At Leweston we are wholly committed to providing a holistic education for our Sixth Form students. Enrichment is an integral part of learning so all Sixth Form students participate in our innovative LEaD programme, designed to develop additional skills and complement their academic studies.
In addition to the three LEaD strands: community, opportunity and respect, students have access to:
Sports and Fitness
Sixth Formers have an afternoon of sport once a week and many continue to compete for the school through out Years 12 and 13. Every year the school welcomes Pentathlon, Equestrian and Sports scholars into Sixth Form who participate in the relevant elite sports programme. Students can choose their own programme from a range of competitive and recreational sports as well as activities that promote health and fitness. Current options include: Hockey, Netball, Football, Badminton, Basketball, Swimming, Zumba and Yoga. In addition to timetabled games Sixth Formers can use the gym equipment during their free time. Although after-school activities are no longer compulsory in the Sixth Form, students are still encouraged to participate and have the opportunity lead those that are of particular interest.
Students can opt to train as lifeguards with our Swimming Pool Manager. This leads to a professional qualification which allows them to work poolside across the country. The qualification opens up opportunities to lifeguard at the school during the holidays and at sporting events.
Art, Music and Drama continue to play a significant part in Sixth Form life. Sixth Form students play pivotal roles in school productions, drama competitions, the Joint Schools’ Symphony Orchestra and Schola. The Sixth Form choir is open to all and meets weekly, it a focuses on acapella and barbershop and performs throughout the school year. Every summer the Art Department hosts its popular Exhibition which showcases the work of both GCSE and A Level students.
Every half term, Leweston hosts an evening lecture open to students, parents and the wider community. The subject of these talks varies widely.
Sessions focusing on personal, social, health and religious education are delivered as part of the weekly tutor time programme and on half-termly, off-timetable, whole-year group events. Visiting speakers and in-house teams lead sessions on a range of issues such as study skills, rights and responsibilities, citizenship, health and wellbeing, stress management, gap year opportunities and higher education.
Religion, Ethics and Morality
In the Sixth Form, one period per week is devoted to consideration of various human rights issues.
Leiths School of Food and Wine
Leiths is an internationally recognised, five-term practical course which covers a wide variety of cooking skills. It is a professional qualification which offers the opportunity to participate in Leiths List, an employment agency which matches students with a wide range of paid, family-level cooking jobs. Leweston is currently part of a scheme which allows students taking the Leiths Certificate to work towards an extended qualification. This carries between 12 – 14 UCAS points.
The Ten Tors Challenge
This team event is organised by the Army’s Headquarters South West with support from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force as well as civilian emergency services and volunteers. The Ten Tors Challenge is attempted in teams of six who navigate routes of over the Northern half of Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated tors / check points in under two days. Teams must be self-sufficient, carrying all that they need to complete their route and stay out overnight safely. All those who attempt Ten Tors will undoubtedly remember it for the rest of their lives and for many it will be a life-changing experience.
Duke of Edinburgh
Year 12 students are able to enrol in the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and every year a group of students undertakes the challenge. The scheme focuses on personal development and achievability developing commitment, resilience, independence and responsibility. It is regarded as an asset by both universities and employers and can support further education applications. The Gold Award is exclusive to Sixth Form and takes 12 to 18 months to achieve. As with the other levels it includes an expedition and volunteering but exclusive to Gold is the 5-day residential section when participants have to undertake a shared activity away from home. If successful participants will receive their award at an event at one of the Royal Palaces.