Joining the Senior School

Leweston Senior School accepts pupils from ages 11 to 16. Entrance procedures to Leweston School depend on your child’s age. The main entry points for the Senior School are at age 11 into Year 7 or age 13 into Year 9, although pupils are accepted into other year groups if spaces are available. In all cases the first step is to contact the School and request a prospectus, alternatively you can call our Admissions Team on 01963 211010 or email: admissions@leweston.dorset.sch.uk

School Visit

We encourage all prospective families to visit the school either for one of our Open Doors Events or a personal visit.

Open Doors are an excellent way to get a feel for Leweston and see the school ‘in action’.  There is an event each half term when the whole school is available to tour and staff and pupils available to answer questions. Dates are available on our Open Days page, where you can also register.

 

If you cannot attend on those dates or would like an individual visit to meet the Head, Mrs Reynolds, our Registrar, Claire Godman-Dorington, would be happy to make arrangements. It is entirely up to you if you bring your children on the first visit but all prospective pupils are invited to taster days throughout the admissions process.

When should I visit?

Places in popular year groups such as Years 7 and 9 can be taken more than a year in advance of entry, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t space available after that time. As a rule of thumb it is helpful for parents to start talking to us two years before their child is due to join but there is more information about the specific admissions processes below.

Registration

Once you have decided that Leweston is right school for your children there a Senior Registration Form to complete and Registration Fee of £100. This secures a place for your child in their chosen year of entry, subject to a formal offer and acceptance. Pupils need to be registered before applying for scholarships, bursaries or attending an Entrance Assessment Day.

Joining Year 7

All potential Year 7 pupils are invited for a Taster Day when they are in Year 5, this typically takes place in May and is a great opportunity to experience a fun day at the School and meet some of the other pupils who will be in their year group.

Entrance assessment for Year 7 then takes place on a Saturday in January. The day before all candidates will be invited to an Activities Afternoon when they can meet other children sitting the assessment, have lunch with the current Year 7 and take part in team-building activities. The afternoon enables us to observe the potential pupils informally, whilst they get to know the school and make friends. If you child is interested in boarding it may be possible to stay in School on the Friday night for a boarding taster.

All pupils take an English paper and a Maths paper. Neither paper requires any preparation or revision. At this time a reference will be requested from your child’s current school. The Year 7 Academic Scholarship will be awarded to the highest performing pupil in the Entrance Assessment.

After the Assessment Day you will be informed of your child’s results and places will be offered. You will be asked to secure your child’s place by paying a deposit (which is returned against your final School bill). Offers should be accepted by the end of March in Year 6.

We are happy to assess your child at other times during the year and places will be offered subject to availability.

Joining Year 9

Year 9 is an extremely popular entry point at Leweston particularly for pupils moving from Preparatory Schools in the area. All Year 9 candidates are invited to attend an ‘Early Promise’ Assessment Day on a Saturday morning in the February of their Year 7.  The day before all candidates will be invited to an Activities Afternoon when they can meet other children sitting the assessment, have lunch with the current Year 7 and take part in team-building activities. The afternoon enables us to observe the potential pupils informally, whilst they get to know the school and make friends. If you child is interested in boarding it may be possible to stay in School on the Friday night for a boarding taster.

All Year 9 candidates sit an English and a Maths paper. Neither paper requires any preparation or revision. We will request a preliminary school report from your child’s current school at this stage.

Following the day you will be informed of the results and places will be offered, a recommendation about possible scholarship applications may also be made. More information about the 13+ Scholarship Process can be found on our Scholarships page. As part of the offer you will be asked to secure your child’s place by paying a deposit (which is returned against your final School bill). Offers should be accepted by the end of March in Year 8.

Pupils who fall outside of the ‘early promise’ timings will be invited into the school to sit their Assessment on an individual basis.

During Year 8 we will ask your child’s Prep School for an updated report and there will be other, frequent, opportunities for both you and your child to visit the School.

Common Entrance

Whilst Leweston does not require pupils to take Common Entrance we are happy to receive and mark 13+ papers; it is not a requirement for entry and all candidates sit our own assessment tests. We do not provide past papers.

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