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The Leys School

Trumpington Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England CB2 7AD

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 11 - 18 Years Day & Boarding (Full, Weekly)

Achieve the exceptional at the Leys. The combination of our distinctive ethos and world-class location makes The Leys unique.

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Word From The Head

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From Martin Priestley, Headmaster

The first thing to say is that The Leys is the leading co-educational boarding and day school in Cambridge.

The second thing to say is that the above statement, whilst true, does not begin to convey what makes this such a special place.

We are more than just a school. The Leys is a close-knit, engaged, friendly community in which pastoral care is seen as our top priority. I often say to visitors that we see ourselves as a big, small school: big enough to offer a huge range of opportunities, but small enough that we are able to get to know individuals, with all their individual strengths and unique characters, and able to encourage them to strive to be the best they can be. The confidence which our pupils gain from this encouraging family atmosphere is perhaps the greatest gift we can offer them – without it, they cannot hope to fulfil their potential in work and play.

Established in 1875, The Leys values its history, yet it blends traditional values – courtesy, kindness, tolerance, respect, decency – with a forward and outward-looking approach to education. Dedicated staff and superb facilities combine powerfully as we prepare young people for the challenges which lie ahead at university and beyond. Yet I have always believed that school is, or should be, about far more than merely “preparation for life”. Indeed, my ambition is that Leysians will be able to look back on their experiences here as amongst the most intrinsically rewarding, challenging and stimulating chapters of their developing lives.

Set in the centre of the beautiful and stimulating city of Cambridge, one of the world’s leading cultural and academic cities, our unique location allows our pupils unrivalled opportunities to achieve the exceptional. Our added-value in academic progress is highly impressive, and the range of creative, cultural and sporting opportunities is breathtaking. We are rightly proud of our pupils’ achievements, both in the classroom and outside it, but the greatest pride we have is in the pupils themselves. They are our greatest achievement.

I hope that you will find that this website offers an overview of what life is like for pupils here at The Leys. If you like what you see and read, then please do come and see for yourself those special qualities which make The Leys what it is. I look forward to welcoming you.

Open Days, Visits & Events

20-04-2024 - Open Morning

Open Mornings take place on a Saturday morning, during a normal teaching day. This means you will see the school in full operation which will provide you with a good first introduction to the life at The Leys.

Typical Open Morning Programme

Introductory addresses
Tour of The Leys with a pupil guide.
Coffee break
Tour of a Day or Boarding House with a Housemaster or Housemistress
Q&A session with pupils and staff

What We Offer

  • A Level - Advanced Level Examinations
  • IGCSE - International General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • Business studies
  • Classics
  • Design Technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • Electronics
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Theology
  • Ancient Greek
  • Chinese
  • English As Foreign/2nd Language
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Fitness Training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Martial Arts
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Sports
  • Adventure Training
  • Ballet
  • Cadets
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Horse Riding & Management
  • Language Club
  • Public Speaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH)
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
  • Armed Forces Children
  • Diplomatic Children
  • Expatriate Children
  • Gifted Children
  • International Students
  • Special Diets


  • Entry test or exam
  • Interview
  • Academic
  • All-rounder
  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Art
  • Bursaries
  • Clergy/Ministers
  • Drama
  • Financial Assistance
  • Music
  • Scholarships - Other
  • Siblings
  • Sixth Form
  • Sport
  • Inter-denominational
  • Methodist
  • English

    Age Range & Fees

    Age Range11 to 18
    Annual Day Fees *£16545 to £22920
    Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
    Annual Full Boarding Fees *£24920 to £34245
    * Currency: GB Pound

    Number Of Pupils

    150Full Boarding120
    65Weekly Boarding41
    Boys Girls

    Number Of Staff

    Full-time: 74
    Part-time: 7

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University

    School Reviews

    ISI Inspection Report

    Relationships between staff and pupils and among pupils themselves are outstanding; pupils feel able to contribute in a supportive, non-judgemental environment, and as a result are willing to try out new ideas. Throughout the school, the most able pupils achieve their potential through strategies...