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What we're looking for

We’re always looking to enrich our community here at Leighton Park with students who’re committed to getting the most out of the opportunities we have to offer. Young people with an innate drive to achieve the very best they can, and a deep desire to develop and grow.

Typically, we admit new students to years 7, 9 and Lower Sixth, but we also consider new applications for other years.

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Key dates and contacts

Registration deadline for September 2020 entry: 15/11/2019

Entrance tests date for September 2020 entry: 11/01/2020

Admissions team contact details
T: +44 0118 987 9608
E: admissions@leightonpark.com

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We are a selective school, so prospective students are required to meet certain academic standards, but we consider these alongside your child’s references and reports. We also look at whether the student has siblings at the School. Have a look at our Admissions Policy and Standard Terms & Conditions for full details.

If you’re thinking of applying, then why not visit us to get a feel for life at the School.

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Applying to Leighton Park

Families are invited to apply to Leighton Park using our online registration form and pay the (non-refundable) registration fee of £100 (£175 for non-EU nationals). The registration form has two sections:

Stage one – Registration enquiry

During this stage families provide brief details about the prospective student and upload the student’s most recent school report. Families will then be asked to verify their email address by clicking on a link in an automatically generated email. UK families will be able to progress directly to stage two. There may be a slight delay for international families while we review their enquiry.

Stage two – Registration form

This stage of the application asks for further details, such as the year the student wishes to join, their interests and hobbies and the details of the student’s current school so that we can request a reference. Families will also be able to pay the registration fee to complete the application process.

Once families have registered they will have access to the application portal, to track where they are in the process and see what they need to do next.

If you have any questions during this process, please contact the Admissions Team:

Years 7 to 10: Once we’ve received your registration form, we’ll invite your child to sit our entrance tests in Maths and English, which includes a hand-written short essay.

The tests take place at the School in the January of the year you wish you child to join Leighton Park. They last about two and a half hours.

Sixth Form: We don’t usually ask students to sit an entrance test if they are taking GCSEs. If students aren’t sitting GCSEs or iGCSEs they will be asked to sit a Mathematics and English test. If English isn’t their first language, we will ask the student to sit an EAL (English as Additional Language) test.

All students will also have a short interview with a senior member of staff.

If you’re applying from overseas, we can make arrangements for students to sit the tests and attend the interview remotely. Please contact the Admissions Team for more information.

As part of the application, we’ll ask for a copy of your child’s most recent school report and a confidential reference from the head teacher of their current school.

How we assess applicants

For Years 7 to 10, we’ll offer places based on your child’s performance in the entrance tests and the interview, as well as their report and references.

For Sixth Form, we’ll base a conditional offer on GCSE results, references and the interview. We’ll ask for proof of at least five GCSE passes or equivalent at grade 6 or above, and grades 6 or 7 in any subjects students are planning to study at A-level or as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) Programme. A 7 at GCSE is required in order to study Mathematics at A Level or Higher Level on the IB.

We’ll contact you by post about three weeks after the entrance tests and/or interview to let you know if your child has been successful.

Information about how to accept a place

We’ll send you an acceptance form with any offer of a place for your child. We ask that you return this with an acceptance deposit by the end of the first week of March.

If you’re living outside the EU, you’ll also need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) in order to make your visa application to study in the UK.

Have a look at our fees information to understand more about what they include.

We’re committed to improving access to an education at Leighton Park, so Scholarships and Bursaries are also available.

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"This school really encourages you to be an individual, it doesn't shape you in a certain way like other schools might. It encourages you to be yourself, and be successful as yourself."

Gabriel - Lower Sixth student

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Reading
Berkshire, UK
RG2 7DE
+44 (0) 118 987 9600
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