As a boarding and day school Leweston has 125 full and weekly boarders. 94 of these are full boarders who are in every weekend minus exeats.
Leweston operates 3 boarding houses in the same site (all adjoining).
Leweston has an International Boarding Committee which has a representative from each nationality in each year group. The committee meets fortnightly to promote and support the international community of the school by providing a forum for international students to air their opinions, ideas or concerns.
The quality of the boarding provision and outcomes for pupils are excellent; pupils benefit from high quality care and strong academic and extra-curricular provision. Boarders are happy and feel supported and cared about, while having the space to think for themselves.
Independent Schools Inspection Report 2015
We aim to make Leweston a second home for our overseas students. With over 30 years' experience of educating students of many nationalities we have developed an understanding and a comprehensive provision for the many different cultural and personal needs of our overseas students. Here in this beautiful and inspiring setting the girls live in a community that nurtures the individual to achieve her potential, and to grow socially, academically and spiritually. Girls have the facilities to study productively; to enjoy varied and stimulating leisure time; to form lasting bonds of friendship and to learn to live co-operatively, with sensitivity to the needs of others. Boarding at Leweston allows girls to develop independence in a secure environment; to take responsibility for themselves, their learning and others, and to take full advantage of the wide range of activities and facilities Leweston has to offer.
Each girl at Leweston has a tutor and House Mistress to help guide her academic and pastoral development through her school life. Tutor meetings take place on a regular basis during the school day with the aim being that each pupil can discuss option choices that might need to be made, personal concerns, end of term grades or exam results. Tutors work in conjunction with the Head of Year and Senior Tutor.
We really enjoy the privilege of supporting and educating the girls in our care.
The contribution of arrangements for pastoral care is excellent. Staff provide excellent support and guidance for pupils
Independent Schools Inspection Report 2015
All overseas students at Leweston must have adult guardians resident in the UK, or be enrolled with a guardianship agency in the UK. Leweston does not provide this service. It is up to the parents to choose a guardian and to liaise with them directly about the care of their daughter.
Girls will need to be able to stay with their guardian (or a host family arranged through a guardianship agency) during our exeat weekends, half-term breaks and, if necessary, the school holidays. Pupils cannot stay at school in any of these periods. The guardian must also be able to take responsibility for the girl if she needs to come out of school at any other time.
All boarders at Leweston have excellent access to the internet with Wi-Fi access in the boarding houses and study areas and the many IT suites situated around the school. The Sixth Form common rooms also have Wi-Fi access and there is access to Skype in the boarding houses. Each Boarding house has its own landline and students can also use their own mobiles to contact their parents outside of lesson time.
Leweston can arrange transfers to and from airports once flight details are supplied.
Studying at Leweston was such a wonderful experience. All students and teachers were welcoming and supportive and I made lots of friends. Leweston gave me a chance to broaden my horizons and I have seen and learnt many things that are so different from my home country. It is a place full of warmth and team spirit and a school that has given me the opportunity to open my mind, appreciate different cultures and become a more independent person.
Leweston was a great period of my life with lots of fun and many meaningful memories. I met so many kind and friendly people. All of the students and teachers at Leweston are so willing to help me when I faced problems. Studying in an international environment, I had the opportunity to interact with people from different countries, which allowed me to learn about different cultures and broaden my horizons. How lucky I am!
At Leweston every student is treated individually and I was provided with the amazing opportunity to study in small groups with a high level of specialist teaching. I received a bespoke education that I would not have received in any other school and as a result achieved my dream of being awarded a place at Trinity College Cambridge. Having exams spread nicely over 2 years made them much less stressful and I got a chance to meet girls from all around the world which was a very nice experience. I leave Leweston well prepared for my future studies.
It seems like yesterday that I was brand new to the school. With the warm atmosphere amongst teachers and Sixth Form, I quickly felt at home. All the experiences at Leweston have enabled me to widen my horizons and learn to be independent. It has been a fun, meaningful and brilliant two years. For me coming to Leweston was definitely an opportunity of a lifetime and a remarkable experience.
I can’t believe that our time at Leweston is actually over. It makes me both sad and happy to leave and take the next step. I have been at Leweston for seven years, so it really feels like I grew up with all the girls in my year group. Leweston has taught me a lot of lessons that I will value for life.