Leweston accepts a number of new pupils into Year 12 every year. The standard entry requirement for students entering Sixth Form is 6 GCSEs at grade 5 or above with a grade 7 or above in the subjects they wish to pursue at A Level. Entry is at the discretion of the Head.

Prospective Sixth Form students are welcome at all of our virtual Open Doors events or to join us for a visit. This enables you to meet the Head, Head of Sixth Form and teaching staff as well as tour the school. There is also a dedicated Sixth Form Information Evening which takes places in October for both existing and prospective students.

Sixth Form applicants are welcome to join us for personal taster days throughout the school year and this can be combined with a night in boarding for those interested.

In February of Year 11 the Deputy Head will ask for your Sixth Form subject choices so that the timetable can be prepared. Both he and the Head of Sixth Form are available to offer advice. At an appropriate point we will request a reference from your current school.

Offers are typically made by way of a letter to parents. Offers may be open for acceptance for a limited time only. 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 sent to you ahead of your start date. All Sixth Form entrants will be invited to join our induction events in June.

Joining the Sixth Form - Frequently Asked Questions

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SCHOOL?

We encourage everyone to visit 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 Days, both will provide you with the opportunity to tour the school as well as meet the Headmaster, staff 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 make contact, all parents should have a private appointment with the Head to discuss their son or daughter in more detail before they join. If this cannot be arranged in person the Head is available by telephone or online.

DO MANY STUDENTS JOIN 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.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO REGISTER?

We recommend visiting the school, either for an Open Day, or at a time to suit you, at least two years ahead 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. This will be held until the admissions process is complete and an offer accepted.

Places in popular year groups can be confirmed more than a year in advance, but there may be space available after that time.

WHEN IS THE CLOSING DATE FOR SIXTH FORM APPLICATIONS? 

Whilst there is no formal closing date for Sixth Form applicants we would recommend candidates complete the admissions process by the end of February. This ensures maximum flexibility for subject choices and courses. Applications made after this date may be subject to option blocks.

WHAT ARE THE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS?

Sixth Form entrants are expected to achieve 6 GCSEs at grade 5 or above with a grade 7 or above in the subjects they wish to pursue at A Level.

WILL YOU REQUEST A REFERENCE FROM MY CURRENT SCHOOL?

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.

WHEN WILL WE KNOW IF WE HAVE A PLACE?

A formal offer of a place will be made following your taster day. 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.

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 to support the development of the curriculum and plan class sizes. Places accepted after this date will be subject to availability.

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 on the school website. All scholarship candidates must be registered to pursue an application.

Scholarship awards vary with the highest award 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. Further information is available from the Admissions Team.

WHEN CAN I APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP?

The scholarship application deadline is usually the October prior to entry. Once all application forms are received the admissions team will devise personalised timetables for all of the candidates. Assessment days are usually held in November.

IS THERE ANY FINANCIAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE FOR FAMILIES WHO NEED HELP WITH FEES? 

Leweston offers a limited number of means tested bursaries every year allow pupils who need financial support.  All bursaries are subject to annual review and pupils must be registered to make an application. More information is available on the Bursaries page on the website.

WHAT IS THE RATIO OF BOYS TO GIRLS? 

Since going co-educational in September 2018 approximately one third of the senior school are now  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.

HOW MANY BOARDERS ARE THERE?

Leweston currently has 66 pupils who board on either a full, weekly or flexi basis. This range of options is designed to suit different family requirements and it is possible for pupils to start boarding on a flexi basis before moving to one of the other options.

DO THE BOARDERS AND DAY PUPILS INTEGRATE WELL?

Yes: the nature of boarding at Leweston means that all of the boarding houses are in the main school building. These means there is no need for boarders to travel back to house during the school day. Pupils spend all day together in lessons, lunch, co-curricular activities and in their common room. In addition, day pupils are welcome to join in with weekend activities and boarders may be invited out for weekends with day pupils.