The Leys is primarily a boarding school, and our emphasis is on providing a caring, friendly and secure environment for all our pupils. Each child, whether a boarder or day pupil, is attached to one of 11 houses, where study areas and comfortable accommodation are provided, along with a high standard of pastoral care and supervision from housemasters or housemistresses.
The Ollie Feast Trust, in conjunction with The Leys, has provided sports packs to help families supported by the Red Hen Project.
3rd August 2020 — Since 2016 the annual four-day Ollie Feast Activity Camp has taken place every July at The Leys School in Cambridge. The Ollie Feast Trust, set up by Ollie’s father, Steve, was developed as a memorial to Ollie who died in 2015. The event aims to help disadvantaged children, from a number of different local schools, to develop their skills and capabilities through recreational activities offered free of charge by the school.
However, sadly due to the coronavirus restrictions, this has not been possible this summer. So instead, the OFT have been looking for other ways to give opportunities to young people in the area at this time and have formed a partnership with the Red Hen Project to deliver sports activity packs to the families that they support.
The OFT funded packs contain a variety of sports equipment along with accompanying resources to engage them and their families in sporting and leisure activities during the holidays.
It is hoped that the packs will give those without access to equipment and online activities or resources, the opportunity to engage in fun sporting challenges at home.
Steve Feast said :“The Ollie Feast Trust are delighted to be working again this year with The Leys School and local community leaders helping young people develop through sport and leisure. Covid 19 presents huge challenges to parents and carers as they seek to keep children stimulated and mentally and physically fit over a long break from school. So to have provided the sports packs as part of the Red Hen initiative, made huge sense to us as a charity. We are proud to be working with such great partners and look forward to continue building upon these relationships when we restart the OFT Summer School again next year, which we understandably had to cancel this year”.
"Miss Mac" runs - and raises £5K for local charity
Alyson MacPherson, Housemistress at The Leys School has raised over £5k for the Red Hen Project.
11th May 2020 — Starting at 8am on Friday 8 May and finishing at 8pm the same day Miss MacPherson, who is a Housemistress at The Leys School in Cambridge, ran non-stop around the school’s sports field to raise money for small, local charity, the Red Hen Project.
Sarah Crick runs the charity and said: “ Red Hen has been supporting families in north Cambridge for over 20 years. The -need has never been greater. We currently have 80 families receiving one-toone support from us as well as food and arts/craft packs. Life for these families was tough before the lockdown, the added burden is back-breaking. All the support we can get to keep our frontline staff, volunteers and supplies (food, cleaning products, toiletries) on stream is very gratefully received.”
The Leys began supporting the Red Hen Project at the start of the Covid-19 crisis when it donated art supplies for use in activity packs. “We quickly realized that many charities would start to feel the impact of the crisis once the lockdown began and wanted to help out where possible,” said Ed Durrant, Head of Outreach at The Leys.
Miss MacPherson said: “I wanted to support a local charity, in Cambridge, that focuses on the welfare and wellbeing of children. When I came across the work of Red Hen they seem to be a worthwhile project to support, especially in these difficult times.
"I have been a runner for many years, enjoying running long-distances but, given the lock-down, I am limiting myself to the playing field of the Leys School where I am resident as a house mistress. I have participated in a two-hour run in the past but that was over a six-mile loop where monotony wasn’t too much of an issue. A repetitive 500-metre loop of school field will be a different mental challenge.”
You can add to the donations received by visiting redhenproject.charitycheckout.co.uk/pf/missmacruns
The Leys Under 16s Squash team qualified for the Tier 2 Nationals, which were to have been held at Nottingham Squash and Racket Club on March 19 before the Covid-19 shutdown of schools and sport.
19th March 2020 — They earned their place among the eight finalists with good wins against Haberdasher’s Askes and Felsted B, and a narrow defeat to John Hampden Grammar.
Their day in Nottingham will be a tough one as they will be pitted against teams from much larger schools such as Sevenoaks and Bradfield.
Manager Peter White, PE teacher and Head of The Leys Sport Academy, said reaching the finals reflected the training and commitment of the squad over the past two terms. The players are: Gianluca Mews, Guy Alexander, Noah Thain, Tom Evers, Aston Laing and Richard Bramley. Squash Coaches at The Leys David Silk and Rob Dadds have been impressed with the progress and improvement all the players have made this year.
Diana Springall, the renowned textile artist and curator, was the special guest at a picnic lunch in the Art Department.
19th March 2020 — Ms Jessica Hebden, Head of Art, invited her to join Art scholars in the Art studio. The event was a way of thanking her for generously giving her library of art books, acquired during her long and illustrious career, to The Leys.
Diana Springall FDSC (Fellow of The Society of Designer Craftsmen) trained in Fine Art but made her name as the maker, designer and commissioner of many important works in textiles. These include panels for Chester Town Hall, hangings and panels for many places of worship, and a carpet for the London HQ of an international bank. She lectured on fashion and textiles for many years and has appeared on television to talk about contemporary embroidery. She is former chairman and Life Member of The Embroiderers’ Guild.
Art Scholar Tor L (L6) presented Mrs Springall with a framed copy of an etched bookplate she designed to put inside the donated books.
Mrs Springall was shown around the Art department by Ms Hebden. Commenting on the pursuit of an artistic career, Mrs Springall said: “To be an artist you have to love what you are doing. You will never be bored!”
The Leys was strongly represented in the recent Roy Burrell Cambridgeshire District Sports Awards.
18th March 2020 — The awards are given in memory of a Cambridge sports teacher. They recognise the sporting excellence and contribution to sport, inside and outside school, of Year 11 pupils nominated by their teachers.
Seventeen schools were involved, with around a 10th of the 220 nominees coming from The Leys. The Leys provided a dance show as an interlude at the annual presentation evening at Netherhall School. The performers were Emma B, India DW, Marianne F and Bea R.
The special guest was Sean Rose, double Winter Paralympian, who has achieved many of his own sporting dreams since breaking his back in a freak skiing accident in 2000.
The nominees from The Leys were: Cricket: Richard B, William R, Harry G, Nikkita C and Anna M. Rugby: James C-B, Ned G, and Leo M. Netball: Sophie C; Sophia B, Georgia D and Matilda W. Hockey: Hermione R, Liam S, Lucy S, Sachin C and Alex W. Dance: Emma B, India D-W and Emily D. Cross Country Miles B.
The annual Leys Musical Theatre competition is a well-established showcase which never fails to entertain and this year’s show was no exception.
18th March 2020 — Performance Director Cory Pulman Jones welcomed a large audience to the Winton Thomas Recital Hall. She explained that the coronavirus crisis had prevented Steven Levy , Old Leysian and guest judge, from coming because he had to deal with business matters at his Charing Cross Theatre. Max Kenworthy, Director of Music, stepped in to judge with Cory.
The audience was treated to a wide range of musical theatre pieces in three classes: Junior Solo, Duet, and Senior Solo. Each contestant spoke to briefly set the scene for their song. Piano accompaniment was provided by music teachers Scott Morrison and Chloe Emery. The judges deliberated, then Cory gave each contestant constructive feedback on their performances.
The Junior Solo winner was Enitan S’A, who was praised for her moving rendition of Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins. The Duet class winders were Tommy H and Joey C for Fine from Ordinary Days. The Senior Solo winner was Amira A, who sang Once You Lose Your Heart from Me and My Girl and Quiet from Matilda.