Coed boarding school near London

Leighton Park is a leading co-educational boarding school in Reading, Berkshire for ages 11-18. Based a short distance from London, we offer modern, family-feel weekly boarding for girls and boys, underpinned by the School's Quaker values. We have a junior coed boarding house for 11 and 12 year olds and separate girls' and boys' senior boarding houses for students 13 to 18 years old.
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Double Excellent verdict from ISI

The Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) have awarded Leighton Park a ‘double excellent’ standard, the highest possible attainment for an independent school.
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Awarded Best Co-ed School 2022, South East England

They said: "the teachers at this incredible school help students to know themselves, equip them with the skills and creativity to tackle complex challenges and foster a determined desire to change the world."

Top performing school

The UK Government's most recent analysis places Leighton Park as the best performing school in Berkshire and 14th best boarding school for the academic progress achieved by our Sixth Form leavers.
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Outstanding academic attainment

Our students achieved 74% A*-B in their A Levels last year but we are no results factory. We believe that only happy, rounded, self-aware students can achieve their very best, with our weekly boarding students achieving excellent academic results.
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Why choose a boarding school near London?
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Our London families choose us for many different reasons, whether for the beautiful grounds and calm, safe environment, the strength of our pastoral care,  the richness of our co-curricular programme or our leading academic progress.

A Leighton Park education believes in the inherent worth of each individual, recognising that each child has unique talents. We seek to unearth young people of real character and independence; individuals who are free-thinking with a clear, confident self-awareness. Our modern boarding environment helps our boarding students grow, to find themselves – and to succeed as themselves. Our calm, purposeful approach is very difficult to find in busy London schools.

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Fryer House (Year 7 & 8)

Our junior boarding house provides a nurturing, kind family-feel home for our 11 and 12 year old boarders
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Girls' House (Reckitt House)

Home to our 65 senior boarding girls, Reckitt is located near the sports fields and surrounded by oaks trees
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Boys' House (School House)

Home to our 65 senior boarding boys, School is located near the restaurant and 25m indoor swimming pool
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Hear from our boarders

Our boarding students are a wonderful bunch. Browse our individual videos to meet some of them.
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Explore our girls' boarding house in our Interactive Tour

Transport for London boarding families
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  • Weekly boarding transport routes from Chiswick and Gerrards Cross
  • Routes pick up on Monday morning and drop off Friday evening
  • Reading is a stop on the Queen Elizabeth Line (Crossrail)
  • Transit from Reading Train Station
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Within our holistic curricular, Leighton Park is particularly well-known for its strength in the following areas:

STEAM is a particular strength at Leighton Park, empowering our students to tackle complex problems by combining the analytical skills from Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths with creative habits of mind from the Arts.

Music – Students have so many opportunities to play or perform at Leighton Park. The arts are so important for developing their confidence and creativity, bringing the community together to celebrate talent and appreciate difference.

Ethical Changmaking is about social business and active citizenship. It’s about giving our students the critical thinking and leadership skills, the values and the character to be change-makers.

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Our elite athletes benefit from a programme of support run by our Head of Athletic Development. This includes bespoke strength and conditioning programmes in our state of the art strength and conditioning centre, as well as additional sports psychology, diet and nutrition support, trips to some of the top facilities in the country and inspirational talks from leading athletes and outside speakers.

Sports Scholars benefit from our partnership with Go Perform, who give medical support physiotherapy and training on avoiding injuries.

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Our boarding students come from 43 different countries, with around 50% from the UK. The boarding houses are vibrant and cosmopolitan, full of fun and an exceptionally supportive environment in which to live, learn and grow.

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Boarding at Leighton Park School

One of the main things I like about LP, that made it stand out from all the other schools I visited, is the sense of inclusiveness. Everyone is given an opportunity to try new things, learn and grow as a person.

Danielle, Upper Sixth

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Shinfield Road
Berkshire, UK
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