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  • Leweston Junior Department
    Leweston Junior Department
    DT9 6EN
  • Head: Ms K Reynolds
  • T 01963 211010
  • F 01963 210648
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  • A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 2 to 11 with a linked senior school. The junior department takes girls from age 2 to 11 and boys from age 2 to 8.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Dorset
  • Pupils: 100
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Fees: Day £5,700 - £11,100; Boarding £16,662 - £19,935 pa
  • Open days: March, May and October every year
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Linked schools: Leweston School

What says..

Rather idyllic small school which has benefited from the beautiful grounds, space and sporting facilities of Leweston since moving from Sherborne in 1993. Happy children in small classes follow a range of subjects including French and Latin, and sciences in dedicated lab. We were impressed by a lesson which used the patterns in Roman mosaics to demonstrate symmetry. A coach has recently joined staff ranks to develop swimming, riding, shooting and fencing – the building blocks of modern pentathlon. Head keen to develop…

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What the school says...

Leweston Junior Department is a Catholic School which offers a warm welcome to children of all denominations and emphasises the integration of Christian principles into daily life.

Traditional values of work and behaviour are held in high esteem and emphasis is placed on pastoral care. The School motto 'Gaudere et Bene Facere' - 'Rejoice and Do Well' reflects the importance of high academic standards together with artistic, musical and sporting excellence achieved in an atmosphere of joy, vibrancy and faith in God.

Great emphasis is placed on living by the 'Golden Rules' and children of all ages benefit from the outstanding pastoral care which emanates from the committed and enthusiastic teaching staff. The chapel lies at the centre of our school and provides opportunities for families to pray, reflect and celebrate together. The small classes and state of the art learning environment create a strong and caring family based school, which makes it a very special place in which to study.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2015, Kate Reynolds, previously head of EAL here. Law degree from Bristol, and practised as a solicitor for four years before seeing the light and taking a PGCE in English at Bath Spa. Taught at Gillingham and Sherborne schools before joining Leweston. She and her husband Giles, also a teacher, have four children.


Essentially non-selective. Children are encouraged to come for a taster day during which teachers will informally assess them in the classroom. Little ones come for half a day. All newbies are tested for SEN on arrival; support is given from the learning success co-ordinator (sic) and her team. Scholarships on offer for art/DT, music, drama, sport and all-round as well as academic for years 3-5.

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