Pupils are registered with the British National Health Service (NHS) which provides free care (except for some small charges). The school has its own Health Centre staffed by two registered nurses and a school doctor who visits weekly. The Health Centre is open Monday to Friday with qualified staff on call in boarding overnight and at weekends. There are two hospitals in easy reach of the school and treatment can be arranged through the school doctor as necessary.
Students meet with their tutors for registration every weekday morning. Tutors also meet with individual tutees two or three times each term and monitor their academic progress as well as monitoring their welfare and involvement in our extra-curricular) programme.
The Heads of Year have overall responsibility for the tutor in their year groups. They also take an overview of pupil progress and the general welfare and behaviour of the group. In the Senior School there are three Heads of Year: Mrs Griffiths, Head of Year 7, Mrs Littlechild Head of Years 8 and 9 and Mrs Lily Head of Years 10 and 11.
There is a full induction programme of talks, tours and ice-breaking activities for all new students every September which can be amended to support pupils joining at other times. All new pupils also assigned a guardian chosen from the tutor group they are joining and well as a Sixth Form Peer Mentor.
All academic and boarding staff keep a close eye on new pupils and are vigilant in looking for signs of homesickness or lack of confidence. Pairing up existing students with those new to life at Leweston is the best way to get them to settle so everyone is given a guardian on arrival. New students are also encouraged to join in with the activities and clubs on offer and supported in finding other pupils with similar interests. It is sometimes helpful for new joiners to know that getting used to the routines and rhythms of a new school is a common experience for everyone.
Our fully trained school counsellor holds a walk-in clinic in the Health Centre once a week and is also available for pre-booked 1:1 appointments. An Independent Listener is also available if students would like to talk to someone outside the school community.
Vegetarian options are provided at every school meal without the need for any prior sign up. In addition to this the school caterers can cater for the dietary needs of those who have allergies or intolerances to certain foods, as well as pupils whose religious beliefs require the regular menu to be adapted. There is a clear system of labelling of meat, dairy products and items containing shellfish and nuts in the dining room. As much as possible the school caters for a range of different tastes and appetites but it should be kept in mind that the dining room caters for just over 500 pupils and around 150 staff and works hard to achieve a menu balanced for everyone.