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  • Leighton Park School
    Shinfield Road
    Reading
    RG2 7EE
  • Head: Nigel Williams
  • T 01189 879600
  • F 01189 879625
  • E admissions@leightonpark.com
  • W www.leightonpark.com
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Reading
  • Pupils: 463; 97 full, 34 weekly, 16 flexi boarders (roughly two-thirds boys). ; sixth formers: 151
  • Religion: Quaker
  • Fees: Boarding £22,749- £33,174; Day £16,689 - £21,570pa
  • Open days: Monthly Open Mornings / individual meetings with the Head are available: please see website for details
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Probably not a school for workaholics but then, they probably wouldn't come. Very much a school for joiners-in and those with breadth and brain... 'If we fall out we tend just to fix it and hug it out'...your shoulders drop as you step out of your car and breathe out. We loved the year 10 work on 'Surfaces, facades and veneers' and the sixth form studio was full of mind-stretching, clever creativity, alongside examples of the crucial skills of drawing and painting. Many staff live on site and have boarding duties. Head's modest house, also on site, all adds to the sense of community...

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What the school says...

Leighton Park is a strong and supportive community, in which each individual is welcomed, nourished and celebrated. Set in a delightful park, our students have an enriching environment in which to learn, reflect and grow. With Quaker values held strongly at the centre of all that we do, we encourage our students to think, to listen, to reflect, and to seek truth.

You will be struck on visiting us by the warmth of relationships which characterise the school; the wealth of opportunities for development of body and mind; and the sense of calm and space in which that development is able to take place.

While our academic results are outstanding, the success of any school must be judged by the full range and depth of achievements of its students, and at Leighton Park we develop young people who understand, cherish, and make a difference to the world which they inherit, with all its history, diversity and fragility.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Mathematics at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Additional Mathematics FSMQ at an English Independent School (Free standing Maths Qual Level 3)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Computer Appreciation at an English Independent School (VRQ Level 2)

Curricula

International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since January 2013, Mr Nigel Williams BA MA PGCE (known here - as are all staff - by his first name). Educated at Monmouth School, Nigel read history at Bristol and then a masters in Victorian Studies at University of London. Began career at St Albans, where he became head of general studies. Joined Leighton Park in 1994 as head of history and became, successively, housemaster, director of studies, deputy head: academic, deputy head: pastoral and then, with nowhere else to go - head. An unusual trajectory and represents a terrific vote of confidence from the school governors and community. Plus a recourse to stability and continuity. His tenure followed the lengthy reign of a highly-regarded predecessor with a brief hiccup in between when another appointee rapidly came and went. No scandal but a...

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Special Education Needs

Leighton Park School currently offers specialist support for a number of students in the Individual Learning Centre. This is provided by six well-qualified teachers, who give one-to-one help on a regular basis. Students receive support from the Centre for a range of learning challenges and difficulties, individually arranged, and in close co-operation with their subject teachers. All students are screened on entry to the school, to determine whether additional support is appropriate. Study skills, including identifying the individual learning style, revision, organisation and mind-mapping are examples of different strategies used to help with students’ learning. At Leighton Park, everyone understands that students will have distinctive learning styles: the community recognises how important it is that all students should feel fully part of school life, with their needs openly understood and supported. Students often drop in to the Centre for a chat, or for additional pastoral or academic support. ILC pupils regularly achieve outstandingly successful results in public examinations, and of course play a full part in the rich variety of school life outside the classroom.

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]
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
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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