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Teachers cajole and bolster rather than drill and it’s one of the things the parents like the most about the school, reporting that work is taken seriously and pupils strive for success but ‘thankfully without being results driven’. Music is a serious business, with annual house music reportedly louder than a football match – ‘it doesn’t finish until after 10pm, so loads of people stay over that night, it’s awesome,’ said a student. Décor-wise, we found the boarding houses more YHA than Premier Inn (disappointingly, not even a poster or any other evidence of personalisation in the dorms we saw) but school has plans to...

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What the school says...

We are a school that inspires Achievement with Values, Character and Community. Our vibrant learning community empowers each student to achieve excellent outcomes. Ours is an education for succeeding in life, as well as in academic assessments. Set in a delightful park in Reading, just outside London, our students have an enriching environment in which to learn, reflect and grow.

The success of our approach is demonstrated by UK Government 16-18 league tables, which place the school in the top 100 in England for the academic progress made by our students. Despite being among the top performing schools in the country we are no results factory. We believe a 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.

Leighton Park is particularly known for Creative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths), with a particular emphasis on creative problem solving and interdisciplinary approaches. The School is a Lead School for the National Centre of Computing Education. Our iSTEM+ programme has won several awards, including:
Winner for Secondary Schools - national Community STEM Awards
Winner - Business Education IT Facility Award
Winner - Ripple Effect Prize for use of innovative learning technology
Finalist - Education Business STEM Innovation Award
Finalist - Independent Schools Association, Innovation in STEM Award

Music is another particular strength of the School with a brand new Music and Media Centre opening early in 2019. Our Music department is accredited as a Flagship Music Education Partner, the only school in Europe to hold this prestigious status, with 50% of students studying an instrument and 27 music teachers on staff.

With Quaker values at the centre of all that we do, our emphasis is on our students loving their learning, encouraging them to try a huge range of new experiences and developing their greatest talents. You will be struck on visiting us by the warmth of relationships that characterise the school, the wealth of opportunities for personal development, and the sense of calm and purpose in which that development takes place.
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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Other features

Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.



What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2018, Matthew Judd (40s). Cheerful and, judging from his almost scarily ordered office (even the pencils in the pot are equally spaced apart), ultra-organised. Grew up in Crawley and was the first person in his family to go to university (geography at University of Wales followed by teaching qualification from Cambridge), having attended the local comp in the shadow of Gatwick airport: ‘If you were a boy, you went into baggage handling; if you were a girl, you went into duty free.’ Started his career at Haberdashers' Aske's boys in 1993, moved in 2005 to be principal at MPW college in London before rejoining Habs five years later as second master and executive head of its prep. Also an ISI inspector and it was this role that brought him here: ‘Every school...

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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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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
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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