The Leys School


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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Methodist
  • Roll: 332 (Boys) 229 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 11 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1875

General Information

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.


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 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.

The majority of Leysians are boarders. 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.

Entrance Requirements

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.


Scholarships are available for entry to The Leys at 11+, 13+ or Sixth Form. Please contact the school for details.

Open Days

2018. Boarding Open Morning: Sat. 21st April.


2017/2018. Years 7 and 8: Day £5145 per term, Boarding £7765 per term.

Years 9 - 13. Day £7130 per term, Boarding £10655 per term, Home Boarding £8015 per term.


ISI Inspection 2014

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Martin Priestley

The Leys School
Trumpington Road

[t]: 01223 508904
[f]: 01223 505303

Location Description

50 acre site in the heart of historic Cambridge.

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School News

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The Leys and St Faith’s have been awarded the Cyber Essentials Plus security accreditation, following a rigorous review of their information security policy and procedures

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and network scans.

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed scheme to help protect organisations from common cyber security threats. Protecting academic and pastoral data is vital to schools. Adrian Lane, Managing Director of MASS, which carried out the review, said: “Adopting Cyber Essentials helps a school to manage its risk and give confidence to parents, staff, students and governors that information safety is taken seriously.”

Damian Glasfurd-Brown, IT Director at The Leys and St Faith’s Schools Foundation, said: “We are delighted that our systems, networks and administrative practices are judged compliant with the demanding Cyber Essentials Plus standard.”

The Leys independent day and boarding school Cambridgeshire

The Leys has been awarded the County Education title in the Aegon British Tennis Awards 2016.

Richard Hill, Head of Tennis, is pictured receiving the certificate

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from Nicky Maskens, who chairs the Lawn Tennis Association Tennis Development Committee. The awards ceremony was held at Emmanuel College.

The school was nominated on the basis of excellent provision and participation in the game (the school has 170 players and 20 teams, with 60 pupils receiving regular coaching), as well as in recognition of how it brings Tennis to a wider community through Leys Leisure, the Aegon school leagues, hosting the Davis Cup Legacy Tour and the Road to Wimbledon tournament.

Richard thanked everyone who delivers the Tennis programme: “The award is down to their dedication, commitment, enthusiasm and expertise.”

The leys independent school Cambridgeshire Physics Olympiad Gold

Zhengyan N (L6) has won Gold in the British Physics Olympiad AS Challenge, which is described by the organisers as “an exciting opportunity for students

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to stretch their lateral thinking skills and apply fundamental physical principles to novel situations”.

Zhengyan’s success put him in the top 100 entrants.

A delighted Zhengyan said: “It involved many calculations and the understanding of a wide range of aspects of Physics. I am going to complete A2 Physics and I plan to study mechanical engineering at university.”

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