Leighton Park has been awarded the Best Co-educational School 2021, South East England. The UK Government’s latest 16-18 years league tables reveal Leighton Park to be the best performing School in Berkshire and in the top 14 boarding schools in the country.
The School is particularly well known for its STEAM academic approach (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths), winning the national Award for Excellence in STEAM Education in 2020/21. The school particularly welcomes students with strengths in these areas. This might include students who are interested in the following areas: Engineering, Science, Computer Science, Product Design, Architecture & Medicine.
The School is also well known for the quality of its music provision. It is a Yamaha Flagship Music Education Partner, the only School in Europe to hold this accreditation.
Confidence building, participation, resilience and friendship. Co-curricular at Leighton Park has taken on different guises across the generations of Leightonians, but one thing remains a constant: our commitment to providing experiential learning opportunities which develop important skills in our students and form part of the bespoke character education profile of our School. They are an inclusive, kind and caring school which ensures this is within everyone’s reach. Students are at the heart of everything they do, and they believe in everyone’s potential to realise their interests and talents. They listen closely to our student council, co-curricular ambassadors and monthly meetings to reflect the needs of our students and offer a dynamic termly prog
EAL is offered to international students who require support, on both a one-to-one and a group basis by specialist teachers. These classes usually take place during the timetabled lesson when peers would be learning a second language. Students taking EAL are able to take public examinations for language qualifications in their native language which require much less preparation time. English language (IELTS) entry levels are : Years 7-9 -around 4-4.5, Year 10- level 5, Year 11 (Pre-Sixth) -level 5.5,
Lower Sixth level 5.5-6.
Leighton Park School is a mixed school that welcomes pupils from ages 11-18. Typically more than 25% of the pupils are international students. The school has approximately 520 pupils in total, of which almost 150 are boarders.
Last year 74% of students achieved A*/B. Normally three subjects, from a choice of 18, subjects are studied to a very high level Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) available for students.
Average class size is 16, as in lower years, 26 GCSE-level options available, many reflecting the School’s strength in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).
They are the only School in England that offers the iGCSE Global Perspectives as a core subject, reflecting the School’s commitment to intercultural understanding and peace
The School places great emphasis on educational trips to contextualise and enrich subject lessons.
Boarding is a wonderful opportunity for students to develop their independence and grow as individuals. Boarders enjoy a warm welcoming home from home with the support and facilities to excel. Each House is like its own community, with dedicated staff and plenty of opportunities to socialise.
Their boarding students consistently outperform day students in their academic progress
Set in 65 acres of Berkshire parkland in the town of Reading, 25 minutes from London.
The School has been recognised as a national leader in this area, gaining the Wellbeing Award for Schools accredited by the National Children's Bureau and winning the Independent Schools Association (ISA) national award for Excellence in Pupil Personal Development.
Their Quaker values of honesty, integrity and equality underpin the relationships between students and teachers, with an emphasis on mutual respect. Their starting point is to support students to develop a strong sense of self and then do everything we can to help them succeed.
Their Quaker values influence our strong pastoral care in the following ways:
Silent reflection built into School day, helping their students to be purposeful and kind to each other
Calling teachers by their first names breaks down some of the traditional barriers to communication and helps students to feel they will be listened to
An emphasis on students understanding and appreciating difference ensures students are supportive of each other – helping individuals to try new things and develop a strong sense of self, Sport and music for all approach is inclusive and brings the community together.
SEN provision-Leighton Park supports students who require up to one hour a week additional support for specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, working memory, slow processing etc through the school's Individual Learning Centre (ILC)