said: “The choir responded well to the building and adapted to the acoustics with great...Read more
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