Short Stay Boarding at Leighton Park

While most of our boarding students stay for many years, we do offer an exciting opportunity for students to come for one, two or three terms in Years 7, 8 and 9.

Why choose Leighton Park
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Students are able to join classes and immerse themselves in a leading British boarding school – we won the national School of the Year Award in the Independent Schools Association Awards 2023-24. As an IB World School, 80% of our students are British but we are proud to welcome students from 45 different countries – adding global perspectives to our kind and vibrant learning community.

Students will access our award-winning personal development programme, with over 90 co-curricular hobbies available, including Drone Club, Eco Club, Model United Nations, Dance clubs, 30 different Music hobbies and over 30 different Sports to choose from. Highlights include Football Skills Training with coaches from Chelsea Football Club, as well as Judo and Ju Jitsu classes coached by a former Olympian – Danny Williams.


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Weekend programme

There are boarding trips every weekend, with trips to professional sports games, theme parks, cultural attractions in London and Oxford and fun activities like Go Karting and paint balling all very popular.

Recent trips have included:

What will my child learn

Students in Years 7-9 have a broad curriculum, designed to help our students achieve their full potential, with the skills to be the global changemakers of the future.

Year 7 & 8 what will I learn –

Year 9 what will I learn –

Find out more about our approach to empowering Future Changemakers

Short term boarding at Leighton Park - what you need to know

Places are limited but, subject to availability, students can choose from:
Autumn Term – September to December
Spring Term – January to April
Summer Term – April to July


Students can enjoy our outstanding facilities, from our Yamaha Music Live Lounge and Film Studio, to our Design Studio and Engineering Workshop, nine specialist art studios, 25 metre swimming pool, fitness studio and strength and conditioning centre.


Students should have a good level of English to enable them to access the curriculum, but our immersive approach and welcoming community will enable them to improve their academic English very quickly. Specialist English as an Additional Language classes are available – all included in the school fee.


Students will stay in Fryer House, a modern home from home – fully refurbished in 2022. Students share with two friends in spacious, ensuite rooms. Four teachers live alongside the students providing them with support and encouragement, and always on hand to solve small problems before they become big problems. Each student is part of a small tutor group of no more than 12 students. The Tutor is responsible for the students’ academic progress and personal development. They see their students three times every day and have an overview of how they are doing. Tutors contact parents at least every two weeks to ensure we are working together with families as a team. Find out more about our junior boarding house.


Our boarding house team can arrange a taxi for students arriving into Heathrow or Gatwick Airports. Heathrow is 30 minutes away and a taxi costs around £45. Our approved taxi service ensures that all drivers have security clearance to work with young people.

School dress code

Students in Years 7 & 8 wear a school blazer with grey trousers or a skirt and a white shirt or blouse. Boys also wear the school tie. Students should also have the school games kit for playing sports. It might be possible for you to borrow these items if you do not wish to buy them.

Students in Year 9 wear a blue or black suit. This can come from any shop and girls can wear a skirt or trouser suit.


All students in Years 7-9 are provided with a laptop to use for their schoolwork. This is maintained by the School IT Team.


Full boarding fees for students in Year 7 & 8 are £12,935, with Year 9 a little higher at £16,035. All tuition, accommodation and food is included. Students are provided with a laptop while they are with us. Students from outside of the European Economic Area who stay for longer than sixth months and require a study visa pay an additional £400 a term. See a full breakdown of our fees.

Medical Insurance

International boarding students who are staying at Leighton Park School for less than 6 months should arrange suitable medical insurance for the duration of their stay. Students who come for 6 months or longer will need to apply for a Study Visa. This gives access to the National Health Service through a healthcare surcharge.

All students from overseas must have a Guardian based in the UK in case of an emergency

Meet Maria from Canada
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Maria joined Leighton Park in Year 7 for a one year programme. See more boarding case studies.


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