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.

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.

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Top academic progress

75% of grades achieved in Summer 2020 were A*/B. The previous set of A Level results (Summer 2019), which are the most recent assessed by the Government League Tables, placed Leighton Park in the top 1% of Schools in England and the top performing school in Berkshire for academic progress made by our students.

For more information on our latest set of A Level results (Summer 2020), please see our news story.

For information on results from last year (Summer 2019), please see our exam results.


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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

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 student 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


A*, A, A - 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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A, A, A at A Level | Music, The Royal Northern College of Music

“I have a huge debt to repay to the Leighton Park staff, especially music, for providing me with so many opportunities and having a belief in my abilities. I certainly wouldn’t be dreaming of a career in Music, let alone applying to conservatories, without their support.”
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