Pupils are ambitious and successful in gaining entry to the courses and universities of their choice, including those with the highest entry requirements.
Independent Schools Inspection Report 2015
Virtually all activity and provision in the Sixth Form is aimed at preparation for life after Leweston. Focusing on your continuing education, you will be given advice and guidance on higher education and post school opportunities through a structured programme over two years. Much of this is offered through PSHE lessons and tutorial time involving the tutors, the Head of Careers, outside speakers and the Head of Sixth Form. A wide range of resources are available to you including websites and paper based resources located in the Careers Department Library. While most Sixth Formers do go on to university from Leweston, the school takes care to help students consider the vast range of other possibilities and to encourage them to explore the diversity of opportunities which can be taken on a gap year – we have had speakers from a number of different gap year companies and charities in recent years.
A visit to a UCAS Higher Education Convention in the spring term of your Lower Sixth year will enable you to access information from a wide range of participating universities and colleges. Workshops in the summer term of the same year will help you with your personal statements and to complete the online application to university. In the Upper Sixth continued individual support is available from Tutors and the Head of Sixth Form to assist you in finalising your applications. The PSHE programme offers information and discussion on practical aspects of living away from home such as managing finance, personal safety and cooking on a limited budget.
You will be offered individual interviews with the Careers Coordinator, the Head of Sixth Form and you can also arrange to have mock interview practice. A programme of lunchtime talks and discussion is open to all who wish to extend their horizons and skills but particularly those who are preparing Oxford or Cambridge applications or applying for medicine, dentistry or veterinary science. Those applying for Art Foundation courses are given advice and support by the Art Department staff on completing their application and preparing for interview and presenting a portfolio of work. In many other aspects too, whether travel abroad, organising events, community service, social life, fund raising or the independence of driving, Sixth Formers' activities contribute to a confident transition from their school days to the adult world beyond.
An education at Leweston is more that just results. We want you to leave Leweston with experiences and memories that you will take with you for life. You will also leave with friendships that will endure long after your time at school has ended.
See below some of our former pupil testimonials about what their time at Leweston meant to them…
EVER SINCE MY TIME AT LEWESTON, I HAVE HAD THE COURAGE TO TAKE RISKS AND I AM HAPPY THAT THIS IS STILL THE CASE. MY TIME AT LEWESTON ALSO TAUGHT ME TO MAKE INDEPENDENT AND STRONG MINDED DECISIONS, WHICH HAS SUBSEQUENTLY NEVER ALLOWED ME GIVE UP ON FINDING MY NICHE IN LIFE.
I WAS VERY LUCKY AT LEWESTON, IN THAT THE SCHOOL WAS PREPARED TO LET ME STUDY ANCIENT GREEK FOR GCSE AND THEN A LEVEL WHICH WAS INVALUABLE SO FAR AS GOING ON TO DO A CLASSICS DEGREE AT CAMBRIDGE WAS CONCERNED. SUCH FLEXIBILITY WOULD, I THINK, HAVE BEEN MUCH MORE UNUSUAL AT A BIGGER SCHOOL, WHERE AN INDIVIDUALS’ NEEDS MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN TAKEN SO CAREFULLY INTO ACCOUNT. THE EXCITING MUSICAL OPPORTUNITIES ON OFFER ALSO HELPED ME TO DEVELOP AS A MUSICIAN, AND TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY’S RICH MUSICAL LIFE WHEN I GOT THERE.
THANKS TO MY YEARS AT LEWESTON I BELIEVE I HAVE APPROACHED LIFE WITH AN OPEN MIND, IT WAS A SCHOOL THAT INSTILLED IN ME A SENSE OF DECENCY, HONESTY AND COURAGE TO BE MYSELF AND DO WHAT I BELIEVE IN.
MY TIME AT LEWESTON COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER SPENT. I HAVE MADE SOME OF THE BEST FRIENDS I COULD EVER HAVE HOPED FOR AND I KNOW THAT THESE FRIENDSHIPS WILL LAST INTO MY ADULTHOOD.
LEWESTON HAS GIVEN ME THE HAPPIEST AND MOST MEMORABLE TIMES AND PREPARED ME FOR THE FUTURE IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY. ALTHOUGH TINGED WITH SADNESS, I FEEL I LEAVE WELL PREPARED FOR WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT ME!
I regularly miss my school days. How lucky I was to be a pupil at Leweston and share my journey with such wonderful staff and girls. I would not be here today with a ‘BVMedSci BVM BVS (hons)’ after my name if it was not for Leweston, who took a very determined and enthusiastic pupil straight to her goal which has now been achieved!