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The Leys School

An independent co-educational boarding and day school for children aged 11 to 18

  • Headmaster: Mr Martin Priestley
  • Pupils: 577 – Boarders: 368
  • Boarding Fees: up to £35,610 per annum
  • A Level curriculum at Sixth Form

About the School

The Leys School has a unique location, in the heart of the historic university city of Cambridge. This brings with it a wealth of enrichment opportunities many pupils and their families can only dream of and the school takes full advantage of this; Sixth Form pupils may be mentored by university post-grad students, the school choir sings with the College choirs, pupils attend university lectures, they have access to some of the world’s most eminent speakers who regularly visit The Leys, the school’s award-winning boathouse is shared with three Cambridge colleges. The advantages of being located in this world-renowned seat of learning are endless.

A Leys education is built on three foundation stones; academic, the wider-curriculum and pastoral support, the most important of which is the latter.  The wellbeing of pupils is key to each child’s success.  Pupils thrive in all other aspects of their education when they feel happy and supported. The House system is fundamental to this and the school, often known as a ‘big, small school’ means it is large enough to offer breadth of opportunity but small enough that each pupil is individually known.  In terms of the Wider Curriculum, there are over 100 activities and clubs which take place every week at The Leys; from cookery to kayaking, from debating to CCF, pupils are encouraged to take part in as many as they can, to broaden their horizons and build their confidence and self-belief.

Academically The Leys is thriving.  In 2019 The Leys was proud to have won The Sunday Times East Anglian Senior School of the Year award, largely due to its ever-improving examination results. Almost all pupils go to their first choice university and the school achieves, on average, six Oxbridge entrants per year.

15% of pupils at The Leys are from overseas, representing a relatively small cohort of the school.  They come from over 30 countries to form a truly diverse group, fully integrated in the life of the school.  Many join The Leys at Sixth Form but they are equally spread across all year groups form Year 7 upwards.

Overall The Leys is a happy and purposeful school and is known as such. The school is delighted to welcome families to Open Days throughout the year to get a taste of what life is like at The Leys and what makes it a truly special place to be.

Staff and Student Quotes

“Cambridge is a vibrant and diverse city. International pupils thrive at The Leys where the traditional values of respect, tolerance, decency and courtesy, blend with a forward-looking approach to a Cambridge education”

Mr. Martin Priestley

“When I joined The Leys in 2016 I had no idea what a great community I was joining. Within days I was settled in and made friends almost immediately. My Housemaster, Mr Long, is so friendly and helpful and I know I can talk to him or Zoe (our Matron) whenever I need to”

Year 11 from Russia

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