Set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland within walking distance of Reading town centre but only 30 minutes from central London and Heathrow airport, Leighton Park is home to a vibrant learning community for boys and girls from age 11 to 18, where students have time and space to live, learn and grow.
About the school
Leighton Park School offers a distinctive educational environment focussing on the individual. Our students are inspired to become creative, active, independent learners, which not only supports their academic achievement but equips them for their future lives. Our core values of respect, integrity, simplicity, equality, peace, truth and sustainability are at the heart of everything we do and permeate every aspect of school life.
From ages 11 to 18, students benefit from an academically rigorous and innovative curriculum where they are encouraged to think independently, creatively and critically. Students have access to a broad curriculum and subject options at GCSE and in the Sixth Form where students can choose between the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and A Levels. The sciences, mathematics and the creative arts, including music and art, are particular strengths of the school.
Flexibility in the length of the school day, with options between 7.30am and 9pm for day pupils, and the provision of over ten school transport routes, are designed to support parents with increasingly busy lives. Full, weekly and flexi boarders and day students all benefit from the vast range of extra-curricular activities, excellent boarding and catering facilities and supervised prep, helping families achieve that important balance between life at school and home.
Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees
A limited number of Academic, Art and Design, Drama, Music and Sports scholarships are granted for entry to Year 7, Year 9 and Sixth Form on the basis of a competitive examination.
These scholarships are also open to those already in the school. Candidates can apply for any combination of scholarships. Students may be awarded more than one but will only receive the financial benefits of one. The financial benefit will be in the region of 10% of Day Boarder Fees.
The scholarship assessments are taken after the main entrance exams in January. Candidates for the Academic Scholarship will be invited to the scholarship assessment based on their performance in the entrance test.
Once received a scholarship normally lasts throughout the student’s time at Leighton Park but is subject to a satisfactory review of progress each year.
For the academic year commencing September 2017, candidates must have registered for a place at the school by the 18th November 2016 before a scholarship application can be submitted. All scholarship applications should be received no later than the 9th December 2016. The scholarship assessments will take place on the following dates:
27th January 2017 - Drama
30th January 2017 - Music
31st January 2017 - Academic
1st February 2017 - Art
3rd February 2017 - Sport
For more details please see our website.
Very much at the heart of our Quaker values Leighton Park Trust aims to improve accessibility to those students who would otherwise be unable to benefit from its education on financial grounds.
Bursaries may be available in the case of financial hardship to existing and prospective students, though bursary funds are, naturally, limited. Bursaries are always means tested and subject to annual review. Application forms are required to be completed in all cases and are available from the Bursary once a student is registered or is a current student of the school. Students holding scholarships may also be entitled to bursary assistance.
The parents of all students offered a bursary will be expected to re-apply every year, and bursaries will be subjected to the same review every year.
All bursary applications for entry in September 2017, should be received no later than 31st December 2016. Any applications received after this date may be considered if funds are still available. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to request the bursary application form or for further information.
The fee structure allows day students to enjoy many of the benefits of the boarding environment at no additional cost, including breakfast, lunch, tea, supervised prep and most activities.
For the academic year 2016/17, the fees for each term are:
Junior (Year 7 and 8): Full Boarder £8,623 / Weekly Boarder £7,583 / Day Student £5,563
Senior (Year 9 and above): Full Boarder £10,808 / Weekly Boarder £9,302 / Day Student £6,940
For non-EU students joining the school, please see our website for more details.
Fees are payable termly in advance, together with the cost of personal extras for the previous term. Full fees are payable during absence. Appropriate insurance is arranged by the school to cover such eventualities (1% of the fees payable), the premium for which is charged to a student’s bill. Parents may opt out of this arrangement by notifying the bursary accordingly. Fees are set by the Governors at the end of the preceding Spring Term for the following academic year.
We are a selective school and students are required to achieve a satisfactory level in the entrance exams set. Admissions are usually into Years 7, 9 and Lower Sixth, although requests for entry into other years will be considered.
As the first step in making your decision we would encourage you (where possible) to visit us. We hold regular weekday Open Mornings and there are lots of opportunities available for you to meet our inspiring staff and students and to experience life here at the school.
The first step in the application process is to complete and return the Registration Form, accompanied by the registration fee of £100 for EU nationals or £150 for non-EU nationals. Please note, this fee is non-refundable.
If you are considering joining the Sixth Form you will also need to complete a Sixth Form Application Form and submit this, together with your registration form.
The registration deadline for September 2017 entry is Friday 18th November 2016. We cannot accept any student to sit the entrance tests unless they are registered.
For entry into Years 7-10, students are invited to attend our entrance tests which take place in school the January preceding September entry. The entrance tests include English, Maths and non-verbal-reasoning papers, and students will also have a short interview with a senior member of the Academic Team. For entry to the school in September 2017, the entrance tests will be held in January 2017, date to be confirmed.
For entrance into the Sixth Form, in ordinary circumstances students will not be asked to sit an entrance test but will be required to achieve the requisite GCSE or equivalent results. Students will be required to supply official documentation to verify their GCSE or equivalent results and an interview with a senior member of the Academic Team will be required.
Students whose first language is not English will however be required to sit an EAL (English as an Additional Language) test and may be required to sit other subject area papers depending upon their previous educational background and subjects studied.
For international students, we understand that it may not be possible for students from overseas to sit the tests at Leighton Park School. Therefore, arrangements can be made via the Admissions Office for students to sit tests, under strict examination conditions, at their current school. Interviews will be arranged and carried out using Skype. A copy of the student’s birth certificate and passport will be requested to confirm identification and date of birth.
On receipt of the completed Registration Form and associated fee references will be request in the form of a copy of the student’s most recent school report, as well as a confidential reference from the Head of the student’s current school.
For entry into Years 7-10, places are offered approximately two weeks after the entrance tests, and are based on the performance in these tests and the interview, combined with the reference and report from the student’s current school. Year 8 students taking common entrance exams at their current school will be expected to reach a good standard, but our own entrance tests will determine the offer of a place at Leighton Park.
For entry into the Sixth Form, conditional offers are based upon the reference received from the student’s current school, the interview and the achievement of at least five GCSEs at grade B or above, with grade A*-B in their chosen AS Level subjects or Higher Level IB subjects. Students taking maths at AS Level or IB Higher Level will require an A*/A grade at GCSE.
On receipt of an offer, you will be sent an acceptance form. In order to accept an offer, this form should be returned with the relevant acceptance deposit.
The following deposits are payable on acceptance of a place:
EU Nationals: £1,000
Non-EU Nationals: A deposit equivalent to 50% of annual fees is required.
Please note: a full term’s fees will be payable on or before the first day of term in addition to the acceptance deposit.
All deposits include a £100 subscription for lifetime membership of the school’s alumni association, ‘Old Leightonians’ and this element will be retained by the school when students leave. The balance of deposits is fully refunded and shown as a credit on the final leaver’s bill.