Leighton Park School
Shinfield Road, Reading, RG2 7ED, Berkshire
0118 987 9600
Co-educational Day & Boarding
|Head||Mr Matthew L S Judd|
|Date Appointed||September 2018|
|Co-ed Age Range||11-18|
|Number of pupils||460|
|Average Class Size||17|
At its core, a Leighton Park education focuses on the individual and the promise of choice. Our ethos informs an approach where students are able to follow their most impassioned interests, become active learners and strive to fulfil their potential.
Students benefit from an academically rigorous, broad and innovative curriculum. The sciences, mathematics and the creative arts, including music, film production and art, are particular strengths of the school.
This strength in breadth enables a focus on creative problem-solving and interdisciplinary approaches, encouraging students to analyse and put forward solutions to today's complex challenges, often supported by the school's impressive partnerships with universities, industry and cultural organisations, such as Cisco and Pinewood Studios. The success of our approach is demonstrated by 94% of our Sixth Formers achieving their first university choice last year.
Our cross-cutting skills programmes position students for success in a fast-changing world, where many of today's jobs will not exist in 30 years time. Central to the school's approach, we teach leadership, creative thinking and risk-taking, empowering students to be a force for good in the world and reflecting the school's Quaker ethos.
In Sixth Form, students can choose between the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) or A Levels, and can opt to do four A Levels so that their choices are not limited so early in life. Among other accolades, the school is in the top five in the UK for small cohort IB results.
Our wrap-around provision, which welcomes day students from 7.30am to 9.00pm, offers all our pupils the time to discover and develop their greatest talents. Located just 35 minutes from London and Heathrow Airport, Leighton Park has a thriving boarding community, offering full, weekly and flexible options for students. Co-educational, the boarding houses are split roughly 50/50 boys and girls with each group having their own wings but sharing communal spaces. Students represent 44 countries, with strong UK representation. The five houses mix boarding and day students, creating vibrant communities.
The school's cross-cutting skills programmes position students for success in a fast-changing world, where many of today's jobs will not exist in 30 years' time. Central to the school's approach, we teach leadership, creative thinking and risk-taking, empowering students to be a force for good in the world and reflecting the school's Quaker ethos. The range of choice and the school's focus on the individual create a fun, supportive and nurturing programme.
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. Music and creative media is a particular strength at Leighton Park, reflected by the school's status as a Yamaha European Centre of Excellence - the only one in the UK.
The quiet moments and the calm atmosphere of our 60 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.