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  • Leweston School
    DT9 6EN
  • Head: Mr John Paget-Tomlinson , Miss Alanda Phillips
  • T 01963 211015
  • F 01963 201786
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 0 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Dorset
  • Pupils: 499; sixth formers: 51
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Fees: Day £6,132 - £15,957; Boarding £17,868 - £28,749
  • Open days: Open days: 4 February 2021, 10.00am. Virtual Open Doors and welcome from the Senior and Prep School Heads, a virtual tour of the campus.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

The pupils 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 pupil 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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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 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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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.


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



What The Good Schools Guide says


Since January 2020, John Paget-Tomlinson. Previously deputy head academic at Portsmouth High GDST. BA in history and philosophy from Reading, MA in war studies from Portsmouth and PGCE from Chichester. He has also worked at Churcher's College in roles including head of department and deputy head of sixth form.

Head of preparatory school is Alanda Phillips, BA PGCE MEd, formerly head of the school’s Early Years Foundation Stage.


Non-selective. Pupils join at multiple points so it’s always worth contacting the school. Leweston accepts all-year-round applications and when we visited after the summer half-term, two girls had just started in year 9 and one in year 10. Pupils join the senior school from state primaries and preps like Perrott Hill and Hazlegrove. Prospective pupils take part in a taster day – juniors have...

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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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