Leweston School

Leweston School

Day Weekly Boarding Full Boarding Dorset

Situated just outside Sherborne in 46 acres of beautiful Dorset parkland, Leweston Senior School offers an academic education to girls and boys aged 11 to 18. Full, weekly and flexi boarding options are available for girls from age 8 and boys age 11 upward.

Year Founded 1891
Religion Catholic
Inspection Report
Charity Commission

Leweston School has a total of 185 pupils, with 81 pupils in the Sixth Form.

Day pupil fees are from £5740 to £6165, per term.

Boarding pupil fees are from £8096 to £6165, per term.

90 Day Girls
(11- 18)
95 Boarding Girls
(11- 18)

About Leweston School

Leweston is a leading independent day and boarding school, co-educational in the Nursery and Prep, and transitioning to a coeducational diamond model in the Senior School and Sixth Form. Leweston’s values are based upon a supportive Catholic ethos, underpinned by the Christian principles of opportunity, respect and community. The school is set in 46 acres of beautiful parkland near Sherborne, Dorset and welcomes pupils of all denominations and of none. Each pupil is cared for and challenged within a strong community and encouraged to aspire to excellence across school life. Expectations are high; pupils are challenged in their studies to achieve the best possible academic success. Leweston pupils are well-balanced young people who take their place in the world with confidence, going on to contribute to society in many different ways, reflecting the many and varied opportunities placed before them at the school.


Affordable Education for all at Leweston: Senior School Fees for the Academic Year 2017-18

Leweston is committed to offering a high quality affordable education to as many local families as possible. Following the success of the fee restructure in the Junior Department, the school has reviewed its Senior School fee structure and is delighted to announce new competitive fees across both day and boarding from September 2017. For further information and the full breakdown of fees for September 2017 entry please see: http://www.leweston.co.uk/index/admissions/fees/senior-school-fees-2017-18/

Scholarships & Bursaries


Leweston awards a number of scholarships each year for Academic Excellence, Art/Design, Music, Drama and Sport depending on your child's age. A limited number of All Rounder scholarships are also available. Scholarships of 10% (Minor) - 20% (Major) of tuition fees for Academic Excellence, and 5% (Minor) - 10% (Major) of tuition fees for all other areas, are awarded on merit. We may also supplement these with further financial assistance based on your family's needs though a means tested bursary. 

Scholarship Dates 2017 Entry

Junior Department Scholarships (Entry into Years 4 and 5)
Academic Excellence, Music and Sport Scholarships - Monday 28th November 2016

Closing Date for Applications – Monday 21st November 2016

11+ and 13+ Scholarships

Academic Scholarships - Monday 23rd January 2017

Art/Design (13+ only), Music, Drama and Sport Scholarships - Tuesday 24th January 2017

Closing Date for Applications – Monday 16th January 2017

Sixth Form Scholarships

Academic Scholarships - Monday 14th November 2016

Art/Design, Music, Drama and Sport Scholarships - Tuesday 15th November 2016

Closing Date for Applications – Monday 7th November 2016


Leweston offers a limited number of means tested bursaries to families from a broad range of income levels. However, for our bursary programme to be truly effective and to aid as many deserving families as possible, it is expected that families will make their children's education a financial priority. Bursaries may take a variety of forms. Examples include a percentage of tuition or boarding fees, a proportion of the difference between tuition and boarding fees, and a fixed sum.  

Forces Discount

Leweston has had many years’ experience in catering for the needs of Forces families. As a boarding and day school we offer a range of different boarding options that allow girls and their families to find a style of boarding that works well for them, be it full, weekly or flexi boarding. Our boarders enjoy a busy and varied programme of activities both in the evenings and at the weekends.

Leweston offers a 10% discount on the full boarding and tuition fees for daughters of military families (this will increase to a 20% discount from September 2017). Fees can be reduced further still if families are entitled to the MOD Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA). Please see the download below for a breakdown of the costs.

To find out more about Scholarships, Bursaries or our Forces Discount please contact the Admissions Team on 01963 211010 or email admissions@leweston.dorset.sch.uk.

Admissions Process

We accept applications year-round for entrance when space permits, and students can enter the school at different levels. We look forward to working with you through the admissions process.

Step 1. Request information

Please contact our Admissions Team on 01963 211010 or admissions@leweston.dorset.sch.uk for a prospectus and/or any other information that applies to your family and we'll be happy to help.

Step 2. Arrange a Visit or Attend an Open Morning

Please join us for an Open Morning with a student-led tour of the school, an opportunity to hear from the Head, meet our teachers and see our facilities. Open days are an excellent way of getting a feel for Leweston and for seeing the school ‘in action’. We also would be happy to arrange an individual visit if you can't make an Open Morning or would prefer a more ‘one to one’ introduction to Leweston. Please contact our admissions team if you would like to arrange a visit.

Step 3. Register

If you wish to secure a place for your child it is advisable to register them with the school. A registration form can be requested from the admissions team. The registration fee for the Senior School and Sixth Form is £100. The registration fee for the Junior Department and Nursery is £75.

Entry Requirements

Your child can start at Leweston anytime from Nursery right up to Sixth Form. As the process and entry requirements vary from year to year, please refer to the detailed information below.

Nursery (ages 3 months to 4 years)

Leweston's Nursery is open from 8am to 6pm and for 50 weeks of the year (we close for a week at both Easter and Christmas). We also offer a breakfast club which runs from 7.30 to 8am. The Nursery takes babies as young as 3 months and they will stay in the Nursery until the move through to Reception at age 4. Following your visit we strongly recommend that your child has a 'settling in session' in the Nursery, this will give you the chance to talk through your child’s routine, likes and dislikes with our Nursery staff. We also recommend you register your child as early as possible as sessions get very full.

Junior Department (co-educational from Reception - Year 6)

Whilst pupils normally start in the Autumn Term, we do have vacancies available at other times of the year. Following your visit we will invite your child in for a ‘taster day’ during which they will sit an informal assessment administrated by their Form Teacher who will meet you at the start and end of the day along with your child’s ‘guardian angel' (another pupil in their class who will look after them for the day). A place is offered following their taster day and assessment. If your child has a favourite subject or activity please let the admissions department know and we will do our best to plan their taster day accordingly. 

Senior School and Sixth Form (Years 7 - 13)

Leweston Senior School accepts girls from ages 11 to 18. Entry is normally at age 11 into Year 7, at age 13 into Year 9 and age 16 into Year 12, although girls are accepted into any year group if appropriate. A taster day will be arranged at your convenience during which your daughter will sit our school entrance assessment - a series of academic, numerical and perceptual reasoning tests that takes approximately an hour. For Prep School candidates, we mark Common Entrance 13+ papers; however it is not a requirement for entry and all candidates sit our own assessment tests. We do not provide past papers.

In addition to the above, entry into the Sixth Form at 16+ is dependent on six good passes at GCSE and is at the absolute discretion of the Head. Overseas students can arrange to be tested at their current school. We will also require a satisfactory reference from the Head of your daughter’s current school. 


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