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Discipline was not mentioned – these girls seem a biddable flock – but pastoral care gets a big thumbs-up. High staff:pupil ratio at 1:7 means no-one feels out of her depth without a life-belt. A palpable sense of Catholicism still prevails, but not the nasty exclusive you-can’t-take-communion-here kind; we felt that girls of any faith, and possibly none, would be welcomed. Over 40 green acres go some way to explaining the school’s success in track and field events, particularly cross-country and, interestingly…

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What the school says...

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)


Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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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, previously head of EAL at the school. Law degree from Bristol, and practised until 1994, when she obtained an English PGCE from Bath Spa University. MEd in education leadership from Buckingham. Worked at Gillingham and Sherborne Schools before joining Leweston. Married to Giles, also a teacher; they have four children.

Academic matters

Very much on the up. Happy children in small classes in junior school 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. Outdoor learning in Enchanted Wood important.

A level results in 2016 76 per cent A*/B grades and 51 per cent A*/A. Pre-U is offered alongside A levels in music,...

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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
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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