Welcome to Leweston. Our admissions process is designed to ensure that we are the right match for your family and to welcome you into the Leweston community. The Admissions Team are available throughout to answer questions, explain the different steps and make sure that you have all the information you need.

COME FOR A VISIT

We have an annual Open Morning in September but are pleased to welcome you for a guided tour and to meet the Headmaster, Mr Paget-Tomlinson, throughout the year. To arrange a mutually convenient time please contact the Registrar, Mrs June Smith on 01963 211015 or smithj@leweston.dorset.sch.uk.

APPLYING FOR A PLACE

The first step in the process for any admission is to complete and return the registration form using the link below, along with a registration fee of £100 which is non-refundable. With some year groups nearing or at capacity, we are happy to answer any queries relating to our registration process. We encourage families who wish to join Year 9 to register when their child is in Year 5. Applications will be acknowledged and you will continue to receive updates and news from the school.

Click here to complete an online registration form

TASTER DAYS

All pupils who have expressed interest in joining Leweston in Year 9 are invited for an activity day when they are in Year 5. This year’s event will be taking place on Friday 17 June and places can be booked here. This is a great opportunity for pupils to experience a fun day at the school and meet some of the other children who will be in their year group in the future.

Your child will then be invited for a personal taster day during Years 6 or 7. If your child is interested in boarding they can have a boarding taster on the night. During their taster your child will meet current pupils, participate in lessons and take the school assessment. This is a short entrance test in Maths, English and Non-Verbal Reasoning which helps to prepare for your child’s academic programme at Leweston and is used for future ‘setting’ purposes. You child will also have a short interview with the Headmaster, Mr Paget-Tomlinson, or Deputy Head, Mr Whittle.  At this point we will ask for a reference from your current headteacher and need to see previous school reports. If you and the school are happy to progress after the taster day we will formally offer a place.

COMMON ENTRANCE

Some pupils joining Leweston from independent preparatory schools take Common Entrance exams which are sent to Leweston for marking, however Common Entrance is not a requirement for our admissions process.

OFFER AND ACCEPTANCE

If you and the school are happy to progress after the taster we will offer a place. We will email you with our Parent Contract and Acceptance Form. You will be asked to secure your place by completing the Acceptance Form and paying a deposit (which is returned against your final school bill). Joining information will then be shared with you ahead of your child’s start date.

Applications for Year 9 should be with us by the February of Year 7, after this point offers can still be made but they will be subject to availability.

During Year 8 we will ask your child’s school for an updated report and there will be other, frequent, opportunities for both you and your child to visit. Potential scholars can apply for 13+ scholarship awards in the January preceding their year of entry. The Admissions Team are always on hand to answer any questions you have about the process.

JOINING OTHER YEARS

Offers for places in Years 10 and 11 are subject to availability. Pupils interested in Years 10 and 11 will be invited to spend a day at the school with the year group they will be joining. Your child will participate in a normal timetable of lessons and be accompanied throughout by a nominated pupil guardian. It should be noted that places in Years 10 and 11 may be are subject to GCSE choices and at Year 11 we cannot always match a your child’s current programme of study.

If you have more questions about joining the school please visit our Knowledge Base, a library of frequently asked questions which can tell you more about the admissions process as well as life at Leweston.

The Leweston Learner
From Nursery to Sixth Form Leweston shares an educational approach that helps our pupils develop an attitude to learning they can apply across the curriculum, as well as in the wider world. Click on the five key characteristics to find out more.