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Leighton Park School

Leighton Park School

Shinfield Road, Reading, RG2 7ED, Berkshire

0118 987 9600



Leighton Park School
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding
Head Mr Matthew L S Judd
Date Appointed September 2018
Co-ed Age Range 11-18
Number of pupils 520
Average Class Size 16
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:8


A vibrant learning community, our values-based education focuses on each individual - with impressive results.

At its core, a Leighton Park education offers achievement with values, character and community.

The success of our academic approach is demonstrated by the latest UK Government analysis, which recognised Leighton Park as the best performing school in Berkshire and 27th in England for the academic progress of its Leavers. Leighton Park added an extra 0.6 of a grade on average to its students' achievements. The School's value-add contribution has secured a ranking of 8th in England when looking at schools with a cohort of at least 50.

Academic focus

An IB World School, our emphasis on problem-solving, critical thinking and intercultural skills ensures that every student can succeed in an ever-changing, globalised world. Central to the school's approach, we have particular strengths in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) as well as the Creative Arts (Music, Drama, Art and Dance). Combining these strengths, our students benefit from an interdisciplinary approach, fusing analytical skills from STEM with creative and interpersonal soft skills.

Particular examples, include the school's status as a Yamaha Flagship Music Education Partner, with excellent music and media teaching and a new Music and Media Centre. The School is a Lead School for the Network of Excellence in Computer Science, the only school in Berkshire to hold this accreditation. Our interdisciplinary iSTEM+ programme was awarded first place among secondary schools at the national STEM Innovation Awards.

Music is another particular strength of the School with a brand new Music and Media Centre providing students with exceptional facilities, including a Yamaha Live Lounge recording studio. Our Music department is accredited as a Flagship Music Education Partner, the only school in Europe to hold this status, with 50% of students studying an instrument and 27 music teachers on staff.

In Sixth Form, students can choose between the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) or A Levels, and are offered an extensive selection of subject options, including Psychology, Politics, Economics/Business Studies, Dance and a BTEC in Music Technology.


All our students benefit from small class sizes. The average is 16 students per class, going down to 7 students in Sixth Form. Our dedicated teachers are able to cater lessons to each student and ensure they are kept on track both inside and out of lessons. This allows an unparalleled level of support and also a relationship between students and teachers that allows students to feel that they can speak honestly and openly to teachers about any problems they may be facing.


Leighton Park has a thriving boarding community, offering full, weekly and flexible options for students. With co-educational communal spaces for day and boarding students there is a thriving House community downstairs in each House. The single-sex accommodation is arranged for Senior students in 2 boarding Houses for boys and 1 for girls. The Lower School (Years 7 and 8) offers co-educational boarding in a House with separate wings for accommodation by gender. Students represent 32 countries, with strong UK representation. The four houses mix boarding and day students, creating vibrant communities, with day students welcome to stay until 9.00pm to spend time with friends or have time and space to focus on their prep.

House parents create homely environments supported by tutors and matrons, ensuring each student feels relaxed and comfortable. With a dedicated staff and plenty of opportunity to socialise with other students, each House is very much its own community.

Hobbies and other activities

Our wrap-around provision, which welcomes day students from 7.15am to 9.00pm, offers all our pupils the time to discover and develop their greatest talents. Students can choose from 90 different co-curricular activities to extend their learning, increase confidence, try new things and make new friends.


Sport plays an important role in life at Leighton Park with many individual performers and teams reaching county and regional level in sports. The school's Advanced Performer Programme supports elite athletes. While the school does very well in traditional sports such as rugby, netball, boys' cricket and hockey it also has strong teams in football and girls' cricket. The school is very supportive of individual talents and interests from rowing to gymnastics.


Music and creative media is a particular strength at Leighton Park, reflected by the school's status as a Yamaha Flagship Music Education Partner. Students have so many opportunities to play or perform at Leighton Park, with the Music Department being one of the busiest places in school, catering for all musical tastes from classical to jazz, indie to rock. Opportunities to perform include regular concerts and tours abroad.


Leighton Park has the facilities you would expect of a leading independent school, including a new Music and Media centre, an impressive library, swimming pool and a combination of high tech and historic buildings. The school’s innovative use of the latest teaching and learning technologies is supported by continuous investment in technology, including Google Classroom, CleverTouch screens in classrooms and personal ChromeBook laptops for students.

School life

The quiet moments and the calm atmosphere of our 65 acre park, encourage students to collect their thoughts and reflect within a caring community, providing high academic standards, excellent pastoral care and a rich and diverse co-curricular programme of activities. All of this, and the focus on mutual respect, create a stable, unique and sustainable environment where children can live, learn and grow.