Academic success

Exam success and beyond

We aim to give you an education that brings out your determination, courage, happiness, civic-mindedness and kindness. And, at the end of Sixth Form, we want you to move on to the next stage of your life with clarity and confidence.

Academic success is important in any school. Leighton Park’s successful holistic approach is based around students enjoying their learning, with the support and encouragement to pursue their interests and work hard. Our Head, Matthew, expands:

“A student’s academic development cannot be understood in isolation but must be considered in conjunction with their emotional and physical wellbeing, confidence, maturity and happiness.”

After exams, 95% of our Sixth Form students go on to Higher Education. But whatever your ambitions, we’ll do all we can to help you achieve them.

View 2021 leavers' destinations +
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Top academic progress

Learn about our IBDP success, with the Summer 2021 cohort achieving the highest average point score (35.5) since we began offering the IBDP over 10 years ago.

72% of A Level grades achieved in Summer 2021 were A*/A and 93% were A*/B. The most recent assessment in the  Government League Tables for Sixth Form students placed Leighton Park in the top 1% of Schools in England and the top performing school in Berkshire for academic progress.

For more information on our latest set of A Level results (Summer 2021), please see our news story.

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Helping You Find Your Role in the World

Students are supported by a careers advisor, receive psychometric profiling and can take part in trips to visit former students at the universities they are interested in. Our careers guidance programme includes:

  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Careers Fairs, featuring experts from a broad range of professions including many Old Leightonians
  • Work shadowing and work experience placements
  • Support applying for internships and apprenticeships
  • A programme of inspirational speakers throughout Sixth Form.

Find out more about our Change-maker Programme.

Moving On to Higher Education

Our students accept offers from many different universities in the UK and abroad. Degree choices are varied but often reflect our strengths in STEAM, Music and Business. Last year 67% went on to STEAM-related degrees and 56% went on to research-intensive Russell Group universities. Students also went on to renowned institutions that are the very best in their disciplines, such as four students going on to conservatoires to study Music, one student went to Central St Martins for Art and two went to Loughborough to study Sports Science.

We offer specialist pathways for students considering:

  • Oxbridge
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Applying to overseas universities

See our leavers’ destinations

A truly outstanding school which gave me core values for my future career

Rachael, Old Leightonian

See what our students think


41 Points for IB Diploma | Chemical Engineering, Lancaster University

“The best thing about the IB for me has been the community; being able to study with the same group of people, you get really close, even in lockdown everyone was studying together; we had study groups online. We just had to try to get through this weird and difficult time together.”
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A*, A, A at A Level - Music, University of Southampton

"I like how active the School is in the arts and how prominent music and drama are at LP. I like how the school encourages you to be your own person and how the Quaker values are present in all aspects of School life making LP a unique community, not just a school."
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42 points at IB | English and French, University of Oxford

"Leighton Park is a rarity, and gave me an insane and maybe ill-founded confidence in goodness… I am endlessly grateful for the friends I've met in the past five years."
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A*, A*, A*, A* at A Level with an A* EPQ | Medicine, Imperial College

"Sixth form at LP is a truly unique experience. In the classroom, teachers push you to your academic limits and provide support to develop you beyond them, fuelling a life long passion for your subjects and helping you achieve to the best of your ability. We are encouraged to think 'outside the box', beyond the syllabus and research topics of interest. Not only does LP develop you academically but also as a person."
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LP’s Contemporary Dancers’ Innovative Exams +

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April 16, 2022

Sixth Formers Aspiring High +

Jenny Powlesland, Head of Teaching and Learning, runs the Sixth Form Aspiring High programme for our capable and enthusiastic senior students keen to access some of the more competitive options … Read More +

January 13, 2022

New ISI Report: Top Marks for Leighton Park! +

The Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) have awarded Leighton Park a ‘double excellent’ standard, the highest possible attainment for an independent school, in recognition of both the quality of pupils’ personal … Read More +

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