Leighton Park School
Located in Reading, Berkshire, Leighton Park is a school founded upon Quaker principles where students and staff from all religious and non-religious backgrounds work side by side to mould a strong community spirit. Quality, respect and integrity underpin the School’s ethos. Leighton Park is conveniently situated for the M4 motorway and access to London’s airports, while Paddington station in London can be reached in 30 minutes by train.
A Leighton Park education is truly holistic. Students engage with the natural world and become active learners outside the classroom as well as inside. Young people have a real grasp of what and why they are studying, and develop skills which will prepare them for university and the future.
Boarding and day pupils eagerly mix within five boarding houses. The quality of pastoral care is very much valued by the School, and a personal tutor is assigned to each student to be at hand for advice. There is a health centre on the School’s site.
Art, drama and music are areas in which students excel. They benefit from an amazing concert hall, drama studio, rehearsal rooms and a music technology suite with digital recording studio. There is also a multimedia modern languages centre, a science and technology centre, a Sixth Form centre and a purpose-built maths block. A brand new food technology facility has recently been built. For active types, there is an indoor swimming pool, floodlit all-weather pitch and gym.
The School has its own renowned restaurant, Oakview, which has panoramic views of the Park. A varied menu of locally sourced, freshly cooked cuisine, keeps students healthy. Special religious and other diets are catered for from day to day.
The School has a proven record of academic excellence for GCSE, A-level and International Baccalaureate. Many Sixth Form students accept offers from Oxbridge and Russell Group universities, as well as prestigious conservatoires such as the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and Guildhall.
Extra English language support can be provided by the ESL (English as a Second Language) department if necessary.
Students at Leighton Park are prepared for lifelong learning in the 21st century owing to an enhanced curriculum which is dominated by four core themes: innovative technology; approaches to learning; community, action and service; and global communications.
A bumper choice of hobbies, sports and activities are available to both boarders and day students, including sailing, cookery and robotics. Boarders also benefit from a busy programme of weekend activities, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is thriving at the School. Regular sports and music tours abroad give students the chance to visit South Africa, Scandinavia, Hong Kong, Sicily and several countries in central Europe.