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

Last year 56% of grades achieved were A*/B, placing 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 most recent set of A Level results (Summer 2019), please see our results breakdown.


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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 80% went on to STEAM degrees, while 32% went on to Creative Arts subjects and 42% went on to research-intensive Russell Group universities.

We offer specialist pathways for student considering:

  • Oxbridge
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Applying to overseas universities

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See what our students think


A*, A*, A at A Level | Medicine, University of Glasgow

“Leighton Park provides an incredibly open community, encouraging people to speak up and think for themselves. The commitment of teachers, and the way they support us as students, is remarkable. My teachers want me to succeed and do well, and this is very apparent in the way they teach. I’m provided with a lot of support if I feel like I need it, and you generally feel ‘safe' in an academic point of view.”
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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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A, A, A, C at A Level with an A* EPQ | English with Creative Writing, University of Birmingham

“Leighton Park is made special through mutual respect between staff and students. It allows students to speak freely, and teachers to answer honestly in the most helpful way. The LP House system meant I always had a friendly community to socialize with, and you’re never too far from friends in other houses."
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40 points at IB | English Literature, University of Bristol

“I love the caring atmosphere and the ethos within the school. The time for reflection during school assemblies is something I greatly value as a time for contemplation - a break from the stress that school can build up. Relationships between the students and teachers are also very important here, and the fact that Leighton Park is a boarding school means that school does feel like a second home.”
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