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Pupils say the school is warm and welcoming and like the fact that they are encouraged to achieve their potential. ‘Everyone is kind to you here,’ a year 6 girl told us. When pupils arrive they are assigned a peer mentor to help them settle in and everyone knows everyone. Head prefect, two deputies, heads of the four houses and other prefects in place. They all keep a weather eye out for each other and for the younger students...

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Situated just outside Sherborne in 46 acres of beautiful parkland, and only 21/2 hours drive from London, Leweston School offers a co-educational Prep, Senior School and Sixth Form.

Leweston offers a disciplined, creative and inspirational environment in which all are encouraged to reach their full potential. Full and weekly boarding options are available as well as a range of attractive scholarships and bursaries. ...Read more

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Since January 2020, John Paget-Tomlinson (40s), previously deputy head (academic) at Portsmouth High School GDST. Educated at Wells Cathedral School, where he modestly says he played the trombone ‘very badly’. Read history and philosophy at Reading, followed by a master’s in war studies at King’s College London, a research master’s at King’s, PGCE at the University of Chichester and an MSc in education leadership at Portsmouth. ‘I’m an eternal student,’ he laughs. He’s fascinated by military history and after a spell in the navy he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in intelligence. First teaching job was at Churcher's College, where he was rapidly promoted to head of history and then deputy head of sixth form, before moving to Portsmouth High for eight years.

When he first visited Leweston he was...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
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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