Leweston School, Sherborne
Situated in 46 acres of stunning Dorset parkland, just south of Sherborne, Leweston is a Catholic independent day and boarding school welcoming girls from ages 2 to 18 and boys from 2 to 7. From September 2010 we are extending our provision for boys by taking them as day pupils into the first year of the Prep School (Year 3). A fully co-educational system will be phased in to the Prep School over the next three years. The Senior School, which takes girls from the age of 11 to 18, will remain single sex. To find out more about this exciting development please visit the Prep or Pre-Prep sections of our website.
Situated in 46 acres of stunning Dorset parkland, just south of Sherborne, Leweston is a Catholic independent boarding and day school that welcomes pupils of all denominations. Leweston takes girls and boys from 3 months to 4 in the Nursery, 4 to 11 in the Junior Department and girls from age 11 to 18 in the Senior School. At Leweston we are embarked upon the most exciting adventure of education which is both challenging and fun. We believe that education is for life. It is our aim that all pupils should leave us independent of mind and well equipped with the skills they will need to excel in a changing world. History and Setting St Antony's school was founded in Sherborne in 1891 by the Sisters of Christian Instruction.
The first sisters travelled from their mother house in Belgium to promote the education of academic and spiritual education of girls and St Antony's was the order's first establishment in the UK. The sisters established two schools on the site: St Antony's, a girls boarding school and St Joseph's which offered free education to the local community until government legislation forced it to close in the 1950s. In 1948 the demands of the Education Act led to the sisters moving the senior pupils to Leweston Manor an extensive estate which dates back to the Middle Ages when it was the property of the now defunct Leweston family. The range of buildings on the site spans several architectural epochs. The historically important Trinity Chapel is one of the first post-Reformation churches in the country whereas the core of the present school, a fine Palladian manor house was built in the late 18th century with Art Deco interior refurbishments and later additions including dining, boarding and teaching wings.
The Junior Department continued in Sherborne until 1993 when the whole school was reunited once again on the Leweston campus and the younger pupils took up residence in the redesigned Coach House. The school amended its name in 2007 to Leweston School. T
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