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  • The Leys School
    Trumpington Road
    Cambridge
    Cambridgeshire
    CB2 7AD
  • Head: Mr Martin Priestley
  • T 01223 508904
  • F 01223 505303
  • E admissions@theleys.net
  • W www.theleys.net
  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Cambridgeshire
  • Pupils: 562
  • Religion: Methodist
  • Fees: Day £14,985 - £20,760; Boarding £22,605 - £31,035 pa
  • Open days: October, November, March and May.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report
  • Linked schools: St Faith's

What says..

Head claims to be an accidental teacher. Originally wanted to be a diplomat and applied to join MI6: ‘I fancied being James Bond.’ Whilst waiting for vetting to join the fast stream civil service, taught, and caught the bug. ‘The...

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The Leys is one of Englands finest co-educational Boarding and Day schools for 11- 18 yr olds. Founded in 1875, the School is situated in the heart of Cambridge, UK on a 50-acre campus offering the 560 boys and girls a blend of traditional values and forward-looking approach to education, preparing them for the challenges and excitements which lie ahead at university and beyond. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head claims to be an accidental teacher. Originally wanted to be a diplomat and applied to join MI6: ‘I fancied being James Bond.’ Whilst waiting for vetting to join the fast stream civil service, taught, and caught the bug. ‘The civil service was not for me, too much use of the in and out tray.’

Headmaster

Since 2014, Martin Priestley. Oxford PPE graduate. Claims to be an accidental teacher. Originally wanted to be a diplomat and applied to join MI6: ‘I fancied being James Bond.’ Whilst waiting for vetting to join the fast stream civil service, taught, and caught the bug. ‘The civil service was not for me, too much use of the in and out tray.’ Previously taught at Uppingham and was head of Warminster before joining The Leys. Attracted to the school because of its...

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Special Education Needs

The Leys welcomes pupils with a diverse range of skills and talents. Selection procedures are designed to identify pupils who can cope with a curriculum aimed at gaining B grades and above in at least 5 of their GCSE subjects. They are then expected to follow further academic study at AS and A level to prepare for higher education in the future. Within this ability range, it is our aim to identify those pupils with learning difficulties and to help them to achieve of their best in all aspects of school life. We strive to assist them in becoming confident idependent learners equipped with the strategies to overcome their difficulties and so enable them to reach their full potential. The school employs specialist teachers to provide 1-1 support for those pupils who may need some specific help to develop the appropriate strategies which will enable them to participate fully in the academic and social life of the school. The emphasis is on the needs of the individual and the teachers in the Learning Support Department liaise with staff and parents to ensure that the pupils can flourish within the school. There is no in class support and lessons either take place in private study periods or after school. Not all those pupils with specific learning difficulties require direct support, but the Learning Support Department also monitors the progress of all pupils with a known difficulty, to ensure they are following an appropriate academic porgramme and have any necessary examination arrangements in place. Our contact with parents is very important and we value their input and help to support their child. Apart from initial screening, no assessment for specific difficulties is undertaken without discussion and permission from them and no information concerning pupils is given to staff without their knowledge and consent. However, we do encourage as much information sharing as possible as the more staff know and understand a pupil's difficulties, the more able they are to support them appropriately. As it is policy not to withdraw pupils from timetables lesssons, the staff are of paramount importance in the support network. The Learning Support Department therefore also has a valuable role in supporting and advising the staff on management in the classroom.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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