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The Leys School

The Leys School

Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 7AD, Cambridgeshire

01223 508900



The Leys School
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding Senior & Sixth Form
Founded 1875
Headmaster Mr Martin Priestley
Date Appointed September 2014
Co-ed Age Range 11-18 years
Number of pupils 577
Day fees per annum £19,965 - £27,660 per annum
Boarding fees per annum £30,555 - £41,880 per annum
Average Class Size 15-20
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:8
Associations HMC, BSA, ISC

Founded in 1875 The Leys School is Cambridge's leading co-educational boarding school for children aged 11 - 18. Unusually for a city school, it is situated within a leafy 50 acre campus, close to the banks of the River Cam, yet only a 10 minute walk from the buzz of the city centre. Our ethos is simple - to provide an excellent, all-round education for our pupils, combining the traditional values of tolerance, respect and decency with a forward-looking and collaborative approach to teaching and learning.

Our Unique Location; the Cambridge Experience

The university of Cambridge provides the kind of enrichment opportunities most schools can only dream of. Links with the University are strong and we take full advantage of this; we host world-renowned speakers in our Great Hall and attend academic lectures within university departments. Our Chapel Choir regularly joins forces with the College choirs, singing in some of the most stunning College Chapels in the world. We share our award-winning Boathouse with 3 university colleges and compete in many of their sporting fixtures. Our superb location truly does offer a world of exceptional opportunities.

Academic Life

Through the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum Leys pupils develop into articulate, confident and well-rounded individuals. Their timetables are tailored to their aptitudes, needs and interests. As pupils move up through the school they take on increased responsibility for planning their workloads, with support from a coordinated tutorial system. Class sizes are small and the school's academic results reflect the expertise, vitality and enthusiasm of its teachers.

Beyond the Classroom

Pupils at The Leys are encouraged to take part in as many wider-curricular activities as they can realistically manage. Over 100 clubs, societies and groups take place every week. 26 sports are offered from Athletics to Water Polo, alongside CCF, Duke of Edinburgh and Community Service groups. The opportunities for outdoor pursuits are endless and, combined with first class performance facilities, the school exudes an air of purposefulness and busyness.

Support and Wellbeing

The Leys is a close-knit community, based on mutual respect and shared values. Its backbone is the House system where our pupils are assured of a supportive and caring environment. Their wellbeing is at the heart of what The Leys stands for; it is a happy, inspiring and unique place.

Joining The Leys

Girls and boys join The Leys in Years 7, 9 and 12 and may either sit the school's own tests, obtain places via pre-assessment in Year 7 or apply for one of a range of scholarships, bursaries or exhibitions.

Visit The Leys

Open Mornings are held on a termly basis alongside Small Group Visits whereby up to 6 families may visit the school together. The Admissions Team is also happy to arrange Private Visits when required. To find out what makes The Leys such a special place contact The Admissions Team on 01223 508904 or email admissions@theleys.net to arrange to come and visit.