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The girls we met were enthusiastic, unpretentious and charming, with a sense of fun. ‘They’re comfortable in their own skin,’ agrees the head of boarding. Unlike peers elsewhere they aren’t alarmingly sophisticated – the head loved it when the head girl gave a speech on open day about the sixth formers playing hide and seek in the corridors at night. The school is one of only eight pentathlon academies in the country...

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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 Junior Department and all-girls 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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking English Literature at an English Independent School (Pre-U Principal Subject)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Speech & Drama at an English Independent School (Graded Drama Music Lit Speech)


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



What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Mrs Kate Reynolds MEd LLB PGCE (early 50s). Educated at St Mary’s Ascot and Wellington College (where she met her husband). Read law at Bristol, followed by two years at a top London law firm. She then did ‘the best thing I ever did’ and decided to become an English teacher. After a PGCE at Bath Spa University she taught English and drama at Gillingham School, then Sherborne School. Joined Leweston in 2002, became head of EAL in 2013 and was appointed as head two years later. ‘It was one of those serendipitous things,’ she says. ‘Leweston is so much part of me, as is the local area.’

The head is very proud of the girls. ‘There is no homogenous product,’ she says. ‘They are very individual, with a...

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Special Education Needs

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