September 18, 2023

Leighton Park Shines in National Awards

Leighton Park has been nominated as a Finalist for Senior School of the Year in the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Awards 2023, one of only three schools to make the final stage. The ISA is the largest independent schools’ body in the UK. This nomination comes on the back of Leighton Park also being acknowledged as one of the top schools in the country in the prestigious TES Schools Awards 2023, in the Independent Senior School of the Year category.

The co-ed school for girls and boys aged 11-18 is particularly well known for its STEAM academic approach and the strength of its music department. Among the factors being considered by the judges are the school’s distinctive emphasis on problem-based learning, its values-led education based on the school’s Quaker foundation and the focus on nurturing future-ready leaders.

Head, Matthew LS Judd, commented: “This is a phenomenal recognition of all the hard work and dedication of our entire community, including our excellent staff and governors, talented students and supportive parents and OLs. To be acknowledged as one of the best schools in the country by the largest independent schools’ body and the TES is really a humbling and remarkable achievement.”

In the same awards, the school is also a Finalist for the Award for Environmental Achievement. Leighton Park won the Green Senior School Award 2023 and are also currently Finalists in the Independent Schools of the Year 2023 Award for Environmental Achievement.

Sustainability Co-ordinator and Head of Geography, Oliver Staines, commented: “Working in this school and environment, it is such a special privilege to witness and be involved in helping to facilitate the passionate work of so many students and members of staff committed to leaving the community in a more sustainable place than they found it.”

Leighton Park has received several accolades in the last two years. The most recent UK Government analysis shows that the school’s Sixth Form leavers achieve the best academic progress in Berkshire, while the Independent Schools Inspectorate awarded it Excellent in all areas in January 2022 – the highest possible attainment for an independent school. Leighton Park holds the Wellbeing Award for Schools and is a Finalist for Pastoral Development of the Year 2023 in the highly-regarded National Awards for Pastoral Care in in Education. The School won the Green Senior School Award 2023 in the City Kids Awards and won the national ISA Award for Excellence in Pupil Personal Development in 2022.


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