Leweston School: Sherborne, Dorset, UK

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Leweston School in Sherborne, Dorset, UK is boarding and day school for pupils aged from 3 months to 18 years, welcoming pupils of all denominations. The Junior Department of the school is co – educational and comprises pupils up to the age of 11, with boarding for girls from the age of 7. The Senior School offers both boarding and day places for girls from age 11 to 18. There are three boarding houses junior, middle and senior – on the main school site.  This excellent boarding school offers a great academic education provided in an environment which is both stimulating and inspiring to guarantee   academic success and personal satisfaction.  Girls go on to contribute to society in many different ways reflecting the number of possibilities which they may find at our school.

In 2017 Leweston announced a move to full co-education over the next four years. Registrations are being accepted for boys into Year 7, 8 and Sixth Form for September 2018 and Year 9 in 2019.

From 2019 this top UK boarding school will introduce a co-educational ‘diamond model’ making Leweston only one of a handful of schools in the country, and the only one in the local area, offering a structure which combines the academic benefits of single-sex education with the all-round advantages of co-education. Girls and boys in Years 9 to 11 will be taught separately in Maths and Science, but join together for other subjects, clubs and enrichment activities.

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GBP 10,185 per term

About the school

Leweston School was founded in Sherborne as St Antony’s school in 1891 by the Sisters of Christian Instruction. The senior school moved to the Leweston Manor estate in 1948 and became known as St Antony’s-Leweston School, in 1993 the Preparatory school followed. The school name was changed to Leweston School in 2007.

The main school building is a Palladian manor house built in the late eighteenth century. The school grounds occupy 46 acres (190,000 m2), and include the Chapel of the Holy Trinity, a Grade I listed building, built in 1616.The Trinity Chapel is the oldest building on the school site and is used regularly for smaller services. There is another chapel situated in the main school.

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Academic life

 Leweston Prep School

The children are firmly at the heart of everything there, small class sizes enable staff to develop a deep understanding of each child, learning exactly how to bring the best out of them. The small class sizes also contribute considerably to family atmosphere. Older children spend time supporting our youngest and, in turn, those children in the younger years follow their example and look to support one another.

Pupils have weekly lessons in Modern Foreign Language, Latin, Performing Arts, Music, Design Technology, ICT, Art, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Science, Swimming, PE and Games. These opportunities broaden their horizons and enable every child to discover their passion, and their strength. Balance is key at Leweston Prep. Pupils have time and space to benefit from beautiful site, with running clubs, Forest School, gardening and a daily welly walk for Pre-Prep pupils.

Leweston Senior School

Leweston delivers a broad and flexible curriculum that ensures balanced, appropriate and interesting learning opportunities for every pupil. The school’s focus is to enable pupils to achieve the best possible academic success. There is a strong emphasis on working hard, striving for excellence and independent learning however happy pupils are motivated pupils and students are encouraged to participate in sport, music and creative arts because learning takes place as much outside the classroom as within it. 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 subjects and teaching, the curriculum is considered, developed and changed to suit the academic needs of pupils an annual basis. The school prides itself on offering a bespoke approach to GCSE and A level choices where pupils are invited to select the courses that they want to study and the timetable is then constructed around them.

The Sixth Form

Moving into the Sixth Form provides pupils with new opportunities and exciting challenges marking the transition between school and university and a time for raising aspirations. While there is a supportive continuity throughout the school, Sixth Formers testify to the differences between their GCSE and A Level years at Leweston and they  welcome approximately 20% of students into the school at this stage. The Sixth Form at Leweston offers a broad and enriching curriculum. As well as exploring new areas of knowledge and new ways of studying, you will find opportunities for wide interaction with others, for leadership and involvement in the community as well as different experiences in sport, art and design, drama, music, travel and friendship. As a school Leweston attaches great importance to the skills and personal qualities that students gain, not only through their academic work, but also through other activities both in and out of school. 

Sport and culture

Sport and Physical Education play an important part of everyday life at this top boarding school and there is an impressive range of sports for pupils of all abilities to take full advantage of. The mainstream sports of Hockey, Netball and Tennis  but Leweston pupils dominate also the Cross-Country circuit at County and Regional level. 

This top boarding school boasts a vibrant cultural life which extends into every aspect of the school’s routine. Pupils are encouraged to develop their own centre of excellence, to grow in confidence and to be challenged and inspired.

Art and Design, Music and Performing Arts are widely practised and enjoyed at all levels. These subjects are taught to the highest academic standards by expert staff, providing the opportunity for each pupil to acquire the disciplines necessary to excel in the creative arts.

Location Description

Travelling to Leweston is more convenient than you might imagine. Situated 3 miles south of Sherborne it is just over 2½ hours drive from London, with easy access to Heathrow, Bristol and Southampton airport. Sherborne is on the direct main railway line from Waterloo Station, and takes approx. 2 hours.

Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6EN

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