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.

TASTER DAYS

All pupils who have expressed interest in joining Leweston in Year 7 are invited for an activity day when they are in Year 5. This year ‘s event will be on Friday 17 June and places can be booked here. The day is a great opportunity for pupils experience a fun day at the school and meet some of the other children who will be in their year group in the future. During the Autumn Term of Year 6 your child will be offered a personal Taster Day. They will join one of the current Year 7 classes and experience a normal timetable of lessons. They will also be invited to have a short meeting with the Headmaster, Mr Paget-Tomlinson, or Deputy Head, Mr Whittle. If you are interested in boarding your child can have a boarding taster on the night.

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. Applications for future years are encouraged and it is helpful for you to start talking to us two years before your child is due to join. Early applications will be acknowledged and you will continue to receive updates and news from the school.

All children registered to join Year 7  will be invited to the Assessment Day on a Saturday morning in January. The school assessments consist of short entrance test in Maths, Writing, Reading Comprehension and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The exams take approximately two hours to complete. The tests are set by the school and a practice paper will be available from the Registrar in advance. The assessments help to prepare for your child’s academic programme at Leweston and are used for future ‘setting’ purposes. After the assessments all pupils are invited to stay for lunch after which they can return home. We are happy to assess your child at other times during the year and places will be offered subject to availability.

At this point we will ask for a reference from your current headteacher and need to see previous school reports.

Click here to complete an online registration form

OFFER AND ACCEPTANCE

If you and the school are happy to progress after the Assessment Day we will offer a place. We will email you with our Parent Contract and Acceptance Form. Offers may be open 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 shared with you ahead of your child’s start date.

JOINING YEAR 8

Offers for places in Year 8 are subject to availability. Pupils interested in Years 8 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. Your child will sit an age appropriate school assessment and attend a short informal interview with the Headmaster. After the day if you and the school are happy to progress we will formally offer a place.

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.