Welcome to our admissions pages
We understand that choosing a school for your child is an incredibly important decision. At Leighton Park we are here to assist you every step of the way.
There are plenty of opportunities to visit the School, including Open Days, Taster Days and individual tours. Find out more on our events and visits page. Below, you can find an overview of the application process, including important deadlines.
Please do get in touch if you wish to speak to a member of the team about your child’s application. We are very happy to help.
Claire, Fiona and Nickee, Admissions Team
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 Changemakers 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.
Leighton Park does not use 11 plus exams to assess students and preparing your child in how to pass the 11 plus will not be an advantage. The interview is the most important part of our entrance assessments, supported by Maths and English papers to assess students’ attainment in these subjects.
Key dates and contacts
Places have now been allocated for students living in the UK who are looking to join us in this academic year.
Should you wish your child to be considered for a place, you are welcome to complete the registration form. However your child will only be considered should a place become available. Please note that the registration fee is non-refundable.
September 2023 Entry
Registration has now closed for Students living in the UK
Year 7 and Year 9 Entrance Test Day for UK resident students will be held on Saturday 7th January 2023.
Lower Sixth Applications
Registration has now closed for UK resident Sixth Form candidates. Interviews will be held in early December.
We will base a conditional offer on GCSE results, references and the interview. We’ll ask for proof oat least five GCSE passes or equivalent at grade 6 or above, and grades 7 in any subjects students are planning to study at A Level or as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) Programme. A 8 at GCSE is required in order to study Further Mathematics at A Level or Higher Level on the IB.
Overseas Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Early registration is advised as demand for places is high.
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.
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.
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.
Entrance Test Day for UK Students looking for places in Years 7 or 9 will be held on Saturday 7th January 2023.
There are two options for applying for Year 9 entry (13+)
- Families can apply when their child is in Year 6. Students gain a deferred place to join the School in Year 9
- Families can apply when their child is in Year 8.
The appropriate option should be selected at the point of registration. In both cases assessments are usually held in January but can be brought forward under specific circumstances. Scholarships and bursary awards must be applied for in Year 8 and cannot be deferred. Students holding a deferred place can subsequently apply for scholarships and bursaries when in Year 8.
Sixth Form applications for students based in the UK should be made by the application deadline in November.
International applications are made on a rolling basis, with families encouraged to apply between October and March the year before they want to join the School.
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 – Families will be asked to complete the Registration form if places are available and the student fits our entrance criteria. They will receive an email to confirm this and will find the Registration form 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 on Saturday 7th January 2023. They last about three hours and include tests in Maths, English, a piece of creative writing and an interview. Students resident overseas can sit the tests remotely at a mutually convenient time and under the supervision of their current school or a trusted educational agent.
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.
UK Sixth Form candidates will be invited to interviews in early December 2022. Overseas candidates will be interviewed via Zoom.
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. New students are not able to start at Leighton Park until these documents have been received and reviewed.
How we assess applicants
For Years 7 and 9, 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 7 in any subjects students are planning to study at A Level or as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) Programme. A 8 at GCSE is required in order to study Further 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.
Leighton Park does not use 11 plus exam papers to assess students and preparing your child for 11 plus maths or other exams will offer them no advantage. Our assessments are based on attainment and so will only include content that the student will have covered at school. We want all students to have a level playing field in applying to the School. We do not recommend 11 plus exam papers or 11 plus books in preparing for our entrance assessments. The best preparation for our assessments is for students to work hard at their current school and ensure they are comfortable with all the Maths and English topics that they have covered.
Applications are welcome from students looking to secure a place in Year 9 whilst they are in Year 6.
Students will be invited to sit entrance tests in the January of Year 6, or possibly earlier by arrangement. If a student receives and offer, we will require the usual deposit and signed acceptance form to secure their place.
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 as soon as possible as places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
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.