Leighton Park School: Reading, Berkshire, UK

Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Leighton Park School: Reading, Berkshire, UK

Price Range ₤ 30,000 - 40,000 per annum


Looking for a co-ed boarding school for boys and girls in England? Leighton Park School in Reading, Berkshire is one of them! Leighton Park School is a co-educational Quaker public school for both boarding and day pupils. Great connection with London airports.

At its core, a Leighton Park education focuses on the individual and the promise of choice. Their ethos informs an approach where students are able to follow their most impassioned interests, become active learners and succeed as themselves. 
Senior school from 11/13 to 16 years
College from 16 to 18/19 years

Year 7/8

In Years 7 and 8 (age 11 – 13) all pupils follow the same course, at the heart of which are the quaker values and the Learner Profile.

The curriculum comprises of the core subjects, approaches to learning, global communications and creativity, action and service (CAS). They will also study English, science, mathematics, creative arts: art, drama, music; technology: design technology, textile design; humanities:geography, history, religious education (beliefs and values); ICT; a modern foreign language (MFL): Global Communications (Year 7), German, Spanish or Mandarin, sport and physical education and personal social health and careers education which is known as 'Your Life' at Leighton Park. In Year 8 the expectation is that all students will study French as a second MFL in addition to whichever language they started in Year 7.

In addition to the core subjects, all students have CAS electives sessions, where they participate in games and activities.

Year 9

In Year 9 (age 13 - 14) pupils continue to follow a broad curriculum which builds on their previous learning, and extends well beyond the National Curriculum, comprising 17 subjects (more on http://www.leightonpark.com/Academic/Year9).

Sixth Form

All pupils follow a GCSE course comprising nine or ten subjects selected from a wide range of options. These are made up of core subjects, which all pupils must study, and optional subjects, from which four should be selected (and one reserve).

For full details of the GCSE Course options for 2013-2015, please click here.

Educational trips

These are an important element in many subjects and recent visits have included: Didcot Power Station, the First World War Battlefields, theatre trips, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the German exchange, Year 10 Spanish, Biology and Physics trips.

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 62 96 158
Day School: 112 217 329
Year of foundation: 1890
Some history:
Campus size and facilities:

65 acres


Contact school: contact-us

Website: http://www.leightonpark.com

Rolling or fixed admission date? Rolling

Application fee: 100

International application fee: 175

Cost of tuition

7 days boarding: 11.348

5 days boarding: 9.767

Day school only cost: 7.218

Percentage of students receiving some aid: 10%

Average aid awarded: 20%

Merit scholarschips:Offered

Percentage of students receiving merit scholarschips: 5%

Average merit scholarschip awarded: 10%

About the school

Long description:

An IB World School, our emphasis on problem-solving, critical thinking and intercultural skills ensures that every student can succeed in an ever changing, globalised world. Central to the school’s approach, we teach leadership, creative thinking and risk-taking, empowering students to be a force for good in the world and reflecting the school’s Quaker values.

The success of our academic approach is demonstrated by 95% of our Sixth Form leavers last year achieving their first UCAS choice and our small cohort IB results place us in the top 3 coeducational boarding schools in the UK.

All our students benefit from small class sizes. The average is 16 students per class, going down to 7 students in Sixth Form. Our dedicated teachers are able to cater lessons to each student and ensure they are kept on track both inside and out of lessons. This allows an unparalleled level of support and also a relationship between students and teachers, which allows students to feel that can speak honestly and openly to teachers about any problems they may be facing.

 35 minutes from London, close to Oxford, and surrounded by some of the most historic and picturesque countryside in England, creates unrivalled opportunities for students to enrich and contextualise their learning. The quiet moments and the calm atmosphere of our 60 acre park, encourage students to collect their thoughts and reflect within a caring community. All of this, and the focus on mutual respect, create a stable, unique and sustainable environment where children can live, learn and grow. 

Dorm Facilities:

Own room in Sixth Form, share with one or two others in junior and senior school

Dress code: Casual

Academic life

What we offer? A Level,GCSE/IGCSE, International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Pre-IB

Language used at school:English, French, German, Spanish 
Foreign Language Courses: Chinese Mandarin, French, German, Spanish, Greek, Latin 
History Courses: Classical History, European History, GB History, World History 
Social Sciences: Economics, Psychology
Science: Chemistry, Ecology, Physics, Maths, IT

Student/teacher ratio: 16

Social life & attractions


Our location, 35 minutes from London, close to Oxford, and surrounded by some of the most historic and picturesque countryside in the England, creates unrivalled opportunities for our students to extend and contextualize their learning

Clubs and free time attractions:
International Clubs, Math Club, Newspaper, Photography, Computer club, Gardening, Horseback riding

Sport and culture

What we offer? Swimming, Sailing, Basketball, Cricket, Field Hockey, Baseball Lacrosse, Football, Golf, Rugby, Volleyball, Aerobics, Dancing, Badminton, Tennis, Table Tennis, Camping, Cross country running, Horseback riding, Outdoor education & Survival, Equestrian  
Culture and arts: Performing Arts: Dance, Video&Film, Television Production, Theater Arts
Visual Arts:Art, Ceramics, Design, Textiles
Music: Band, Choral music, Composition, Electronic music, History of jazz, Individual Instructions, Music Theory, Opera, Orchestra, Principles of arranging, Recording, Songwriting, Voice

Famous People Who Attended This School


Prof Geoff Spedding (Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California)

Sir John Adye (Former Head of GCHQ)

Michael Jeliffe (Architect, Foster and Partners)

Dr Stephen Tsui (Director of Transplant Services, Papworth Hospital)

Prof Dan Reinstein (Pioneering Laser Eye Surgeon; founder of London Vision Clinic)

Prof Tim Williamson (Wykeham Professor of Logic, University of Oxford)

Prof Mark Rainforth (Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Sheffield University).


Creative arts

Sir David Lean (Oscar winning film director)

Jim Broadbent (Oscar winning actor)

Laura Marling (Award winning singer-songwriter)

Nathaniel Parker (Stage, film and television actor, including Royal Shakespeare Company)

Eliza Bennett (Actress)

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (Composer and jazz pianist)

Po Shun Leong (Artist)

Charlie Bewsher (Design Director, Creative Assembly).


Sir John Braithwaite (Chairman of London Stock Exchange)

Geeta Sidhu-Robb (Entrepreneur; award winning business woman)

Robert Chung (VP Citi-Bank HK)

Robert Youngjohn (EVP & GM HP Software, Hewlett-Packard; former President of Microsoft North America).


Michael Foot (Former Labour politician and party leader)

Helen Cadbury (Author, Campaigner)

Tony Baldry MP (Conservative politician)

Sir John Birch (Former Ambassador)

Baron Davies of Stamford (Former MP, minister and life peer)

Lord Gavron (Publisher and life peer).


Simon Clemison (BBC News Reporter)

Tom Esslemont (BBC News Reporter)

Ruth Wedgwood (Studio Manager, BBC World Service)

Why Should You Choose this School?

The success of school’s approach is demonstrated by UK Government 16-18 league tables, which place the school in the top 40 in England and the best performing school in Berkshire for the academic progress made by our students. Their students are confident and well-rounded and thrive within a culture of high performance. They value strong relationships and the importance of mutual respect. 



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