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  • Leighton Academy
    Minshull New Road
    CW1 3PP
  • Head: Mrs Joanna Young
  • T 01270 685185
  • F 01270 251086
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 2 to 11.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Cheshire East
  • Pupils: 485
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Early years provision Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 19th May 2011
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 7th December 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Truly comprehensive; pupils come from leafy suburbs and areas of high deprivation, yet school's a great leveller, offers equal ops and a bit more for those who don't get the support from elsewhere. The school’s achievements and awards rival those of many prep schools, and when you walk down the picture-filled corridors it’s hard to imagine you are in a deprived area, though the facilities aren’t all state-of-the-art. The real strengths lie in the attitude and accomplishments of the staff  – there’s an artist in residence, a German teacher with links to the Goethe-Institut, a speech therapist...

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What the school says...

The school has achieved three outstanding grades from Ofsted between 2004 and 2011.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2014 Joanna Young (40s), previously vice principal. She has worked at Leighton for 13 years, as a teacher and foundation stage coordinator.


Places are allocated in line with Cheshire's schools' admission policy: first to those resident within the catchment zone, together with looked after children, then siblings, followed by those not resident but attending a catchment feeder school, those with exceptional domestic reasons and, finally, those living nearest the school.

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Special Education Needs

We have a lot of expertise in mainstream special needs provision - the school was included as a best practice example in personalising learning in the GOVERNMENT WHITE PAPER (October 2005). We believe children with special needs should receive an exclusive education in small classes with specialist staff. Whilst our special units have now been closed, the school has retained the expertise of the staff to offer support to children with special needs in mainstream classes. The school also employs a speech therapist for 2.5 days per week and deploys three reading Recovery teachers. Additionally we have devised our own intervention for mathematics aimed at Y1 and Y2.Two of the teachers have specialist dyslexia qualifications. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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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