St Antony’s Leweston School
圣安东尼-路易丝顿学校, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6EN
Tel: 01963 210691 Fax: 01963 210786
• GIRLS, 11–18, Day & Boarding
• Pupils 252, Upper sixth 38
• Termly fees £3925 (Day), £5925 (Boarding)
• GSA, BSA
• Enquiries to the Admissions Tutor
What it’s like
Founded in 1891, it is situated 3 miles south of the historic abbey town of
Sherborne, in beautiful Dorset countryside. It is based around an elegant
18th-century manor house set in 40 acres of grounds and parkland, including an
open-air theatre. Good modern facilities include centres for science, for design
and technology and for music, computer suites, robotics and arts studios and an
all-weather sports pitch. The prep school is on the same site. It is a Catholic
school with a keen sense of Christian and moral values. There is a wide social
mix and spread of talents; the school’s aim is to encourage in each pupil a
sense of her own worth and ability. Examination results are good. There is a
strong tradition in music, drama and the creative arts. A good range of sports
is available. There is a centre for help with individual needs support, dyslexia
and EFL, although with limited places. The school has very flexible boarding
arrangements; day girls are welcome to join in weekend activities.
Scholarships & bursaries Scholarships available: academic, science,
sport, art, drama and music (awarded at 11, 13 and 16). Also some bursaries.
Parents Strong links with the army and navy, also business and
farming communities. Boarders include those from Europe, America, Mexico and Far
Head & staff
Head: Henry J MacDonald, in post from 1999. Educated at St Brendon’s
College, Bristol, and universities of Oxford (classics) and Bristol (PGCE).
Previously Head of Classics at the school.
Teaching staff: 43 full time, 13 part time. Average age 45.
GCSE: In 2003, 39 pupils in Year 11: 95% gained at least grade C in 8+
subjects, 5% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 61 (59 over 5 years).
A-levels: 38 in upper sixth: 99% passed in 3+ subjects. Average
final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 350.
University & college entrance 98% of sixth-form leavers go on to
degree courses (16% after a gap year), 7% to Oxbridge. 7% take courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 14% in science & engineering, 44% in
humanities & social sciences, 19% in the arts, 15% in vocational subjects eg
computer studies, physiotherapy, business.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 24 subjects offered (including
A-level sports studies, further maths, psychology and theatre studies).
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level
(few take 4 or 5). General studies not taken but all sixth form have current
affairs and critical thinking lessons. Key skills taught, one a term, and
applied to activities. 17% take science A-levels; 65% arts/humanities; 19% both.
Vocational: Work experience available in Year 11 and 12.
Special provision: Specialist centres for EFL and individual needs
Languages: French, German, Spanish and Italian offered to GCSE and AS and
A-level. 2-week ‘École en France’ in a centre near Caen planned as integral part
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons a week in Years 7–8)
and then across the curriculum, eg maths, English, science. 32 computers for
pupil use (15+ hours a day), all networked and with e-mail and internet access.
Music: Over 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument (22% learn more than
one); instrumental exams can be taken. Musical groups include 2 symphony
orchestras, string ensemble, choral society, chapel choir, chamber music groups,
jazz band with Milton Abbey School.
Drama & dance: LAMDA and Guildhall exams may be taken. Majority of pupils
involved in frequent house and school productions. Regular successes in Bath
Art & design: History of art, painting, drawing, graphic design,
ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, fabric painting and photography offered. Annual
art study tours to eg Paris, Barcelona, Florence, New York.
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, netball, cross-country, rounders, tennis, athletics,
swimming, gymnastics, dance, badminton, basketball. Optional extras include
riding, polo, squash, fencing, karate; for seniors, skiing, lacrosse, golf,
kickboxing. A-level sports studies may be taken. County representatives at
hockey, netball, cross-country, athletics, tennis; national Catholic schools
cross country champions (2004); 2 former pupils karate black belts.
Activities: Pupils take bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Community
service optional; explorer scouts and young leaders programme. Wide range of
evening and weekend activities, eg riding, quad biking, aromatherapy, aerobics,
yoga, trampolining, life-saving, also driving lessons.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in sixth form (where there are dress
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses (4). Prefects, head girl – elected
by staff and peer group.
Religion: Pupils expected to attend Mass once a week. Preparation for
confirmation available for Catholic and Anglican pupils. Anglican Communion once
Social: Discos, film nights, plays, dinners etc with Sherborne, Milton
Abbey and Downside (closely supervised). Annual art and history of art study
tour. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Aims to be firm and fair. Standard policies on drugs,
alcohol and bullying.
Boarding Sixth formers have own study bedroom (with internet access).
Houses divided by age: junior house (7–13) shared with prep school; separate
sixth-form house. Sixth form have own kitchen facilities and may host dinner
parties on a rota system. Many evening and weekend activities. 2 long weekend
exeats each term, short (24 hour) weekends when required. Flexi-boarding
available and popular.
Alumni association Old Antonians’ Association, c/o the school.
Former pupils Sarah Payne; Erin Pizzey; Kristin Scott-Thomas; Colette
Burke (née Halligan); Serena Scott-Thomas; Serena de la Hey; Angela Hickey;
Louise Innes (née Nicholson); Dido Harding (Cheltenham Gold Cup Winner, 1998).