Leweston Junior Department is an independent Catholic school for boys and girls with boarding and flexi-boarding provision for girls from age 7.
The school is situated in forty-six acres of Dorset parkland three miles south of Sherborne and occupies an enviable setting in a skilfully converted former Coach House providing a unique range of bright spacious classrooms. The beautiful rural site is shared with Leweston School (girls 11–18 years) and the Junior Department enjoys the benefit of many excellent facilities including a modern, well-equipped Design Technology Centre, an all-weather sports pitch, a heated swimming pool, a large sports hall, tennis courts and extensive playing fields. The parkland setting offers many opportunities for study and recreation.
Programmes of study encompass the National Curriculum without being constrained by it. Basic subjects are taught to a high standard concentrating on literacy and numeracy acquisition in the early years before expanding into a broader curriculum in Years 3–6. Well qualified class teachers and specialist subject teachers foster independent learning and encourage the development of problem solving and investigative skills in all areas of the curriculum. Due to the integration of the two schools in 2014, Junior pupils now take advantage of the specialist teaching in Languages, (including Spanish), Art, Maths, Domestic Science, Music and Sport that is provided by the Senior School. Academic standards are high and many pupils gain awards to senior school.
There is a strong tradition in the performing arts. Music, drama and dance are taught within the curriculum. A high percentage of pupils learn to play musical instruments and take additional drama. There is a school orchestra and choir and many opportunities throughout the year for performance and grade examinations in both music and drama. All pupils in Years 4–6 undertake English Speaking Board assessments. Individual and team sports are considered important as part of the healthy, active lifestyle and the school enjoys a particular reputation for hockey, cross-country and ‘athlon’ sports such as biathlon, triathlon and pentathlon. Art, Ceramics and Design Technology are taught by specialist teachers using the exceptional facilities in the Design Technology Centre.
The Early Years classrooms occupy the refurbished areas set within the original Coach House and are well placed, benefiting from the secure south facing gardens and well equipped play areas. All children make regular use of the extensive grounds. Here they become focused learners, commencing a journey of exploration, adventure and fun!
Young children thrive in the happy purposeful environment of the Nursery and Reception. The stimulating and carefully structured activities are designed to enable all the children to reach their full potential through a carefully planned timetable including imaginative play, dance, cookery, French, Music and Information Communication Technology (ICT). As the children progress through these early stages of their education, they are encouraged to develop a love of reading and they learn to ask enquiring questions about the world in which they live.
The school also offers a weekly Parent and Toddler Group which runs every Thursday at the Nursery from 9.00-11.00 and a weekly Aquatots Group for babies and toddlers from 3 months – 3 years, which runs every Wednesday during the summer months at the Senior School pool from 10.30-11.30. Both groups are open to all. The Parent and Toddler Group sessions FREE to attend and the Aquatots sessions are £3.50.
Joint Schools Open Day for the Nursery, Junior and Senior Departments: Friday 3 October 09.45 – 13.00.
Joint Schools Open Day for the Nursery, Junior and Senior Departments: Bank Holiday Monday 4 May 2015 09.45-13.00.
Leweston Junior Department offers scholarships for entrance into Years 3-6 for Academic Excellence, Art/DT, Drama, Music and Sport. A limited number of All Rounder's scholarships are also available.
Junior Department (for entry into Years 3-6) – Monday 1 December 2014
Closing Date – Monday 24 November 2014
For more information about any of our forthcoming Open Days or Scholarships please contact the Registrar, Mrs Chiara Damant on 01963 211010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.