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Leighton Park School
Shinfield Road, RG2 7ED, UK Reading
+44 (0)118 987 9600

Welcome to our school!

Leighton Park is a co-educational independent school for 470 day pupils and boarders aged 11 - 18 and drawn from almost twenty different countries.

Outstanding academic achievement and pastoral care are supported by the school's distinctive ethos, based upon Quaker values. Young people are part of a forward-looking, busy and active community that gives them an exceptional and enriching preparation for life, one where they have time: time to learn and to grow; time to understand themselves, their worth as individuals and the worth of others.

The beautiful park, within which the school is set, provides a surprising oasis of calm just minutes from the centre of Reading. Here is an ideal environment in which young people can live and breathe; study and learn, grow and mature.

Come and visit...

If you would like to visit Leighton Park, please contact Admissions to arrange an individual appointment. The next monthly Open Mornings are on Tuesday 18th September and 6th November, with Annual Open Morning on Saturday 6th October.

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Why choose LP?

Leighton Park is more than just a school. This is a community, one where academic achievement and pastoral care go hand in hand - and where pupils have time: time to learn, and time to reflect; time to grow and time to get to know each other and their teachers.

In short, you can have your cake and eat it! It is possible to have the highest academic standards - over 97% pass at A level for the past eight years - as well as the outstanding and distinctive quality of care, the development of individuality and a social conscience, for which Leighton Park is deservedly and equally well known.

The school is a vibrant and living 24/7 community. For 30% of the pupils (weekly and full boarders) it really is home from home. The 70% who are day pupils, are just as much a part of this, benefiting from the remarkable flexibility of the school day, and the residential experience of those around them.

Parents, pupils, staff and visitors often comment on the sense of peacefulness that characterises the beautiful Park within which the school is set. That's not surprising, given the school's Quaker ethos and the importance placed, for example, on finding peaceful ways to resolve differences.

Pupils come to value the tolerance and diversity reflected in the community. Leighton Park offers us a vision of how the world might be, with young people (and older!) from so many different backgrounds, religions, races, nationalities and cultures all getting on well, because it's the natural thing to do. The inclusivity of the school is one of its real strengths.

Another is the environment, which encourages an awareness of our world and our responsibility for it. There is space to live and breathe here, without the hectic chasing that is often associated with the word school.

Here, young people mature into young adults, encouraged to explore new ideas, try new activities, develop new skills and make new, lasting friendships, often from around the world, since nearly twenty countries are represented among the twenty percent of the pupils who come from overseas.

Come and see for yourself. Browse through the pages of this site, and request a prospectus. Above all, take the time to visit, to meet the pupils and to discover more. I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised!

John Dunston

Leighton Park School

Chemistry experiment


Academic approach

The curriculum at Leighton Park is designed to provide a broad and balanced education, in which pupils are challenged to reach the highest standards they can, in a particularly wide range of subjects.

In November 2004 the Independent Schools' Inspectorate reported:
"At A level, pupils' overall performance has been consistently well above the national average for all maintained schools, for pass rates, higher grades and average points scored per subject.  On both the points score and higher grades measures, the school has in fact consistently performed slightly better than the averages for maintained selective schools, which therefore represents at least a good standard, perhaps very good, by this more demanding comparison."

"Comparison with national comparative information shows the school's performance in GCSE examinations over the last three years to have been well above the average for all maintained schools for subject points scores and proportions of grades A* and A.  The school averages are in fact close to the maintained selective schools' averages on both counts."

For further details of performance in public examinations see academic success.

Click here to view the full ISI Inspection Report.
Click here to download a summary of the ISI Inspection report.

Additional support

Support is available for pupils with particular learning needs in the Individual Learning Centre. Specialist tuition is also available in for international students for whom English is an additional language.

Pupils comply with codes of conduct, not because an authority figure has dictated that they should, but because they respect the staff's viewpoints and have been helped to understand the reason for behaving this way. A parent (Year 8)

On the steps of theatre

How to apply

Our application process seeks to be as straightforward as possible, and to determine whether Leighton Park will be the best possible environment for your child to grow and develop.

The most common years of entry are Year 7, Year 9 and the Lower Sixth. However, if places are available, applications will also be considered for Years 8 and 10.

Detailed information about our application procedures depends upon your current country of residence. See applications by UK nationals or residents or applications by international students.

Places for Autumn 2007

If you are interested in a place for the next academic year please contact the  Admissions office, to check availability of places and to discuss a suitable time to sit the entrance tests.

Entry in September 2007:

If you wish your son or daughter to sit the Entrance Tests, please contact the Admissions Manager to arrange a suitable time. Tests comprise papers in English, maths and non-verbal reasoning and an interview.

Entry in September 2008:

Applications are now being submitted and are welcome; Entrance tests will take place  17th November 2007 and 19th January 2008.

Please also refer to the FAQs page which covers some of the questions most commonly asked by prospective parents.

Frosty school grounds

 Facilities at Leighton Park

Leighton Park is a campus with attractive buildings in extensive parkland. This tranquil and beautiful environment provides pupils with a sense of space within which they can live and work, reflect and grow. It also offers the ideal conditions for concentrated study or the pursuit of sports or leisure activities.

Facilities include:

  • Five houses for day and boarding pupils;
  • a networked ICT centre;
  • the David Linday Centre, which houses the physics, chemistry and design technology departments;
  • music school, including a suite of ten practice rooms, an electronic recording studio, a music technology suite, a recital room and two large halls, (new expanded music school opening Spring 2008);
  • an adaptable theatre and fully-equipped drama studio;
  • outstanding sports facilities, including a heated indoor swimming pool, floodlit Astroturf pitch, 16 tennis courts, excellent cricket pitch and fitness suite;
  • an impressively equipped art department providing the opportunity to work in a range of media, including: ceramics, printing, textiles, sculpture and photography;
  • an outstanding library in the heart of the school;
  • a dedicated Individual Learning Centre;
  • a multimedia languages centre (opened September 2005);
  • the Caradon Sixth Form centre (opened September 2006). See also Sixth Form;
  • The John Ounsted Building, the new Maths block (opened June 2007);
  • a superb dining facility, Oakview (opened September 2004);
  • a medical centre providing professional medical care and 24 hour cover.


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  • Quakers are people who believe there is that of God in everyone. They recognise no barriers of colour, class, or gender.
  • They regard honesty and integrity, simplicity, equality and peace as central to the manner in which they conduct their lives.
  • Life at Leighton Park reflects the school's Quaker foundation and is influenced by Quaker thinking and practice.
  • We seek to create a community of tolerance and understanding within which a balance between discipline, especially self-discipline, freedom and exploration is maintained.
  • The broad, multi-cultural and inclusive character of the school gives each pupil the opportunity to make choices and to participate, and to develop as a unique individual: to let their lives speak.
  • Teachers and scholars make a community living and working together under discipline in friendship and mutual respect. The Society of Friends & its schools (1946)
  • The staff's speedy understanding of my daughter's traits and adapting their approach to best support her quite took my breath away.

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