Leweston School is a Catholic, independent school for girls aged 11 to 18. Set in 46 acres of beautiful Dorset parkland the school sits just three miles outside the historic town of Sherborne.
Our motto, 'Gaudere et Bene Facere' - 'Rejoice and Do Well' dates from the seventeenth century and was adopted in the nineteenth by the School's founders, the Religious of Christian Instruction. The motto applies to pupils and staff alike and suggests not only that if something is worth doing, it is worth doing well, but also that it is worth doing in the right frame of mind; one which is positive, outgoing and cheerful.
Girls from Leweston are well-balanced young women who can take their place in the world with confidence. They go on to contribute to society in many different ways reflecting the many and varied opportunities placed before them at school.
This website is, of course, only a snapshot of life at our school. Better still, come and visit us! We are embarked upon the most exciting adventure of education which is still challenging and fun. Your daughter could benefit in so many ways and we look forward to meeting you with her so that you can see for yourself what we can offer her.
The ethos of any School has its source in the convictions of all those who work there, Governors, pupils and staff. All Schools have values: the extent to which those values are earthed in practice constitutes a School's ethos.
Courtesy, affection, a strong sense of community. Self-respect, respect for others and their gifts; respect for the academic enterprise. Qualities to which Leweston girls, at their best, aspire.
All this is underpinned by our determination to provide a contemporary education rooted in the Catholic tradition. That tradition is two thousand years young - it lives on with Christ at its centre.
Admissions and Scholarships
Welcome from the Registrar, Mrs Lison
I hope that you enjoy browsing through our website and that it encourages you to come and visit our thriving school.
Leweston is an academic school which accepts girls from 11 to 18. Entry is normally at age 11 into Year 7, at age 13 into Year 9 and age 16 into Year 12, although girls are accepted into any year group if appropriate. Entrance is dependent on testing usually through Common Entrance. For those not being prepared for CE we assess by other methods. Overseas students can arrange to be tested at their current school. A new entrants' day is held annually during which girls sit a series of academic, numerical and perceptual reasoning tests. Entry into the Sixth Form at 16+ is dependent on six good passes at GCSE and is at the absolute discretion of the Headmaster.
We would be delighted to hear from you and if you would like to discuss any aspect or our admissions procedure please contact the Registrar, Mrs Lison on 01963 211010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leweston provides a curriculum that, in keeping with the School's ethos, ensures for each of its girls balanced, appropriate and interesting opportunities for academic study. It is intended and planned to instil a love of learning and to inspire the life of the mind. The focus is to enable pupils to achieve the best possible academic success. Broadly, pupils in Years 7 to 11 are taught in the fields of linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological, human, social, moral, spiritual, physical, aesthetic, and creative knowledge and the School, throughout its curriculum, educates for high standards of speaking, listening, literacy, and numeracy.
The School includes in its core provision English, History, Geography, HEF, Maths, Science, PSHE and RE, Drama, Classical Studies or Latin, Music, one Modern Foreign Language, and PE. While traditional in the rigour and range of the subjects and teaching, in keeping with the 'contemporary' aspect of the School's Mission Statement and the School's intention to prepare girls for life beyond Leweston, the curriculum is considered, developed and changed to suit the academic needs of girls in a given year on an annual basis.