Situated just outside Sherborne in 46 acres of beautiful Dorset parkland, Leweston's Junior Department offers a challenging and inspiring education to girls and boys aged 3 months to 11 years. The Senior School, which takes girls from the age of 11 to 18, is on the same campus, offering continuity of education for girls right through to A Level. Full, weekly and flexi boarding options are available for girls from age 8.
Imagine a school set in 46 acres of Dorset parkland, where every boundary is either a field or wood and happy children work, explore and play creatively and purposefully together. Leweston is a Catholic School which offers a warm welcome to children of all denominations and emphasises the integration of Christian principles into daily life. Traditional values of work and behaviour are held in high esteem and emphasis is placed on pastoral care. The School motto 'Gaudere et Bene Facere' - 'Rejoice and Do Well' reflects the importance of high academic standards, together with artistic, musical and sporting excellence achieved in an atmosphere of joy, vibrancy and faith in God. Great emphasis is placed on living by the 'Golden Rules' and children of all ages benefit from the outstanding pastoral care which emanates from the committed and enthusiastic teaching staff. The chapel lies at the centre of our school and provides opportunities for families to pray, reflect and celebrate together. The small classes and state of the art learning environment create a strong and caring family based school, which makes it a very special place in which to study. Current parents and pupils know that the value of the first hand Leweston experience far outweighs the paper prospectus or electronic imagery. As one parent recently said '[…] has blossomed at Leweston and it is quite remarkable how a pupil's talents are discovered and developed at the school.' Visit us to see for yourself why Leweston is a very special place and one that you will certainly want to return to.
Scholarships and Bursaries
The Junior Department awards scholarships for entry into years 4 and 5 in the areas of: Academic Excellence, Music and Sport. Scholarships of 10% (Minor) - 20% (Major) of tuition fees for Academic Excellence, and 5% (Minor) - 10% (Major) of tuition fees for all other areas, are awarded on merit. We may also supplement these with further financial assistance based on your family's needs though a means tested bursary. Junior Department scholarship days are held annually at the end of November.
Leweston offers a limited number of means tested bursaries to families from a broad range of income levels. However, for our bursary programme to be truly effective and to aid as many deserving families as possible, it is expected that families will make their children's education a financial priority. Bursaries may take a variety of forms. Examples include a percentage of tuition or boarding fees, a proportion of the difference between tuition and boarding fees, and a fixed sum.
Leweston has had many years’ experience in catering for the needs of Forces families. As a boarding and day school we offer a range of different boarding options that allow girls and their families to find a style of boarding that works well for them, be it full, weekly or flexi boarding. Our boarders enjoy a busy and varied programme of activities both in the evenings and at the weekends.
Leweston offers a 10% discount on the full boarding and tuition fees for daughters of military families (this will increase to a 20% discount from September 2017). Fees can be reduced further still if families are entitled to the MOD Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA). Please see the download below for a breakdown of the costs.
To find out more please contact the Admissions Team on 01963 211010 or email email@example.com.
An Affordable Education From Day One at Leweston
In response to national concerns that Independent School fees are becoming unaffordable to all but the most affluent, and in our efforts to remain true to our aim of ensuring a Leweston education is accessible to as many local families as possible, Leweston reviewed its fee structure in the Junior Department and introduced a new competitive day fee from September 2016. For more information please see: http://www.leweston.co.uk/index/admissions/fees/