Joining the Leighton Park family

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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.

We embrace a broad and rich curriculum but are particularly well-known for the strength of our STEAM academic approach, excellence in Music and commitment to Ethical Enterprise and welcome applications from students with a passion for developing their skills and talents in these areas.

We typically 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

Registrations should normally be made in November of the year before you wish your child to join the School. The School will consider late applications, particularly for boarding places and the Sixth Form.

Contact Claire, Fiona and Nickee in the Admissions Team:
T: +44 0118 987 9608
E: admissions@leightonpark.com

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Admissions overview

Leighton Park is a selective independent school. Prospective students are required to meet certain academic standards; we consider these alongside your child’s references, reports and the interview. 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 or see our application process below.

Why not visit us to get a feel for life at the School.

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Applying to Leighton Park

We invite families to apply to Leighton Park via our Admissions Portal, where, once registered, families will have the chance to track where they are in the process and see what they need to do next.

UK Applications

The Registration Form for UK Students is for children who are permanently resident in the UK or hold a UK Passport. You will be asked to upload a copy of the student’s most recent school reports and passport. The Registration Fee of £100 can be paid a the end of the registration form. Please note: this fee is non-refundable.

International Applications

There is a two-step process for students who do not live in the UK and do not hold a UK Passport.

Step one – complete the Admissions Enquiry for International Student.
The Admissions Team will review the student details and will advise whether the family can proceed to registration.

Step two – if Leighton Park can consider an application from the student families will be asked to complete the Registration form, which will appear as a Checklist item on the Admissions Portal.  Payment of the non-refundable application fee can be made  once you have completed the form, using a credit or debit card. The Registration Fee for  EEA nationals is £100, for non-EEA nationals it is £175

If you have any questions during this process, please contact Claire, Fiona and Nickee in 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.

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 an 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 EEA, 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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