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ARE YOU ACCEPTING VISITS TO THE SCHOOL?

Our primary responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff and, at all times, we will follow current guidance from the UK government. 

Families are welcome for individual visits which allow us to maintain appropriate social distancing. During the visit you will meet the Head, tour the school and meetings can be arranged with other relevant members of staff. Visitors over the age of 11 are requested to wear masks when entering the school buildings unless they are exempt from doing so. You can book a personal visit by contacting the Admissions Team.

Our Open Doors events will be held virtually via a dedicated online platform. They still include presentations, a tour of the school and the opportunity to ask questions of senior staff. Please register on the Book a Visit page.

If future regulations require us to make changes to the current process we will be prioritising visits for those looking to join the school in 2021. 

ARE YOU ABLE TO OFFER TASTER DAYS?

At present we are sadly unable to offer taster days to prospective pupils. We hope this is something that we can reinstate later in the year. 

In the meantime we are welcoming pupils for visits, with their parents, with a tour the school and the opportunity to meet relevant staff members. We will also be arranging online 'Student Q&A' sessions when they can meet and speak with existing pupils in their entry year groups. 

Further information about our annual Year 7 Activity Day and Early Assessment Day will follow nearer the time. 

If you have any questions about the changes we have made to our regular admissions process please contact Admissions on 01963 211015.

How far in advance do I need to register?

We recommend visiting the school, either at one of our Open Doors events or at a time to suit you, at least two years in advance of entry and registering after you have had the opportunity to have a good look round and meet staff and pupils. Registering secures your child's place in their entry year group which will be held until the admissions process is complete and an offer accepted. 

Places in popular year groups such as Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 can be confirmed more than a year in advance of entry, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t space available after that time. The admissions team are always happy to advice on availability and can be contacted on [email protected]

How and why do you assess prospective pupils?

Leweston accepts pupils from a wide range of independent and maintained schools. Assessment papers are designed to evaluate potential and we take account of the fact that pupils may have studied different curricullums or be at different stages when the assessment takes place.

Whilst Leweston is a non-selective school our assessment helps us get to know the pupils before they join us and understand their current skill level in key areas. In the senior school assessment lasts just over an hour and includes a verbal and non-verbal reasoning test, a short maths test and a reading test. The level of the assessment will be appropriate to the age group in question. There is nothing to prepare or practise for and whilst the assessment is conducted under exam conditions it is always done in a friendly, fun and calm manner.

In the Prep school there are no assessment tests but prospective pupils are informally monitored by staff during their taster day.

If you have any concerns about the assessment or need to make us aware of any individual needs your son or daughter has please contact the Admissions Team. Extra time or other special arrangements can be made as long as we have advance warning of the requirement.

Do you require Common Entrance?

Leweston does not require Common Entrance as part of our admissions process but we are happy to mark any papers your son or daughter is planning to take. The Deputy Head and Admissions Team will work alongside your current school to support this.

When will we know if we have a place?

A formal offer of a place will be made following either an Assessment Day or individual taster. Interest in Leweston is strong and there are times when we have more applicants than places available. If this happens you may be put on a waiting list until a place becomes available or we have a sufficient number of pupils to open a supplementary class. The Admissions Team will remain in close contact with you during this time.

Will you request a reference?

We will liaise closely with your current school during the admissions process and require your current Headteacher to provide a confidential report before a place is offered. Towards the end of the summer term before your son or daughter joins us we will also request your child’s school file and last set of school reports.

How do we accept a place?

To accept an offer you should return a signed copy of the acceptance form to the Admissions Team. A deposit of £500 per child will be required to secure a place. This deposit is returned to you at the end of your child’s career at the school but is non-refundable should you decide not to take up your place.

Places should be accepted by the first Monday in March in the year preceding entry. This is to support the development of the curriculum and plan class sizes. Places accepted after this date will be subject to availability and the full range of subject choices may not be accessible due to option blocks being decided.

Can we apply for a scholarship?

Leweston has a long tradition of offering scholarships to recognise and encourage pupils with talent and potential. Scholarships are typically offered at 11+, 13+ and for Sixth Form. Each September the Scholarship Guidelines for the following year of entry are published and available through the school website at www.leweston.co.uk/admissions/scholarships

Scholarship awards vary with the highest award in each group being for academic excellence. Scholarships are not means tested and awards represent the honour rather than a significant monetary value. If you require further financial assistance you may also apply for a bursary. Any accompanying bursary application must be made in full prior to the scholarship day so that both applications can be considered. Further information is available from the Admissions Team.

All scholarship candidates must be registered to pursue an application.

How can I find out more about the School?

We encourage everyone to visit Leweston as it is important to get to know us and see the school in action. This can be either an individual family visit or one of our Open Doors events which take place throughout the year.

Open Doors provide the opportunity to meet the Head, staff and pupils. An important advantage of these events is that all the facilities can be viewed at your leisure; you can visit lessons as they happen and ask questions of teachers and pupils.

There is also an annual Sixth Form Information Evening. This provides a relaxed opportunity to meet the Head of Sixth Form, Heads of Department and current Sixth Formers. You can find out more about Leweston Sixth Form provision and explore the A Level and BTEC courses.

However you first make contact, we encourage all parents to have a private appointment with the Head or Head of Prep to discuss their son or daughter in more detail. If you are living abroad or some distance from the school and a visit is not convenient please be reassured it is still possible to apply to Leweston and both Heads are available by telephone or online. At all times the Admissions Team are happy to help.

What is the ratio of boys to girls?

In the Prep school the ratio of girls to boys is 60:40. Since going co-educational in September 2018 approximately one third of the senior school year group is made up of boys, with numbers rising every year. 

In 2019 we opened Antony House, for boy boarders and currently have 14 boarders ranging from Years 5 to 13. 

Do many students join in the Sixth Form?

We welcome a number of new students into the Sixth Form every year. Potential Sixth Form students can attend a Sixth Form Open Day in the Autumn term.

The Sixth Form at Leweston is typically around 55 students. 




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