Leighton Park School
Shinfield Road, Reading, RG2 7ED, UK
0118 987 9600
Co-educational Day & Boarding Senior & Sixth Form
|Head||Mr Matthew L S Judd|
|Date Appointed||September 2018|
|Language of Instruction||English|
|Co-ed Age Range||11-18 years|
|Number of pupils||550|
|Average Class Size||16|
|Authorised IB Programmes||IBDP|
|Diploma Coordinator||Mrs Helen Taylor|
|Associations||BSA, HMC, IB, ISA, ISC|
Leighton Park was founded in 1890 and is a day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 11-18 set in 65 acres of beautiful parkland in Reading. Winner of the Best Co-educational School 2021, South East England, the School has been fully co-ed since 1993 and has a 50:50 ratio of girls to boys at its Year 7 entry point.
The UK Government's latest Sixth Form league tables reveal Leighton Park to be the best performing School in Berkshire and one of only eight schools in England to have always appeared in the top 100 since the rankings began. Our A Level students achieved 72% A*/A last year. The Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) awarded Leighton Park a 'double excellent' standard in January 2022, the highest possible attainment for an independent school, in recognition of both the quality of pupils’ personal development and the quality of their academic progress.
Our approach is to support students to succeed as themselves, with the breadth and depth to thrive in life as well as in the academic arena. Our aim is to nurture our student's talents, whatever they might be, with academic achievement the consequence of our approach rather than the object.
While the School offers a holistic curriculum, it is particularly well-known for its STEAM academic approach, which combines the analytical skills from Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths with the creativity from the Arts. It won the national Award for Excellence in STEAM Education in 2020.
Music is another strength of the School with a stunning Music and Media Centre providing students with exceptional facilities, including a Yamaha Live Lounge recording studio. Our Music department is accredited as a Flagship Music Education Partner, the only school in Europe to hold this status, with 50% of students studying an instrument and 27 music teachers on staff.
With Quaker values given currency and purpose through our Ethical Changemaker programmes, we develop young people who understand, cherish, and make a difference to the world. We have won the Independent School Association Award for Outstanding Local Community Engagement for the last two years.