A stunning new Sixth Form Study Centre and School Library

Grove entrance

A new home for our Sixth Form and School Library
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Our new Sixth Form Study Centre and School Library will develop an historic building designed by one of the UK’s most celebrated Victorian architects, Alfred Waterhouse, and infuse it with beautiful study spaces and cutting-edge learning technology.

Our students already achieve the best academic progress in Berkshire – so we’re excited to see what they can do when they have a brand-new study centre, with every detail designed to support their success.

As well as providing incredible spaces to learn, this project will support our students’ development of the skills they need to be changemakers – with a lecture theatre for inspirational guest speakers and a video conferencing studio to enable global connections and reach.

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Grove architect's drawing

How you will benefit

  • Inspiring new study spaces to help you focus, innovate and collaborate
  • Calm and beautiful outdoor spaces to support your wellbeing and relaxation

Specific to Sixth Form

  • A perfect base to host guest speakers, career mentors and industry partners
  • Proximity to dedicated Sixth Form staff if you have a question or need help
  • Your own space to plan and coordinate your student leadership roles in the School
  • A huge common room for spending time with friends and enjoying a hot or cold drink
  • A dedicated centre to support you with your transition between School and university
Double height library

Exciting new facilities

  • A stunning new double-height School Library
  • Lecture theatre for up to 60 people
  • Landscaped gardens

Specific to Sixth Form

  • A modern Sixth Form Common Room
  • Group study hubs for project working
  • A video conference studio
  • Four beautiful new classrooms
  • Four quiet study hubs
  • Two roof terraces for al fresco study
  • Modern kitchen for light snacks
Lecture theatre and roof terrace
Headmaster on bike

Leighton Park exists to form students of real character and confidence, with a determined desire to change the world. This exciting development will further strengthen our vibrant Sixth Form learning experience as well as, through the provision of a sector-leading new library for the whole school, help us in our aim to develop every aspect of all our students and to support them to achieve their remarkable potential.

Matthew LS Judd, Head

A long, distinguished tradition

Grove House opened in September 1894. It was Leighton Park’s first purpose-built boarding house.

Until 1878 a Quaker school named ‘Grove House School’ had existed in Tottenham. When it closed the trustees of the old Grove House School Trust released the funds to pay for the construction of Leighton Park’s new boarding house.

The distinguished architect Alfred Waterhouse, himself a former pupil of Grove House, Tottenham, was appointed as the architect. Waterhouse designed numerous important buildings across the nation, notably the Natural History Museum in Kensington.

Grove House is an important historic building, and as it moves into a new phase with new functions, it is exciting to think of it having a well-deserved renovation and refurbishment to bring it back to its full glory.

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