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Webinar Schedule

Thank you for your interest and for booking on to our virtual open event.
Please find information and the webinar schedule for our upcoming Prep and Senior events.

Leweston is a boarding and day school which focuses on preparing pupils for life beyond the school. The independence, resilience and willingness to try instilled at Leweston provides pupils with the confidence to meet the challenges of the wider world.

Our virtual open days were, by necessity, started last year but the events have proved popular and are a great way to find out more about Leweston from the comfort of your own home.

During the academic year 2021/22 we will be hosting specific events for both the Prep and Senior Schools. Below are the programmes alongside the webinar links you need to join. If you can, please bookmark this page. We will, of course, resend this information closer to the event.

Leweston Prep Events

Tuesday 9 November 2021 17.00
Wednesday 9 February 2022 17.00

Leweston Senior and Sixth Form Events

Wednesday 10 November 2021 17.00
Tuesday 8 February 2022 17.00

Welcome from the Head of Prep

Miss Alanda Phillips

Please click the link below to join the Prep webinar:

JOIN PREP WEBINAR

Prep

Presentations : 17.00 - 17.45

Academic and Pastoral Presentation
Miss Elizabeth Winter
Deputy Head
Extra-Curricular and Sport Presentation
Mr Fraser Wilford
Head of Prep Sport and Activities
Early Years Presentation
Miss Gemma Cheyne
Reception Teacher
Question and Answer Session

Welcome from the Head of Senior

Mr John Paget-Tomlinson

Please click the link below to join the Senior webinar:

JOIN SENIOR WEBINAR

Senior

Presentations: 17.00 - 17.45

Academic Presentation
Mr Stuart Whittle
Deputy Head Academic
Pastoral Presentation
Miss Juliana Atyeo
Assistant Head Pastoral
Boarding Presentation
Mrs Beth Simkins-Smith
Director of Boarding
Question and Answer Session

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Sixth Form Centre

The Sixth Form Centre provides day and boarding students in Years 12 and 13 with their own space to study as well as relax and unwind. There is a lounge, kitchen and study room as well as a courtyard garden. Year 13 boarders are allowed to book the centre for dinner parties and to host friends by arrangement. 

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Antony House

Boys Boarding Years 4 to 13

Opened in September 2019 Antony House is located in the school’s North Wing. A comforting home from home, Antony House provides single study bedrooms for the older boarders with a separate area of single and double bedrooms for the younger boys. There is also a popular common room and kitchen. 

Although Leweston’s newest boarding house, Antony is rapidly developing a strong sense of identity. 

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Manor House

Leweston is centred around a beautiful Grade 1 listed Palladian Manor House. Recently featured in Country Life, the interior is a rare example of Art Deco at its finest. The principle agents of this transformation being the architect Maxwell Ayrton (designer of the old Wembley Stadium) and the artist George Sherringham.

The Manor House contains the Black and White Halls, Sherringham Room, Lecture Room and Eleanor Library which are used for school events, seminars and lectures. The Eleanor Library is available to Sixth Formers for private study as a privilege.

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Italian Garden

The Italian Garden is situated between the Manor House and the Swimming Pool. Designed by Thomas Mawson it is of historic importance and a beautiful setting for school events like the Sixth Form Ball. It is also a popular spot for pond dipping. 

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Cedars Café

Housed next to the swimming pool Cedars Café offers a full range of drinks and snacks. A popular spot for parents and visitors to the school, it is open from 8.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday and at weekends when matches and events are running. Sixth Formers are allowed to use the Café during their breaks and study periods. 

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Music School

Located upstairs in the Manor House the Music School was opened in September 2019. The purpose-built renovation puts music at the heart of the school providing an ensemble room, individual and group teaching rooms, strings room and recording studio.

Music is offered as part of the curriculum throughout the school with GCSE and A Level courses available. Individual music lessons are popular with 19 different instruments on offer including guitar, French horn, trombone, harp, drums and saxophone.

With many high-profile performance opportunities, the school has a number of instrumental ensembles including a Baroque Group, Flute Group and Jazz Band. The more able musicians have the opportunity to join the Sherborne Schools Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia.

In 2020 Leweston was shortlisted in the Music and Drama Education Awards for ‘Outstanding Musical Initiative’ by introducing a scheme of music lessons for its non-music teaching staff.

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Swimming Pool

The school’s 25m heated indoor swimming pool is open throughout the week. All pupils from the Nursery to Year 11 have weekly swimming lessons with the pool available for open sessions and squad/development training at lunchtimes and evenings. There is even a popular early morning swim once a week. 

The extensive bifold doors at the front of the pool can be folded away on summer days which also allows the school to host regional and national Biathle and Triathle competitions as competitors can run straight into the pool complex.

The Pool also forms part of the Leweston Leisure programme, offered to members and non-members the school runs its own fitness club with swimming and exercise classes available. 

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Padua Hall

Opened in September 2019 the Padua Hall provides the Prep School with space for the whole school to gather as well as four additional classrooms. The modern cedar-clad building is designed to bring the outside in with wide bifold doors and a decking area which provides an alternative performance space for summer events.

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Pensabene Library

The impressive Pensabene Library provides students with study areas, a computer suite, presentation area and comfy sofas all looking out onto the grounds. It provides both a reference and lending library as well as a number of online subscriptions to support the academic curriculum. 

The library is located next to the Sixth Form Centre and is a popular place for older students during their study periods. The evening homework session for both day and boarding pupils is held there under staff supervision. 

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Eleanor House

Girls Boarding Years 11 to 13

Year 11 and Sixth Form boarders live in Eleanor House. All boarders have their own individual study bedrooms and the use of an upstairs Common Room. The Sixth Formers also have access to the Sixth Form Centre below the House. Eleanor House boarders have their own laundry room and kitchen which are some ways that the students can develop their own independent living skills. Boarders in Eleanor also have increased freedom over their free time with opportunities to go out of school as well as invite guests into the house social areas.

Eleanor House boarders are at an important time in their lives, public examinations approach and as they are preparing to move on to life at university and the world beyond school. Whilst the House provides the same family-feel there is a more studious and peaceful atmosphere than in the younger Houses. However, Eleanor boarders remain very involved in the wider boarding community, as senior boarders they take on responsibility for organising social and charitable events and community duty rotas.

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Cecilia House

Girls Boarding Years 9 and 10

Cecilia House boarders share colourful and spacious dorms of four or five in the main school building. Each boarder has their own bed, wardrobe and storage which they are encouraged to personalise with posters and photos from home. There is also a well-equipped common room for relaxation. Study is completed downstairs in the Pensabene Library to provide a sense of separation from academic life and allow boarders to truly relax ‘at home’.

 All Cecilia House boarders are encouraged to get involved in the life of the school. These years are important academically and for emotional and social development. Boarders are encouraged to explore their interests; follow their enthusiasms, and learn to co-operate with each other as they become more independent. As boarding provides the perfect opportunity to get involved with a much of the school’s extensive extra-curricular and enrichment programme as possible.

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Martha House

Martha House is a vibrant, welcoming and safe place for boarders from Years 4 to 8. The House, situated above the Director of Boarding is a fun and lively place and all boarders are encouraged to involve themselves in the large variety of activities that are on offer.

With dog walks, hide and seek, movie nights, bikes and go karts the boarders in Martha House have little time to get bored and each boarder is encouraged to involve themselves as much as they want and need to. Birthdays and special events are eagerly anticipated and celebrated.

When we asked members of Martha House what was best about being a boarder they said ‘to help others, be kind, learn how to share, how to get along with different people and how to be a little more organised!’

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Pre-Prep

The Pre-Prep (Reception to Year 2) share a secure garden in front of the bright and airy Reception classroom where they can play together at break and lunchtimes. 

In 2018 Leweston Prep won Pre-Prep of the Year Award in Independent School Parent Magazine’s Independent School of the Year Awards.

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School Theatre

The School Theatre hosts Leweston’s many productions and the opportunities to star on stage at Leweston are many and varied with Drama as part of the curriculum from Reception to Year 9 as well as being offered at GCSE and A Level. The Music and Drama departments work closely together and Musical Theatre is a major part of the creative life at Leweston, the last two senior musicals were ‘9 to 5’ and ‘Mary Poppins’. 

All Pre-Prep pupils have a part in the annual Nativity and older Prep pupils perform in a Summer Term Production. LAMDA lessons are available either individually or in small groups. 

In 2019 Leweston was shortlisted in the Creative Arts category in the TES Independent School of the Year awards.

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Art and Design Centre

The Art and Design Centre at Leweston is a lively and original place which offers the pupils an opportunity to explore a range of creative areas including Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, 3D Design, Ceramics, Graphic Design and Photography. It has dedicated studio space for Sixth Form who can access their work outside of lesson time. 

The Centre is available to all pupils from Reception upwards and pottery, fine art, computer aided design, photography, woodworking and textiles are part of the curriculum for the Prep School and Years 7, 8 and 9. Fine Art, Textiles, 3D Design and Photography are offered at GCSE and A Level. 

Recent leavers have gone on to art courses including: Animation, Design for Performance, Product Design, Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors and Graphic Design at Destinations such as the University of the Arts, Central St Martins and University for the Creative Arts.

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Sports Hall & Gym

The school’s cavernous sports hall plays host to fencing, shooting, gymnastics, fitness training, badminton, basketball, trampolining and many other indoor sports. It also houses a range of Technogym equipment and a conditioning suite used by the weekly spinning classes, after-school clubs and Leweston’s elite athletes supported by their coaches. 

Sport and Physical Education play an important part of everyday life at Leweston and there is an impressive range of options for pupils to take advantage of. As a Pentathlon Training Hub the school offers all elements of Modern Pentathlon and many of the specialist staff are part of the GB coaching team. There is also a successful equestrian team who have taken the NSEA Regional Point League title four years in a row. 

The school was a finalist in the Sports category of the Independent School Parent Magazine’s Independent School of the Year Awards 2020.

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School Chapel

The School Chapel of St Antony is central in the life of the School as the place where Mass and other school services are celebrated. It is always open so that pupils, staff and parents can find a quiet space when they find the need.

Leweston is a Catholic foundation that welcomes pupils of all denominations, and none. The whole school comes together for Mass once a week and pupils of all ages participate in planning the liturgies and take an active role as servers, readers, choir and musicians. We often welcome parents, friends and neighbours. Pupils are prepared for First Holy Communion and Confirmation and we often celebrate Baptisms. Pupils of other faiths are supported in their own worship and an Anglican liturgy is held in the School chapel once a term.

The importance of service to others is integral to the ethos of the school and the Chaplaincy Team play a central role in the Leweston’s extensive charity and community service programme. 

 

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Trinity Chapel

Trinity Chapel is the oldest building on the school campus being built in 1616. Inside it has a rare example of a double pulpit and, whilst is no longer large enough to hold the whole school, is used for smaller services as well as weddings and baptisms. 

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Science Centre

The purpose-built Senior Science Centre houses three laboratories, a project room and preparation room. All science teaching in the Senior School and the older years in the Prep take place there.

Leweston has an enviable reputation for science, with the three sciences remaining some of the most popular A Level subjects and, over the past five years, one of the two most popular university course ‘families’ chosen by students. Since 2016 Leweston leavers have gone on to study a wide range of STEM subjects including:

Analytical Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry and Forensic Science, Computer Science with Intelligent Systems, Cyber Security and Computer Forensics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mathematics with Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Neuroscience, Pharmacy, Physics with Astrophysics, Veterinary Science and Zoology. 

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Prep School

The Prep School is located in the former Coach House with its own tennis and netball courts. Each class in the Prep (Years 3 to 6) has its own classroom either upstairs in the Coach House or in Padua Hall. In 2019 increased numbers in the Prep saw it expand into the previous Senior Music School adding a library space, additional classrooms and rooms for small group work.

As a through-school Leweston Prep pupils can access the full range of senior facilities including the Art and Design Centre, Science Centre, Theatre, Sports Hall, Swimming Pool, Dining Hall and Chapel.

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Walled Garden

One of the features of the Prep School is the Victorian Walled Garden which provides ample space for the pupils to play outside. Every morning arriving pupils run its circumference as part of their ‘Daily Mile’. 

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Forest School

The Prep and Nursery both use the nearby ‘Enchanted Wood’ for Forest School which has a full outdoor classroom with all-weather awning and sufficient seating for a whole class.

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Tennis/Netball Courts

Leweston’s six netball courts also double as hard surface tennis courts with tennis coaching available all year round for pupils in both the Prep and Senior schools.

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All-Weather Pitch

Boys and girls from Year 3 upwards play hockey on the all-weather pitch which converts to nine tennis courts for the summer term.  The pitch is located next to the schools 300m grass track and synthetic long jump.

A comprehensive and extensive fixture programme in the full range of team sports including hockey, netball, rugby and football is offered to ensure all pupils have the opportunity to represent the school in competitive matches at their own level. 

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Belvedere

With 46 acres of grounds the students are not short of space. The iconic Belvedere is fondly remembered by all Leweston pupils. After a short wooded walk the natural amphitheatre, which looks out over the Dorset countryside, makes a perfect setting for outdoor performances, quiet reflection and weddings. 

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