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Lewston School

Address: Leweston, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6EN
Founded: 1891
Number of Pupils: 500
Ages: Three months to 18
Fees: Prep day (per term) £2,044 to £3,974; boarding (per term) £6,292 to £7,141; senior day (per term) £5,319; weekly boarding (per term) £7,519 to £8,326; full boarding (per term) £8,641 – £9,583
Head Teacher: Mr John Paget-Tomlinson (Senior); Miss Alanda Phillips (Prep)
Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
Entrance Procedure: The admissions process for Leweston depends on your child’s age. The main entry points for the school are reception and years 3, 7, 9 and 12, but pupils can join all year groups subject to a place being available. All entrants are invited to either an entrance day or for a personal taster. Senior school pupils complete an assessment in maths and English. Early registration is recommended. Further information is available here
Contact: Mrs June Smith, Registrar
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Prospective parents and their children are warmly invited to visit Leweston to meet the head, staff and pupils. Arrangements can be made with the Registrar or booked via the website

The Curriculum

Leweston offers a broad and exciting curriculum through the prep school and into years 7 to 9. The school offers GCSE examinations to years 10 and 11 and a choice of A-levels or BTECs in sixth-form. The school’s highly individualised approach ensures academic extension and support throughout which is reflected in the excellent results and leavers’ destinations.

Games & the Arts

Sport plays an important part of everyday life at Leweston with an impressive range of options for pupils. As one of only nine specialist pentathlon academies in the UK the school offers all aspects of modern pentathlon as well as the mainstream sports. Students compete up to international level in a number of disciplines. Dedicated music and art & design centres support thriving departments which take students through to university and beyond.

 Pastoral Care

A great deal of emphasis is placed on pastoral care at Leweston. We are entirely committed to providing an environment that inspires warmth, confidence, creativity and personal development in all our pupils, whether they attend as a day pupil or boarder. It helps that the school is of such a size that all staff know pupils as individuals. Tutors are supported by a wider pastoral team which includes heads of year, the head of boarding, house parents, the health centre nurses, the lay chaplain and the assistant head pastoral.

University Places

Every year students win places at the UK’s top universities but what is most important to us is that all students find a pathway that fits with their ambitions and aspirations. Since 2016 students have gone to 51 different higher education destinations to study a wide variety of courses. The two most popular course families being science, maths and engineering, and social sciences.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

We offer an environment where children feel comfortable to grow, but are nonetheless challenged to act and think independently. We celebrate success but also teach that it is part of life to make mistakes; without new experiences they will not discover who they are and what they can achieve. We set high standards both inside and outside the classroom, and our values of community, opportunity and respect are the bedrock of our school. The independence, willingness to try and resilience instilled at Leweston mean that our pupils go into the world with the confidence to achieve. They have the ability to adapt and to embrace change. The school is delighted to have helped them on their way by unleashing the true potential in each and every one of them.

Outstanding Characteristics

With a proven record in academic excellence and outstanding value-added the school achieves impressive outcomes for its pupils. Every student is encouraged to try the different opportunities open to them and supported to achieve more than they thought possible. The school has a strong sense of community and a family feel building long term relationships with students and their parents.

For more information about what makes Leweston special visit the website

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