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The Leys School, Cambridgeshire

School Details
School Crest
Trumpington Road,
United Kingdom,

Tel: +44 1223 508900
Fax: +44 1223 505333

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Mr Martin Priestley

Nicola Steed

Accreditations and affiliations:
Religious affiliation:
Methodist, Inter-denominational
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
11 - 18
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Entry test or exam, Interview, Scholarship exam

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Academic, 6th Form, Music, All-rounder, Senior school entry, Financial need, Other scholarships, Siblings, CDT, Junior school entry, Armed forces discounts or bursaries, Drama, Clergy/Ministers, Sport, Art, Other bursaries, Means tested bursaries

What we offer

  • Classics
  • Business studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Psychology
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Electronics
  • ICT
  • Economics
  • Theology
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • French
  • German
  • Ancient Greek
  • Chinese
  • Hockey
  • Squash
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Martial arts
  • Rounders
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Gymnastics
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Fitness training
  • Golf
  • Water sports
  • Volleyball
  • Shooting
  • Dance
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Language club
  • Chess
  • Skiing
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Drama productions
  • Rock climbing
  • Ballet
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Horse riding and management
  • Adventure training
  • Canoeing
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
Head PhotoThe Leys is situated near the centre of the ancient university city of Cambridge on a compact site alongside a spacious playing field. (The total site is 50 acres.) Entry is at 11, 12, 13, 14 or 16 for boys and girls. The total number of pupils is 545. There are 180 pupils in the Sixth Form. There are two Sixth Form boarding houses, three 13-18 boys' boarding houses and two 13-18 girls' boarding houses: there is a co-educational 13-18 Day house and a junior house for 11-12 year olds, who are either Day pupils or Boarders. With its Methodist foundations and a liberal Christian ethos, The Leys is a friendly, caring and happy community which welcomes pupils from all parts of the UK together with representatives from many other countries.

A high academic standard is maintained, with 65% A or A* grades achieved at GCSE in 2008. At A level, 90% gained A - C in 2008 and the pass rate last year was 99%. At GCSE pupils study a core of English, Mathematics, Science and a modern Language together with three optional subjects. At A level there are 24 subjects available.

Pupils are encouraged to broaden their intellectual, cultural and sporting horizons. In addition to a well equipped Theatre and state-of-the-art Music School, the Rugg Centre offers a wide range of artistic and technical activities. There are a large number of societies. The swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, gymnasium and extensive playing fields offer many sporting opportunities. The Sports Complex and floodlit all weather pitch was opened in March 1995 with the second astro having just been opened. Service to the community is encouraged through the CCF, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and our own Community Service Group.

More recently the facilities have been extended further to include an IT Library, Modern Languages block, an extended Art and Technology department and a humanities building. The new Music was officially opened by Patron of The Leys School musician Julian Lloyd Webber in May 2005 and an upgrade of boarding facilities is currently underway.

The Leys is large enough to offer many opportunities, but not so large as to lose sight of the individual.

Alumni - Sir Alastair Burnet; Martin Bell MP; James Ballard; Lord Oliver; Richard Heffer; James Hilton; Malcolm Lowry; Sir Henry Dale; J Arthur Rank; Sir Andrew Wiles.
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